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Old 04-15-2002, 08:16 PM
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what on earth is causing this obnoxious squeak???

my car has developed a squeak in the front end(yes, another one, in addition to the ten others). This time, it seems completely steering independent, as it only squeaks(quite loud i might add) when i push down on the right front. I can feel the squeak through the body metal. My shocks work fine, but do shocks start to squeak when they start to go? if it is the shock, what kind do i need(should i put on a benz, i'm not doing things half assed anymore, it kicks you later). I guess i should add whatever this is to my subframe mounts, drag link, ball joints, rack dampner screw, rear tranny mount, rear diff mount, and something else that i forgot that my car needs. Hopefully, i'll get most of those things for my birthday, i'll start as soon as i'm off school and just have the car on jacks for a week or two. I'd do it all at once so that when i took it off and drove it for the first time after it all it'd feel like a completely differant car! thanks for your help,
Ryan

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Old 04-15-2002, 08:28 PM
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On my 83 300D turbo I have the same squeak from the right front. I have decided that it is the ball joint that needs to be replaced (I lubed the open ball joint and my noise went away)

I do not hear a squeak when the cars weight is off the ball joint, only when it is fully loaded.

Sounds like you are on the correct trail with what you plan to replace while the car is on jacks.

Good luck,

Wayne
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Old 04-15-2002, 09:00 PM
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i can make my own musical symphony!!!

I seriously can make my own musical symphony in my car, i was doing it in line at taco-bell, albeit, it sounds like crap. I'm starting to wonder about this car. I absolutey HATE squeaks/rattles etc, they bug the living crap out of me. This car emits more noises than a dying cow. I sincerely hope to get rid of all of them when i redo alot of the front end(basically whatever i can do myself) and the rear mounts. If that doesn't solve them i give up, i'll live with them, i will live in pain with them. Here is my plan of attack, if anyone sees anything wrong with this let me know. This weekend, i'll attack my front end with a can of lube, spraying one part at a time untill i find my noise makers. ONce that is done, i will know exactly what i need. I will then get the parts i need, and replace them over the course of a week, once summer starts(car out of commision). I will have to rent the ball joint press tool, and rig something to pop out the drag link. After that i will replace the shocks if necessary(what brand). Next i'll move to the rear of the car, replace rear subframe mounts(how hard??), change the diff oil(how hard??) and replace rear tranny mounts and rear diff mounts. Then, i'll put the car on the ground and drive the piss out of it for about a 1/2 hour, and make sure no new noises have appeared. I will also be putting high performance brake pads up front to replace the cheapo ones, and re-installing the sensors(what brand pads are recomended). Does this look like a good POA?? thanks
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Old 04-15-2002, 09:08 PM
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i am a happy man

i'm quite happy, thanks MBwayne my noise is coming from the ball joint, apparantly all the way around. Whew! that's a releif. And the lower joint at that!!! i'm quite happy now...i knew that needed to be replaced anyway! thanks
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Old 04-15-2002, 09:13 PM
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Ryan, I am glad you found your aqueak. Glad I could help, this is why we all enjoy this forum, the help it provides us from each other.

Please let me know when you do your ball joint replacement. I need to replace both but have not had the time. If I get to it before you I will let you know and post pictures.

Later,

Wayne
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Old 04-15-2002, 10:08 PM
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Ryan:

The only thing I've done that I can help you with is the rear subframe mounts. They come out fairly easily.

Just take the large bolt out, take of the bracket that extends to the rear floorpan, and pry the old bushing out. Usually not a problem, as they are protected from oil and dirt and usually shrink with age.

Lubricate the new bushing with silicone spray (tire shine, armorall, etc) or dishwashing detergent -- not grease or oil! and then push it in as far as you can with a floor jack or prybar. The bolt will pull the bushing the rest of the way in once it starts.

Replace the brackets and washers, etc, tighten the bolt, and you are done.

I've replaced the diff mount in my 220D, but I'm not sure what the setup is in a W126. I assume it is similar, so here goes -- put the car on jackstands, hold the diff up with a jack (it weighs a ton!), remove the mounts, replace them -- take care that the bolt holes are clean, I sheared a bolt on mine. Should be pretty ovbious. The bushings on top are more difficult (I need to replace them on my 300D) -- you have to drop the diff to get to them. Use a jack, don't try to hold it up by arm strength.

For shocks I recommend Bilsteins -- I used aftermarkets on the 220D and it rides like a truck. Don't use cheapies, you will hate the car. When you replace them, only tighten the top nuts to give one thread clear of the top nut -- there are two. If you run them down till they are tight, the car rides too hard.

Use MB pads only -- they will give you the best stopping performance and longest rotor life (not all that long anyway). Aftermarkets last longer, but usually squeal to wake the dead and eat rotors.

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Old 04-16-2002, 01:38 PM
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My Daughter and I just tackled our sqeaky 300D. We went through two cans of silicon spray but its been squeak free for a month (driven 50mi/day).
She went under the car with the can while I bounced the car. Told her to spray everything that squeaked.
Might try this before you start replacing stuff.
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Old 04-25-2002, 03:34 PM
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Have you looked at the upper control arm bushings ? I had a creaking sound when going over speed bumps and it made the same sound when pushing down on the front fenders. Changed the Upper control arm bushings and the sound is gone.

Hope I was of some help.

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