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  • b.feeney
    b.feeney - 1995 Mercedes Benz E320 - Steering & Suspension - 8/3/2013
    Squeeking sound when turning the steering wheel back and forth. It is not the drive belt.
    Sound appears to be coming from left front suspension area
     
    • Jimm
      8/3/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; worn / faulty strut mount bushing, worn / faulty steering rack and pinion, worn / faulty idler arm bushing.
      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com - to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the idler arm bushing kit from around $16.30 for your vehicle. The idler arm bushings are easily replaced.
      Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the steps to replace the idler arm bushings.
  • fraziererskine
    fraziererskine - 2006 Mercedes Benz E500 - Steering & Suspension - 7/13/2013
    How do you deactivate rear air suspension to remove axles
    must you have a factory scanner to deactivate and reactivate or is there a procedure I can use to get around this.
     
    • Jimm
      6/29/2013 Jimm
      Prior to jacking or lifting a vehicle with air suspension, you must turn off the suspension switch. The switch is generally located in the trunk or on the right side of the passenger foot well.
    • mattolise
      7/13/2013 mattolise
      mercedes c320 just stoped while on motion, pls what could be responsible?
  • skayfrench
    skayfrench - 1980 Mercedes Benz 450SL - Steering & Suspension - 7/4/2013
    Do I need special tools/skills to replace the power steering gaskets in the pump and steering box?
    The car is actually a 1975 MB450Sl, but your chart only goes to 1980
     
    • Jimm
      7/4/2013 Jimm
      No special tools needed - simple hand tools; sockets / rachet set. Maybe a three-jaw puller for the initial steering box removal. As far as skills - as long as you can foolow the steps in a detailed repair manual - you should be OK.
      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.partsgeek.com, www.carpartswarehouse.com, or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts.
  • Reydesantos
    Reydesantos - 2008 Mercedes Benz E550 - Steering & Suspension - 6/6/2013
    The air suspension will and rise what are the causes
    I checked the air compressor relay and the are good but not module or sensor if there are level sensor
     
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  • david.brindley111
    david.brindley111 - 2009 Mercedes Benz CLS550 - Steering & Suspension - 6/6/2013
    What will cause the suspension to not raise and bottom out on the passenger side only?
    I can hear a noise like air squeaking out from under the front passenger side of the car.
     
    • frankiedonnn
      6/6/2013 frankiedonnn
      Im not familiar with Mercedez Benz but i take it you have air suspension like the Citron that rises when the vehicle is started and falls when switched off.If thats the case then it seems like there's an air leak some where in the hoses.
  • david.brindley111
    david.brindley111 - 2009 Mercedes Benz CLS550 - Steering & Suspension - 6/5/2013
    What will cause the car to not raise (bottom out) on the passenger side?
     
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  • wt123456
    wt123456 - 2004 Mercedes Benz E500 - Steering & Suspension - 6/1/2013
    Does Air shock strut assembly go bad as early as 50k miles?
    I have 3 vehicles.I live in Florida and rarely drive the car and left front won't hold air without any warning ! Car Drove fine to store and always have. I opened the trunk and heard air leaking out and it won't hold air on the left front side of the car. The Dash ...
     
    • Jimm
      6/1/2013 Jimm
      It's possible the air shock / strut assembly may leak after 50k miles. Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse, www.carpartswarehouse.com, www.shockwarehouse.com or www.rockauto.com, or www.fcpeuro.com for the replacement parts.
  • MBny
    MBny - 2003 Mercedes Benz C230 - Steering & Suspension - 4/28/2013
    How do I fix the controls on my steering wheel?
    The controls on the left side of my steering wheel have stopped working. These are the controls that are used to access computer information like my mileage. Is this from a fuse that needs to be changed?
     
    • Jimm
      4/28/2013 Jimm
      There are only three connections from the switch group to the clockspring. If half works and half doesn't it will be a bad switch group. There is also the possibility of loose wires or connection on the switches on that side. All of the controls on the steering wheel are just input switches to a SAM using one of the serial data busses in the car. None of them switch any direct power like the switches from the older generation of cars.

      You may need to replace the switch group (either left or right sides) on the steering wheel. Check with the dealership and provide your VIN number for the correct part.
      Jimm
      4/30/2013 MBny
      Thank you Jimm.
  • nrc
    nrc - 2006 Mercedes Benz R350 - Steering & Suspension - 4/11/2013
    My R350 is tilted on the front and rear of the passenger side
    The indicator is showing check tire pressure and to reactiveate flat tire indicator. Tire pressures are normal on all wheels.
     
