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  • Edward Hightower
    Edward Hightower - 1988 Mercedes Benz 560SEL - Steering & Suspension - 3/2/2012
    Hard thump in rearend when I hit the slightest bump.
    It appears to be in the rearend and I thinking maybe I should cinsider changing the shocks. Or should I consider somethingelse?
  • Marlene Burchette
    Marlene Burchette - 2004 Mercedes Benz E320 - Steering & Suspension - 2/26/2012
    I am in need of a upper and lower control arm what would the price be on these items.
    • Jimm
      2/26/2012 Jimm
      You did not specify whether you needed the front or rear suspension control arms. Try the many on-line auto parts sources; such as, or www.autopartswarehouse. com.
      For example, they (Rock Auto) list the lower control arms (front) for around $43.00 each, and the upper front control arms for around $80.00 each.
      Then, you need to have these installed plus a front wheel or four-wheel alignment. Try the 'Estimate Cost' feature on this website for the repair estimates, and try the 'Find-A-Shop' to locate a repair shop in your area.
  • seneca
    seneca - 2006 Mercedes Benz CLS500 - Steering & Suspension - 2/23/2012
    the cost of repair for a crack torque strut bushing?
    • Spoon Sports
      2/23/2012 Spoon Sports
      Don't know if you can order the bushings seperate for the torque arm, but a whole new torque arm (and I'm assuming the bushings are pressed in) are $52 each list price. What's odd to me is why just those bushings, why not the tie rod and control arm bushings? They are all the same age

      Use the find a shop feature for exact quotes or use the negotiator tab
  • lt
    lt - 2000 Mercedes Benz ML430 - Steering & Suspension - 2/21/2012
    With winter season here my car has to warm up for 20mins or it cuts off and if i try to shift gears - makes grinding noi
    shifting gears from cold start position steering wheel makes grinding noise
    0 answer
  • NFC
    NFC - 2005 Mercedes Benz E500 - Steering & Suspension - 2/18/2012
    Rick cost of replacement
    Cost of replacement
    • rick
      2/18/2012 rick
      Sorry don't know cost . But now you say pump not working too ? Something tells that pump what to do . Also it has to have power . Did you check the fuzes ?
      2/18/2012 NFC
      Hi Rick
      Was told shocks went bad and pump had to work to hard.
      Could all this go bad at the same time?
      They said the computer read told them.They never did a physical check. Can you tell me what the name of what the pump does?
      Does it pump up the shocks?
  • NFC
    NFC - 2005 Mercedes Benz E500 - Steering & Suspension - 2/18/2012
    Rear shocks
    Rear shocks air not holding
    • rick
      2/18/2012 rick
      Got a leak . Might just be time for new ones . Your car is 7-8 years old . Things don't last for ever . That is just up keep .
  • NFC
    NFC - 2005 Mercedes Benz E500 - Steering & Suspension - 2/18/2012
    4matic rear shocks and air pump not working
    Cost of repair
    0 answer
  • clark
    clark - 1980 Mercedes Benz 450SL - Steering & Suspension - 2/14/2012
    Do you have any info on pre 1980 autos?
    Info. On 1978 MB 450sl
    • Bill
      2/14/2012 Bill
      Check your public library, they may have just what you want.
  • everett carolina
    everett carolina - 2000 Mercedes Benz S430 - Steering & Suspension - 2/8/2012
  • suresh
    suresh - 2007 Mercedes Benz R350 - Steering & Suspension - 1/28/2012
    The passenger side appears to lower than the drivers side suddenly. Appears to be sloped
    passenger side appears to lower than the drivers side suddenly. Appears to be sloped
    0 answer
  • mario
    mario - 2004 Mercedes Benz E320 - Steering & Suspension - 1/17/2012
    Noise from rear everytime i hit a bump.
    Its live a squeak or creak
    • Spoon Sports
      11/24/2011 Spoon Sports
      Now thats something i dont hear hear everyday, suspension noise from the manufacturer whose reputation in suspension and handling is top notch.

