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Old 12-07-2000, 06:30 PM
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Someone more knowledgeable may correct me if I'm wrong, but as you may have seen from the "Floating 300E" thread you may be referring to (I can't remember if the following comment is anywhere in that thread), Mercedes apparently replaced the thrust arms for the 300E with S-class thrust arms and also replaced the bolts used to install them. I believe that this all comes as a kit. Believe me, you'll know when you need the repair and you won't like the feeling when it comes. The rear end geometry changes too easily from road imperfections and engine torque, which is what causes the rear end to move around on you. I have read in this forum and elsewhere that the old version of thrust arm generally loses its rigidity at about 100K miles. Once replaced, I don't think you'd ever have to worry about that particular link again since the beefier link doesn't fail as the originally spec'ed part does, so it isn't a "periodic" maintenance item. While you're snooping around your rear suspension, have someone take a look at the rear subframe mounts as well.

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