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Old 09-24-2003, 09:10 PM
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This happened to me also.
I called and talked to a Mercedes Tech. He asked how old the lower rubber bushing ( item # 95 )was. I told him it was original. At this time I think 17 years old.
He told me that the lower rubber seal had hardened and that I had to dig it out with a small screwdriver ( actually It broke apart in pieces) to get it to allow the lower tube to rotate towards the horizontal some more, to allow the 2 tubes to release. I needed that 1/16 inch more movement, as you do. Digging out the lower rubber bushing will allow this movement. I did this and they came out. REMEMBER I had the oil pan off. So any rubber debris that fell, did not go in the oil pan.
Once the tubes are out the new rubber is quite soft and you can install the lower Orings and rubber "gasket". Because they are softer the tube will rotate towards the horizotal sufficently to allow the tubes to mate.

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