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Old 02-07-2007, 08:54 AM
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Parts to replace in the rear axle ?

I am in the process of investing some money in improving my great C280 1997 just bought (48K miles)
I already have identified what to replace in the front axle.
A couple of items need to be replaced there.
I'd like to have hints related to the rear axle.
Making more clear what I am looking for as there is nothing broken there: I decided to change the shocks and would like to know wich parts normally show wearing after this mileage AND are relatively cheap to replace given that the mechanic will be working in the area.
In other words: for almost the same labour and a couple of hundreds dollars I may end up with something better overall.
The area has never been serviced before.
Thanks for your advice, Jorge

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Old 02-07-2007, 10:43 AM
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At 48,000 miles, in my experience, there is little reason to replace anything that is not broken or worn. I have had 2 300E's one sold at 175K, the other is at 245K. Neither of these cars has required any replacement of links in the rear suspension. Mechanic diagnosed as good.

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Old 02-07-2007, 11:04 AM
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The reason I mentioned the thrust links is B/C the original were notorious for early wear due to under-sized rubber bushes. Mercedes remedied this known fault by increasing the bushes to a beefier size. This is reflected in the New/Modified part #.

Check around with any Benz Indy . They change the Originals by the truckload.
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Old 02-07-2007, 07:10 PM
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I'll do as suggested: will have the rear checked and if nothing appears will simply let as it is.
I was really concerned if there were parts that are tipycally worn out at this mileage. (every brand/model has some "classics")
Many thanks ! Jorge
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Old 02-08-2007, 07:34 AM
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Don't replace parts based on mileage!!!! Raise the car safely with the wheels in the air and apply the 4 P's; Push, Pull, Pry and Prod on everything to see what's loose. If a joint is loose somewhere, replace that part. On the rear links also look for rubber that is torn and pooching out of the joints. If you see this anywhere, replace that link.

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