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Marty, Mercedes Technician
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I am ***** *****. I have a 1981 380SL that I have done

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Hi, I am ***** *****. I have a 1981 380SL that I have done the waterpump replacement on. When starting to put things back together I see there is a "pin" on the balancer that sticks out and now hits the timing marker
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Sure, As mentioned, a 81 380SL, we pulled the dampner and balancer forward a few inches to get the bottom bolt of the pump on. slide the balancer back, was manually turning it to get TDC and noticed the pin sticking out, I have a picture I can send
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Mercedes
Expert:  Marty replied 5 months ago.
Hi Roger, that pin sticking up out of the balancer should just clear the pointer on the water pump. Make sure that you are installing the balancer the right way. If you flip it over it may hit the pointer. You can also try tapping the pin down into the balancer. I've never seen one come out but that could be your problem. If you would like to send a picture I'll take a look and see if I see anything out of order.Marty