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  • roms515
    roms515 - 1998 Mercedes Benz E320 - Steering & Suspension - 11/4/2010
    The car jumps too much when going over a speed bump or a depression on the read
    • HKS Guy
      11/4/2010 HKS Guy
      Replace your springs. Or it can be your shock absrbers because the shocks control the bounce of the vehicle.
  • Dennis
    Dennis - 1986 Mercedes Benz 560SL - Steering & Suspension - 11/4/2010
    How to replace steering coupler
    0 answer
  • Sammie
    Sammie - 2002 Mercedes Benz S430 - Steering & Suspension - 11/2/2010
    Why is my AC light on? Why when driving I hit bumps my wheels are shaking?
    AC light is on, When you hit a bump wheels are shaking.
    • kmshepler
      11/2/2010 kmshepler
      not too sure about ac. as for the shaking you may have loose lug nuts or a tire may be out of balance.
    • RC
      11/2/2010 RC
      You'll need to check the steering and front suspension for any loose or worn components. I would also check the tires and wheels, like kmshepler says, an unbalanced wheel could be the cause.
    • Mikhelin
      11/2/2010 Mikhelin
      That is no doubt: Ball Joins.
  • Charles
  • jennifer
    jennifer - 2005 Mercedes Benz E320 - Steering & Suspension - 10/30/2010
    Why does the right front wheel squeak badly when i go over anything slightly rough?
    The car has 88,000 miles and has had regular required maintenance.
    • Mikhelin
      10/30/2010 Mikhelin
      Did you forgot maintenance brakes? Check brakes? Brake wear sensor must be factor cause noise.
  • A&W
    A&W - 1993 Mercedes Benz 500SEL - Steering & Suspension - 10/30/2010
    How can I lift car 2"
    • Mikhelin
      10/30/2010 Mikhelin
      Install new aftermarket coil springs, update Stocks/struts, and will lost your OEM value of that car. German manufacturer doesn't provide this idea. Engineering standard for 500 SEL for driving high speed rate, not for off road use. I suggest to leave it alone. Otherwise if your town has bad potholes then buying 4x4 truck.
  • gina
    gina - 1990 Mercedes Benz 300E - Steering & Suspension - 10/20/2010
    What causes clunking and vibration during acceleration, and while traveling up an incline/
    i know i need struts, bearings need to be replaced, as i accelerate while still in second gear it begins to vibrate and makes a clunking sound. It stops once car reaches about 25-30 mph.cluncking or rattling sound constant over each bump in the road.I can rock the ...
      10/20/2010 MOONSTER_TOOLZ
      Check all the suspected issues first then see if this will correct the noise and vibration. If you ask the source of clunking noise, there's a lot of possibilities but mostly it will be depends on your own diagnosis. Possible causes of clunking noise; the sway bar links or connectors are cracked or missing, engine and transmission mounts are worn, shocks and struts are failing, U joint is defective and the axle bearing is failing. Vibrations can be cause of improper tire pressures; improper wheel alignments and the tire conditions.
  • Kay Cann
    Kay Cann - 2004 Mercedes Benz S430 - Steering & Suspension - 10/14/2010
    Rear left suspension
    Airmatic warning /suspension defect left rear.
  • bill91850
    bill91850 - 1988 Mercedes Benz 560SL - Steering & Suspension - 10/9/2010
    I hear a squeak from the suspension when getting into the car or when hitting bumps in the road.
    If I push down repeatedly on the drivers side rear fender the squeaking is loud. Do you think this is a bad shock?
  • cannonloader
    cannonloader - 1989 Mercedes Benz 300E - Steering & Suspension - 10/5/2010
    Right rear wheel has excessive negative camber
    • cannonloader
      10/5/2010 cannonloader
      I know how to check camber. I KNOW that camber is MUCH to negative. There are NO adjustments to be made on this model. I need to know what could be the cause.
    • Pave Low
      10/5/2010 Pave Low
      Did you lower your car?
      Pave Low
      10/7/2010 cannonloader
      No it has not been lowered, except for the fact that the springs are original. A little sag is to be expected, but this is more than just sag.
    • Pave Low
      10/4/2010 Pave Low
      You will first need a camber/caster bubble gauge. Camber/caster bubble gauges are easily found at any local auto parts store.

