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Old 04-03-2003, 02:22 AM
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Just did my front and rear suspension.

The tools I would recommend.

I have the Harbor Freight tools below

Its ok and will work on all the tie rod joints except the center assembly. The tool is to tall and will not fit between the center rod and the engine. I would recommend that you buy a lever type unit for all the tie rod ball joints. The one at Performance products is designed for European sized tie rods.

You can get one from JCWhitney but make sure the opening will fit the tie rod ball joints on the Mercedes. I wish I could tell you what size opening that would be. Maybe some one who hase one can measure it for us and let us know.
The JCWhitney unit has a 11/16 opening.I know that the Hazet and other manufacture offer a bunch of different sizes.

If your going to replace everything you can use a pickle fork. It will destroy the boots on the tie rod. The lever type seperator will not damage the boots.

The JCWhitney tool package I'm sure will be fine.

If your going to replace the ball joints in the lower control arm you will need a ball joint press. You can rent it, Buy it ( its expensive) or pay a shop a few bucks to do it once you have the LCA out of the car.
You could also buy the Ball joint press tool, like this one
It will work for pressing n the LCA ball joints but it does require some modification to make it work.

Here's the biggy. If your going to remove the upper control arm or the lower control arm You really should buy a coil spring compressor designed for a Mercedes. Here are your choices.


You can rent the Sir Tool from Performance Products.

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