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  • 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???
  • bill
    bill - 2000 Mercedes Benz S430 - Steering & Suspension - 12/18/2011
    does the air strut repair kit fix the strut, when it has separated at bottom?
    0 answer
  • timothylthompson
    timothylthompson - 2003 Mercedes Benz E320 - Steering & Suspension - 12/15/2011
    How do I know if ball joints need to be replaced and is a wheel alignment required?
    0 answer
  • Terry
    Terry - 2002 Mercedes Benz C230 - Steering & Suspension - 12/15/2011
    My steering wheel is shaking when I make sudden turns and also I here a thump. Is it okay if I drive the car like this?
    I will be having it serviced in a few days but I'm a little scared that the car might break down while I'm driving it.
    • TechSam
      12/15/2011 TechSam
      How could any one tell you that its ok, maybe there is some thing serious or loose. Precaution is better then cure.
  • Bernie
    Bernie - 2007 Mercedes Benz R350 - Steering & Suspension - 12/8/2011
    How to add power steering fluid
    • Jimm
      12/8/2011 Jimm
      In your vehicle, after you open the hood. Locate the power steering reservoir on the right side of the engine toward the bottom. You need to remove the cap and put fluid in the reservoir. Use a funnel to access the fluid reservoir as required.
  • Joe
    Joe - 1995 Mercedes Benz C220 - Steering & Suspension - 12/7/2011
    Can different rims be used instead of originals?
    • Spoon Sports
      12/7/2011 Spoon Sports
      Yes of course, you just have to take into consideration the OFFSET of the rims to make sure it wont be hitting the inner fender.

      The BASIC rule with rims are.

      Follow the 3 inch rule, meaning, the ideal maximum size is 3 inches bigger than stock, so if your benz came with 15s, recommended maximum is 18, but you can go up to 19 but thats pushing it.

      Lug pattern and offset, you have 5 lugs with a 112 offset, make sure you get rims with an offset of 112

      Also, this is just me but ill say it anyway, get 18s with 35 aspect ratio, it will be sweet!!!

  • jeff cruce
    jeff cruce - 1983 Mercedes Benz 240D - Steering & Suspension - 12/6/2011
    What should it cost to replace my rear drive shafts on a 1983 240 D with manual trans?
    Thump coming from rear end
    • yboy82
      12/6/2011 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.
      12/8/2011 jeff cruce
      Will do, thanks for the tip