      Here's more info:

  • ronnie
    ronnie - 1997 Mercedes Benz S420 - Steering & Suspension - 10/2/2010
    Can you put 245/40/18 tires on all 4 wheels of this car
    • Condor
      10/2/2010 Condor
      Yes you can, however make sure you don't install an agressive tread. I had to change tires twice before I got a smooth ride. Goodyear Assurance.
  • john Wei
    john Wei - 2003 Mercedes Benz E500 - Steering & Suspension - 9/30/2010
    Replacing burned suspension air pump compressor questions
    After I replace the air pump does it required computer reset by dealer to make it function properly? and would the error on the dash disappear not requiring computer reset again by dealer. Also does this system have a fuse? and the relay is recommended to be change ...
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  • Mr Phixitt
    Mr Phixitt - 2000 Mercedes Benz ML430 - Steering & Suspension - 9/30/2010
    How to remove the 3 top nuts on rear shock
    Is there an access panel ??
    • Pave Low
      9/29/2010 Pave Low
      Lift up the vehicle using the jack and place it on jack stands. Make sure the vehicle is secure before you crawl underneath it. Remove the tires using the tire iron and place them to the side.

      Pop the trunk and pull back the side panel carpeting to expose the shock towers. Clamp the vice grips to the very top of the shock, then loosen it from the mount using an open-end wrench.

      Unbolt the bottom of the shock from the lower control arm and remove the shock from the suspension. Install the replacement shock onto the lower mount using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket.

      Cut the plastic cable that holds the shock together and guide the top of the shock into the upper shock mount. Then move to the inside of the trunk and bolt the shock in place using the vice grips and an open-end wrench.

      Reinstall the tires using the tire iron, then raise the vehicle off of the jack stands using the jack and place it back on the ground.
    • Mr Phixitt
      9/30/2010 Mr Phixitt
      There is no access to shock tower from inside of this SUV ..Top of shock tower is 1/2 inch below part of frame..Shock is inside coil spring (all one piece) it's not a strut and does not come apart.. suggestions?
  • gina o'malley
    gina o'malley - 2010 Mercedes Benz GLK350 - Steering & Suspension - 9/28/2010
    I took my car for oil change and to have 2 new tires put on, The tires were aligned. when I picked car up it made squeak
    noise from the right passenger front tire. steering felt al little "loose". I drove right backe to dealer they say lower arm joint needs to be replaced. I feel as though alignment was done improperly. They are not fully disclosing all information. will this affect ...
    • Jason
      9/28/2010 Jason
      I don't understand why you would need tires replaced on a 2010 vehicle. Is there more to this story?
    • gina o'malley
      9/28/2010 gina o'malley
      the tread on the 2 front tires was worn. the car has 29,0000 miles on it . No more to the story
    • Jason
      9/28/2010 Jason
      If the lower arm joint is bad, that would cause increased tire wear. That part should be covered under warranty, and I would have the Dealer replace the tires for free...
  • r500
    r500 - 2006 Mercedes Benz R500 - Steering & Suspension - 9/23/2010
    Changed power steering pressure hose. Added exact fluid that was lost after change out. Rotated steering back and forth
    to extract air. Power steering now making noise which was not present prior to changing hose.
    • Mr.KnowItAll
      9/23/2010 Mr.KnowItAll
      Raise the front tires OFF the ground.
      With the car NOT running, move the steering stop to stop several times.
      Start the engine, let it idle for 30 seconds or so.
      Turn it off.
      Repeat step 2.
      Top off as required.

      The reason you need to do this with the engine off, is the pump constantly moves the fluid and time the engine is running. If there is air in the system, it's going to pump fluid and air.
      With the engine off, the air is able to bubble up out of the system as the fluid is not being pumped.
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