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Old 05-10-2009, 01:35 PM
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I had this same problem (in the middle of Nevada and at night, no less) with new CVJ axles on both sides of my '85 300D-T (W123, OM617). Scared heck out of me. I limped into a town, got a motel, called CVJ in the morning. Guy said, in effect, don't worry about it, it'll probably go away. Couple hundred miles later, it did! Apparently, one of the little balls had popped loose and just had to pop back into its socket.

I did have CVJ send me a replacement, just in case, but I didn't install it as the problem never came back. I eventually returned the replacement and got a refund.

So I would advise driving the car for 1,000 miles or so and see if the problem doesn't just go away. Make sure you check everything in the above posts to be sure your mechanic didn't forget something like the spring washer under the nut on the outside of the axle (in the wheel hub).

Jeremy
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