Autobahn Performance Inc. can safely replace your battery in your generation 2 Toyota Prius for $2699. This includes parts, labor, and battery registration to the vehicle. Please visit our website’s hybrid vehicles page www.autobahnperformance.org for more information.
We are working on a very clean and original 1995 SL600 (129 chassis) that has less than 30,000 miles on it. Unfortunately this vehicle was made by Mercedes with faulty wiring insulation that has deteriorated and caused short circuits in many components. The main engine harness (just includes the fuel injector wires and a few others) is in the worst condition. The main body mounted engine harness has some wiring circuits that are bad, Mostly the air mass meter harness. This harness is over$5000 for the part and approximately 60 hours labor to replace. It runs from the headlights to the trunk of the car, behind the dash and under the interior. This job at the Mercedes dealer could legitimately be $14,500. Just for the body mounted harness. Here at Autobahn Performance Inc. in Ft. Lauderdale Florida we have developed a repair kit and procedure to repair this harness without removal for less than $1800. It will work on V12 engine in the 129 (SL convertible) chassis and the 140 chassis (4-door sedan or 2- door coupe). In rare cases more than the normal wire circuits are affected by the insulation deterioration and the harness is unrepairable. This is usually only in European-delivered vehicles and the sedan 140 chassis. If a wire suffers from insulation deterioration the entire length of wire must be replaced. Trying to splice onto a section of the wire will not work properly and will result in short circuits and possibly a fire. The insulation will start to crumble near where you are trying to repair it and you will probably make your problems worse rather than better.
The throttle actuators (electronic controlled throttle body, TBA Throttle Body actuators): There is one for each side of the engine. (note: the one on the right side of the engine feeds the air into the left side of the engine and vise versa) The actuators have a short wire harness coming out of them, it’s about 14 inches long, that connects to the body-mounted engine harness. These harnesses also have the insulation failure problem. The harnesses are part of the actuators and are not available as a separate piece from Mercedes. The Actuators can be rebuilt and new harnesses soldered into place. Again, do not try to repair these as you will not be able to properly connect new wires to the electrical connector end of the harness. Short circuits in the wiring of the actuators commonly cause damage to the E-GAS actuators (the control units that control the throttle actuators). These also can be rebuilt.
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We are able to supply the 722.9 conductor plates and valve bodies to our customers. They take a few days to obtain and we have to provide the correct documentation, but we are able to get the parts for most local customers. (The dealers do not even stock these, so it takes a few days if you take your vehicle to the dealer.) We’ve had issues with private dealer owned vehicles that have open titles. There is currently no way to get a TRP part if the vehicle is not owned and registered by an individual.
These units are failing so often that the dealer has restricted selling them even in their own shop. To order a part the dealer must submit a request with computer scans and control unit log reports of the suspected failed vehicles electronics. The factory then sends the parts they deem necessary for the repair (conductor plate assembly or complete valvebody).
It’s rumored that Siemens VDO (the manufacturer of the electrical control units) is in a battle with Mercedes over the validity of failing units. Why should an internal problem with Mercedes and its suppliers affect our ability to acquire parts and repair our customers’ vehicles? Mercedes is requiring the vehicles be brought into one of their dealers for any valve body or conductor plate repair even if the vehicle is not covered under warranty and the customer is paying for it. In our customers’ view this would be perceived as an inability for us to repair their vehicles and give the dealers an unfair advantage at gaining the customers’ business. One customer lost for life could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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The A-Best Forklift #8 Nascar Southern Modified Came from the back of the field and Led the race for 59 laps until an electrical problem caused the car to stall. They had the field easily covered and had a 9 second lead over the second place car at one point of the race. Their car started to missfire at high R.P.M’s due to low ignition voltage and causing them to loose some positions and then stop completely.
Jonny Kievman shot to the front and led the next 52 laps before mechanical woes hit his car. Kievman later said the battery or alternator went away which forced his stall that brought out the caution on Lap 133.
The next race for the A-best Forklift team is April 16th at South Boston Speedway in Virginia. Watch for the team to do well at this race.