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Old 12-09-2006, 11:37 AM
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Pictorial on tie rod assembly R&R

I just finished up the pictorial on how to R&R the tie rod assembly.

BOY did it make a nice difference! Tight steering!

http://dieselgiant.com/mercedes%20tie%20rod%20rr1.htm
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Old 12-09-2006, 11:52 AM
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Now that is a pictorial I have been waiting for. Do you have to pound the pickle fork with the mini sledge?

Project 240D has a very clean and un-drippy tranny pan btw.........
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Old 12-09-2006, 12:12 PM
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Thats one of things on my to do list. Thanks for the write-up.
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Old 12-09-2006, 12:57 PM
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I found a neat little tool at the Napa parts shop in my area that let me take ball joints and tie rod ends apart without ruining the boot with a pickle fork, and with a lot less beating than the fork required as well.

I'm sure there are other sources, but on the napa site, it's part # SER3916

http://napaonline.com//MasterPages/NOLMaster.aspx?PageId=470&LineCode=SER&PartNumber=3916&Description=Ball+Joint+Separator
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Old 12-09-2006, 05:37 PM
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nice ramps DG


now i want to to my tie rods... ill get them done after my UCA's and LBJ's
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Old 12-09-2006, 05:40 PM
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I did the outer tie rod end on the 79 240D, and it was a breeze. If you aren't concerned with destroying the old boot the pickle fork takes about 4 decent whacks with a ball peen hammer (12 oz is what I had handy) and it came right off. Counted the number of turns coming off and installed the new one with same number of turns. When I get around to driving it more, I will have it aligned. Its pretty close right now.
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Old 12-09-2006, 06:17 PM
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nice ramps DG


now i want to to my tie rods... ill get them done after my UCA's and LBJ's
Ditto After Christmas break my front end should feel a lot better. Anyone know what the book time of doing lower control arm bushings is? That looks like a miserable job I'd rather have someone else do

Was your center rod replaced as well or was it fine?

Great guide Giant, keep em comin.
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Old 12-09-2006, 06:41 PM
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noticed DG has a DIY on UCA's.. but it isnt in viewing form yet.. hope its done before i get my new UCA's and ball joints
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I have the UCA pictorial almost done and edited I will try to post it in the next few days.
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Old 12-09-2006, 08:53 PM
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I have the UCA pictorial almost done and edited I will try to post it in the next few days.
awesome.. i look forward to it.... hopefully the lower ball joints is a snap (ha ha)
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Old 12-09-2006, 10:43 PM
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as a young man, I worked in a front end shop in the early 80's and my boss would strangle me to death if I brought a pickle fork into the shop.
he always loosened the tie rod nut a good 1/4" down, then whacked the side of the tie receiver. the rods almost always popped out on the first whack.
I've been doing it that way my whole life. tie rods, ball joints. everything.
of course, I have never done it on a MB...
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Old 12-11-2006, 09:44 AM
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next step is a pictorial on the ball joint replacement. That one is the real *****!
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Old 12-12-2006, 05:33 AM
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I just got done doing upper and lower left front ball joints, and they aren't so bad, as long as you have access to the MB ball joint tool to press the bottom one back in!

That being said, I fought with it for half of a week before finding a local indy that still worked on older MB's, and had the tool. Having finally found them, they were nice enough to press the joint into the spindle for free.
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Two questions...

1) Does this apply to the 300D as well?

2) Can anyone recommend a good basic tutorial for the steering and suspension elements? It's a huge gap in my automotive knowledge. I need the basics, with lots of pretty pictures... "This is a tie rod. This is an upper control arm..." Ideally it would include pictures of good and damaged items for comparison.

Thanks DeiselGiant for putting this tie rod tutorial together!
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Old 12-12-2006, 12:53 PM
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1) Does this apply to the 300D as well?

2) Can anyone recommend a good basic tutorial for the steering and suspension elements? It's a huge gap in my automotive knowledge. I need the basics, with lots of pretty pictures... "This is a tie rod. This is an upper control arm..." Ideally it would include pictures of good and damaged items for comparison.

Thanks DeiselGiant for putting this tie rod tutorial together!
I'm on the same boat as this guy....



There has to be a site somewhere that list the diffrent types of suspension and how they work.
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