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Old 02-09-2006, 05:59 AM
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HELP! ads hydraulic fluid shooting out of reservoir

My ball joint was popping so I put in new control arms on my 97 SL600. I set the wheel change light for the ADS and control arm install went well. Took it for a test drive, good news was the ball joint issues were solved and car rode well...at first. Seemed to be riding harsh after I got back from a short test drive, when I stopped at my house I noticed a lot of hydraulic fluid leaking and my front suspension was slammed. Popped the hood and looks like fluid was shooting out of the reservoir all over the right side (passenger) of the engine. What did I screw up? I thought I followed the manual instructions to a T. If anyone has an idea I would love to hear it. Thanks!

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Old 02-16-2006, 03:28 PM
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It dawned on me that it was far too coincidental to remove sway bar, have level sensor attached to swaybar, and have front end in the dirt. I removed the level controller and looked at the electronics. Nice redundant system, couldn't have messed it up. then I realized that the arm connecting level sensor to the sway could have gone on 180 degrees out. Kind of like a human arm with an elbow that bends both ways. When I loosened the sway and pulled it out a bit to get the control arm out, that straightened the linkage. When I pushed it back in to reinstall the arm bent up instead of down. Didn't notice. I put the sensor back in with the correct attachment to the swaybar, started the car, and started cabbage-patching when the front end started to rise like an 64 impala in a dr. dre video. figured while I was in there I would lower the front end, so I took a couple clicks out of the linkage. started the car and it lowered. cheapest lowering job evar. now I can go back to calling my car 'sex on wheels' not 'the worlds most expensive paper weight.'

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