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Old 01-11-2001, 03:23 PM
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My Chilton guide doesn't go into the details---rear wheel bearing replacement: What parts do I need and what are the details? Looks like I have to unbolt the flange from the axle and remove. Then, draw out the bearing? Seems simple but, it IS a Benz and my personal logic doesn't necessarily hold. Is the inner or outer race pressed or slip-fit? Could we innocently expect it to be that easy? And, can all that stress be handled by that one bearing??? Thanks in advance. Steve
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Old 01-11-2001, 05:58 PM
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Not that easy!! 2 bearings pressed on flange & a crush sleeve between them that HAS to be done properly, or new bearings will fail! NOT a diyer. Bearings are to be set-up with dial indicator.
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Old 01-12-2001, 01:15 AM
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Well, I have a dial indicator--and a hydraulic press. What else??Steve
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Old 01-12-2001, 08:05 AM
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Believe the Doc, this is one you don't want to do. If you really want to do it, find a used control arm and replace the whole thing.

The biggest problem is that you will need a special socket to remove and install the huge inner nut. Also you will need a special holding fixture or reasonable fact simile. There also can be some real technique needed to get the crush washer to crush even with the special tools. I have pulled the threads out of at least 4 nuts over the years trying to compress the crush washer. I currently smack (that is a special hammer term to pecisely describe the force level) the crush washer on one side to start the deformation.
Steve Brotherton
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Gainesville FL
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33 years MB technician
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Old 01-12-2001, 11:48 AM
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No offense to Doc intended and I thank you both for the effort to enlighten. I'll look into replacing with a whole rear. That will get me away from all the other whines etc. Thanks again. Steve
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