  • lschors
    lschors - 2003 Mercedes Benz C240 - Steering & Suspension - 4/5/2013
    Every pot hole/ bump very loud from the front end I was told $1900 replaces sway/balljoints all. Dad cannot not find
    Dad is a retired mechanic (40+yrs) nothing is loose, all looks good. What could be the cause; a cadilac dealer told me it was something with the strut, maybe a gasket. (my car was in for collision repair)
     
    • Jimm
      4/5/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / worn strut mount (upper or lower), faulty / worn control arm bushing, faulty / worn sway arm bushings or end links.
      Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD wesite for the specific steps to check the front end and suspension for wear. Do not overpay by $1900.00 until the exact cause of the problem is determined. Get a second, or even a third opinion / estimate as necessary.

      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.rockauto.com,, or www.partsgeek.com - to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the front strut mount (upper) from around $58.00 (per side) and the front left or right upper control arm (includes ball joints and bushings) assembly from around $42.00 each for your vehicle.
      There are less expensive means to accomplish the required repairs.
  • chrishumphrey
    chrishumphrey - 2007 Mercedes Benz E350 - Steering & Suspension - 4/5/2013
    Car sits 3" too high after new springs and shocks
    I have a 2007 E350 that had a broken strut on the drivers side and a bent one on the passenger side (front). The dealer replaced the springs and shocks with new OEM parts. The front of the car now sits at least 3" too high in the front. This car does not have the ...
     
    • Jimm
      4/5/2013 Jimm
      First question - how many miles driven since the springs and struts were replaced? Second question - was there a wheel alignment performed? If yes, the shop who peformed the wheel alignment should have reported and then adjusted the ride height.
      Typically, the new springs and struts will 'settle' to the more standard ride height - given mileage and driving. You should expect the ride height to return to normal or new condition over a period of time.
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/5/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Take it back and question them about the height. It sounds like it is too high from what you describe but there is a specification for chassis that is measured certain specific reference points. Ask the service manager to settle your concerns by showing you the spec for height and then measuring in your presence. The specs cannot lie. I already checked to see if these specs are published and they seem not to be. But this is Mercedes and they should have all the technical print to show you. You have a valid concern. print this and show it to the service manager. He will then look at you and will have to give a reasonable answer.
  • Dion G
    Dion G - 1993 Mercedes Benz 600SEL - Steering & Suspension - 3/20/2013
    Is their a height adjustment for my rear suspension, and my trunk and door vacuum works intermittently
     
    • racel4750
      3/20/2013 racel4750
      Coul be the weight sensors are faulty. During all wheel alignment vehicle height is also checked and adjusted to specs.
  • lori1079
    lori1079 - 2009 Mercedes Benz R350 - Steering & Suspension - 3/19/2013
    How much to replace 2 front manual struts? total for parts and labor
     
    • Jimm
      3/19/2013 Jimm
      Check the many on-line parts sources; such as www.RockAuto.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, or www.autopartsfair.com, or www.partsfair.com - for the replacement parts.
      For example, they (Parts Fair) lists the front strut assemblies from around $173.00 each. The labor to replace should be around 1 hour to 1.5 hours to replace - the labor costs will vary by the individual repair shop. Be sure to have a front end alignment done when the struts are replaced.
  • mlace1019
    mlace1019 - 2003 Mercedes Benz CL55 AMG - Steering & Suspension - 3/18/2013
    Why does the right rear tire scrape the wheel well when I hit a bump or dip.
    Only on the right side, no problems with the left
     
    • racel4750
      3/18/2013 racel4750
      Needs camber and toe adjustment on that particular wheel.
  • rickydavis515
    rickydavis515 - 2006 Mercedes Benz S430 - Steering & Suspension - 2/23/2013
    I replaced front wheel bearings,and seals
    .Then test drove the car it had hesitation and 3 malfunction warnings came up on dash.the (ESP and brake assist and air ride)
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/23/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I would say that it is required at this point to identify the numeric fault codes that are now stored for the abs which may also cause other systems to also turn the warning lights on. Example: an abs fault on most cars will also turn on a suspension control warning light if so equipped (in this case the light is for the Electronic Stability program or ESP) and definitely the traction control light, so I believe that your problem is directly related to the abs wheel speed sensors which may have become damaged during the wheel bearing repairs. Recheck your work, read fault codes. You will need a code reader that can access MB abs system.
 
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