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  • andy
    andy - 2004 Mercedes Benz G500 - Steering & Suspension - 4/20/2012
    Where do i add power steeing fluid?
    • RC
      4/20/2012 RC
      Info should be in your owner's manual.
  • Laura Tucker
    Laura Tucker - 2003 Mercedes Benz CLK500 - Steering & Suspension - 4/11/2012
    Rear suspension message came on to stop vechicle an not to drive any further. car is leaning on tire.
    i have replaced 3 and now the 4th is needing replacement..
    • EG9 K20A3
      4/11/2012 EG9 K20A3
      "i have replaced 3 and now the 4th is needing replacement.. " - What did you replace? the shocks themselves? i mean right now im under the impression that its the one you haven replaced yet.

      Why did you replace only 3 and not 4?
  • cal
    cal - 2003 Mercedes Benz E320 - Steering & Suspension - 4/11/2012
    Rear air shock will not inflate
    • EG9 K20A3
      4/11/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Sounds like the seals may have failed in the air shocks themselves. I also think you may have a bleeder valve problem. Follow the lines back and check the bleeder valve to see if it is leaking when you have someone else turn the vehicle on.

      The rear height sensor will turn the air suspension on if it see's the suspension is too low. One of the rear air springs is probably dry rotted and cracked, leaking air.You can spray soapy water onto the rear air springs to check for a leak.Other air leak area is under the brake master cylinder ht air line disintergrates.Check for air leaks.Once it gets to the desired height it should shut down. A diagnostic check for codes with a scan tool made need to be done to check system operation and integrity.
  • Benzballer50
    Benzballer50 - 1999 Mercedes Benz C280 - Steering & Suspension - 4/2/2012
    How can I raise my 1999 Mercedes c280 1 inch? Can I purchase a set of springs to raise it 1 inch?
    I am putting 19 inch wheels on my car with a tire size of 235/40/19 and I'm not sure if they won't rub?
    • EG9 K20A3
      3/29/2012 EG9 K20A3
      No, they wont. Dont raise your car by one inch it will destroy the look.

      Source: Saw one.
      EG9 K20A3
      3/29/2012 Benzballer50
      Thanx 4 the info.......wat if my wheel is 9.5 inches wide and I am goin to put about 15 pounds of sterreo in the back?
    • EG9 K20A3
      4/2/2012 EG9 K20A3
      15 pounds, if i were you chief, raise when you dont like what it looks after all the customization. Its easier to add than to remove.
  • dustin
    dustin - 1987 Mercedes Benz 300SDL - Steering & Suspension - 4/2/2012
    Back control arm/trailing arm broke in half
    is this the part name? Holds the rear wheel on
  • dodi
    dodi - 2006 Mercedes Benz R350 - Steering & Suspension - 4/1/2012
    What is the average cost of rear suspension work in New Jersey?
    • yboy82
      4/1/2012 yboy82
      Try the AutomD Negotiator ( feature on this site it is free. They will call local shops for the repair that you needed and send the multiple quotes from your local shops. So you can compare job prices within your area.
  • rx
    rx - 2004 Mercedes Benz C240 - Steering & Suspension - 3/31/2012
    Problem with steering wheel
    mercedes benz c240 4 matic 31,500 miles. hearing a high pitch squeaking noise when turning at low or low speed. noticed when getting into/out of parking lot. also when the weather is cold, when the car in on and parked. turned the steering wheel left and right ...
    0 answer
  • george hicks
    george hicks - 2000 Mercedes Benz S500 - Steering & Suspension - 3/30/2012
    Stiff steering
    Stirs stiff
    0 answer
  • fueler
    fueler - 1987 Mercedes Benz 560SEC - Steering & Suspension - 3/27/2012
    My air over hydraulic shock are bad, how do I replace with standard hydraulic shocks.
    What do I do with all of the hydraulic equipment that used to take care of the self leveling hydraulics suspension?
    • Jimm
      3/27/2012 Jimm
      Simply replace the air-over shocks with standard (gass-filled or hydraulic) units. The compressor and air lines can simply be removed - and sold (if OK shape) to offset some of the cost.

