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Old 11-26-2001, 06:28 PM
Redflash Redflash is offline
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Location: Alexandria, VA
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Lightbulb Accumulators

I have had two experiences with the auto-leveling system; one in an '80 300TD wagon, and one in my '93 500SEL. The wagon rode hard and the 140 seemed to "sag" at first, then went "bouncy" similar to Hamish's situation. In both cases the accumulators were replaced and the problem was solved. I have been told by techs that the struts very rarely go bad, and there are not many other components in the system as I recall.

I would change the accumulators, but I wonder why the three techs didn't tell you the same thing if they told you the struts were OK? Did the change in ride occur before of after you had the fluid changed? Just curious. BTW, I did the job on the wagon and it was not hard to do. Probably should get the procedure from here or a shop manual to be sure of the steps if you decide to do this yourself IMHO.

1997 S600 Coupe
2002 Lexus SC430
2004 Lexus RX330 (wife's car)
1993 500 SEL
1994 E320 (wife's car)
1987 300 SDL
1978 450 SEL
1980 300 TD (wife's car)
1969 280 SL
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