Have you done the coil spring compression job? I have done it on both the 82 300TD and the 65 Mustang. The Harbor Freight compressor was adequate for the Muatang. But wholefully inadequate for the Mercedes. The amount of force in mercedes Spring is tremendous. I would not want a cheap coil spring on the size coil spring in the Mercedes.
Heres the other concern. You cannot use the HF tools the way they were designed to be use. Anytime your "rigging" something the chances of injury is tremendous.
A couple of stories.
A dealer had the compressor release while at full compression, It did quite a bit of damage. They were exptremely lucky no one was jurt. If it hit anyone it would have killed them.
A dealer had a mechanic use an impact wrench on their unit and stripped the treads at the fully compressed position. They weren't shure what to do with it. The fire department recommended they bury it encased in cement. Thats what they did.
These coils are time bombs if not treated with respect.
I have a lot of the Harbor Freight tools in my shop. I WOULD NOT use any HF coil spring compressor on a Mercedes. They have some great tools at great prices but quality and consistency in manufacturing, I wouldn't bet my life on their stuff. Not with a Mercedes coil spring.
Do yourself a favor when it comes to coil springs, Be safe, Its your life.
1970 220D, owned 1980-1990
1980 240D, owned 1990-1992
1982 300TD, owned 1992-1993
1986 300SDL, owned 1993-2004
1999 E300, owned 1999-2003
1982 300TD, 213,880mi, owned since Nov 18, 1991- Aug 4, 2010 SOLD
1988 560SL, 100,000mi, owned since 1995
1965 Mustang Fastback Mileage Unknown(My sons)
1983 240D, 176,000mi (My daughers) owned since 2004
2007 Honda Accord EX-L I4 auto, the new daily driver
1985 300D 264,000mi Son's new daily driver.(sold)
2008 Hyundai Tiberon. Daughters new car
Last edited by dmorrison; 09-05-2003 at 01:20 PM.