      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts.
    • EG9 K20A3
  • JohnOB
    JohnOB - 2004 Mercedes Benz S500 - Steering & Suspension - 3/24/2012
    Code C-1501 ??? Power steering is tight. I cannot "turn with a finger"
    This is the root cause of slightly difficult steering. It says solenoid valve Y10. Can I simply replace this solenoid or is it a cpmponent of a larger part?
    • colin
      3/23/2012 colin
      wou;ld need to know if this is electric over hydraulic ,or not as not sure if its all electric .have you looked in the owers manual for the top up if it is hydraulic
      3/23/2012 JohnOB
      I'm sorry but I don't understand about 'for the top up if it's hydraulic'. This is for the power steering and the solenoid valve for the speed sensitive power steering. Again, it's code C-1501 solenoid valve Y10
    • colin
      3/24/2012 colin
      yes i follow now ,sorry but it was late last night ,look on the stering rack where the column meets it and on the housing their should be a sensor which is the load sensor ,i wouldnt place to much emphasis on the code reading as thats a general thing fr guidance ,failing which see if can find a dealer merc fitter in a coffe shop close to the dealers at breakfast time and chat one up for more detailed information ,this is the sort of thing i often do if iam stuck with a difficult thing and not sure where to look ,not often mind but with these fancy modern cars and electronics involved making them inpossible for me to repair it often worth finding the right man and slipping them a few bob .
  • Edward Hightower
    Edward Hightower - 1988 Mercedes Benz 560SEL - Steering & Suspension - 3/22/2012
    I get a thumping in the rearend when I'm driving, sounds like shocks or springs please advise.
    • EG9 K20A3
      3/22/2012 EG9 K20A3
      The only way to find out is check for play for other suspension components such as bushings, but if asked to choose if its the springs or the shocks, its the shocks, springs rarely sag nor break and its only job is to control the movement of the shocks (bound and rebound).
  • wjeffcoat
    • wjeffcoat
      3/20/2012 wjeffcoat
      The garage was wrong. The leak was on the side of the transmission and was spraying upward on the gear box and the power syeering. Had some transmission work done and the mechanic found the leak. The Mercedes Dealer missed it completely.
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/17/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Well this is determined by the person who will do the repair by a visual look. One will have clearly a larger amount of oil leakage more near it. There are always details about the direction it is leaking that help identify which of two related components is causing the leak. In some cases where it is absolutely impossible to know the origin of an oil leak we put in an ounce of oil dye and then look with a UV light and the new leakage shows up bright green / yellow.
  • Luis azevedo
    Luis azevedo - 2000 Mercedes Benz E430 - Steering & Suspension - 3/19/2012
    The rear left side seems to be a little wobbling was told that the bar may be bent replaced the bearings
    0 answer
  • al
    al - 1984 Mercedes Benz 300SD - Steering & Suspension - 3/12/2012
    How to remove ingnition Lock Cylinder 1984 Mercedes Benz 300SD
    Cna someone help me and tell me how to remove ingnition Lock Cylinder from 1984 Mercedes Benz 300SD? thanks, Al
    • zukijoe
      3/12/2012 zukijoe
      Turn the key to position 1 and remove the key.
      Pry the cover sleeve from the lock cylinder with a small screwdriver.
      Using a bent paper clip, hook onto the cover sleeve and remove the sleeve. Be sure that you do not remove the rosette in the dashboard also.
      Insert the paper clip between the rosette and the steering lock and push in the lock pin. Remove the lock cylinder slightly with the key.
      Insert the paper clip into the locking hole and pull the lock cylinder completely out.
      Installation is the reverse of removal. Turn the lock cylinder to position 1 and insert it into the steering lock, making sure that the lock pin engages. Push the cover sleeve into position 1.
      Make sure the cylinder operates properly.
  • jun
    • Spoon Sports
      3/7/2012 Spoon Sports
      2 Options

      1. Eibach
      2. Get the AMG SL500 Lowering Springs If someone wants a really progressive spring rate, BUY THESE springs They require custom fitting, but it is well worth it.

      As far as i know the 2003 up SLs have air rides