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Old 09-06-2001, 11:09 PM
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123 Driveshaft Balancing

I have question regarding driveline vibrations I have been experiencing on my 1984 300D. They seem to be there most prevalent at 60-70mph range. I have to admit I made a big mistake. When I was changing the clutch by myself 6 months ago, my three piece drive shaft came apart. You can guess already that I didn't mark it. Being that it has 273k miles, I would like to get it R&R&rebalanced. The problem is I can't find a shop to rebalance Mercedes driveshafts. The two rubber flex discs look great but the rubber "vibration silencer" behind the flex disc on the tranny mount is shot. I would also like to replace the pilot bearing in the middle.

1) Does anyone know of a shop capable of doing this in Ohio?

2) Can anyone recommend a shop I can mail my driveshaft to for this work?

3) Is it cheaper to just buy a new one and return the old core?

4) The only thing I can find on a net search is Driveline Service of Portland in Portland, Oregon. Any experience with these folks?

Of course after I get the driveshaft rebalanced I am going to replace the steering dampener, all 4 shocks, the left half axle shaft (did the right 3 weeks ago). That should make it drive like new (and put me in the poor house at the same time).

Mea culpa,
'06 E320 CDI 51K miles
'02 VW Jetta GLS TDi 120k miles
'99 Ford E350 7.3L Powerstroke 200k miles -sold
'84 Euro 300D 5 spd manual 317k miles - sold
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