      If thats the case, a squeak or a creak can be attributed to several parts of the suspension system, this needs to be checked personaly by a mechanic, sorry nothing i can do online to pinpoint the problem since suspension pieces needs to be "shaken" or simulated to find out what the root cause is.

      Spoon Sports
      11/30/2011 mario
      Sounds like a ring jingle on metal.
    • Spoon Sports
      1/17/2012 Spoon Sports
      Probably just a loose component, have them checked for loose parts.
  • devalle
    devalle - 2004 Mercedes Benz CLK320 - Steering & Suspension - 1/15/2012
    3 bolts on rear wheel won't tighten up after i put tire back on
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/15/2012 HouseCallAuto
      provide more detail please. This detail provided is vague.
  • dymond
    dymond - 2006 Mercedes Benz CLS500 - Steering & Suspension - 1/7/2012
    2006 Mercedes cls500 right side fender is resting on the tire. The air seems to leak out of the air suspension or strut
    Check in light comes on indicating to stop the vehicle and find a shop.
    • Spoon Sports
      1/7/2012 Spoon Sports
      I believe you have your problem sorted out for you. Besides the Check Engine Light popped up, so i dont think guessing your way out if this problem is the way to go.

      Bring it to a shop and get it scanned. Usually for my customers that has a regular car, i usually tell them to go to a shop get a second opinion, then i will try to help the DIY it.

      The problem is, you need a benz specialist to fix your suspension. Removing the Air bag and other electrical components is not for the regular DIYer.

      I also assume that since you can afford a CLS class benz means you can also pay for the repair. In my case, even though i can afford a 1995 BMW or 1998 C220 since i see some cheap ones out there, i still dont buy it because i cant maintain it.
  • Russ68
    Russ68 - 2000 Mercedes Benz ML320 - Steering & Suspension - 1/3/2012
    I have a 2000 ml320 and it has a power steering fluid leak. The hose looks ok and I replaced the clamp from the pump.
    I still can't find the leak. Any suggestions?
    • Jimm
      1/3/2012 Jimm
      Try and clean the residual steering fluid and dirt from all the components first. Then add a small amount of dye to the steering fluid - this will help to pinpoint a leak. The sources of the leak are varied; power steering pump front shaft seal, steering rack seal, pressure or return hose or connection point (fitting).
  • pearlis
    pearlis - 1984 Mercedes Benz 300D - Steering & Suspension - 12/19/2011
    How do you tighten steering responsiveness/play?
    How do you tighten play in steering responsiveness?
    • Jimm
      12/19/2011 Jimm
      There is an adjustment at the steering gearbox which allows for some slack to be removed at the steering gears. You must not overtighten as this can damage the steering gears causing greater repair cost.
      On the top of the steering gearbox is a locking hex nut - with a threaded slot protruding through the center - as a stem. Loosen the hex nut on the out side (counterclockwise), while holding the center stem stationary with a screwdriver. Next, turn the center slotted stem counterclockwise slightly - say 1/8 turn or less, then tighten the hex nut while keeping the center slotted rod still (no turning).
      The adjustment is made with the wheels in the straight ahead position. The adjusting screw is turned counterclockwise to remove loose play. Don't tighten the screw till it binds, just enough to remove most of the free play. The gears inside are "cam ground". This allows them to be adjusted without binding when the steering wheel is turned to the extreme in both directions. The "cam grinding" will give you more free play the further you get away from straight ahead. This is because most of the time the steering wheel is in the straight ahead or slightly to either side of center. All steering gear boxes are designed this way. The major difference in a Mercedes is the counterclockwise adjusting screw.
      12/29/2011 Stevie
      Jimm is correct; in my old 240 D parts breakdown diagram; gears are made to look like it would be adjusted clockwise to remove play: NOT TRUE; PICTURE IS A MISTAKE IN PRINTING; again; go Counter clockwise to REMOVE play, as JIMM says; also if you adjust too much, steering will be HARD to return; Steve

      Anyway to remove the extra play that can,t be removed from adj. screw?; maybe tighten large preload nut (input shaft end of st. box ) just a wee bit???