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Old 07-21-2001, 12:50 PM
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I bought a used 98' ml320 for my wife. It looks and runs great and I'm happy with the price I paid. I've noticed though that when going over any bump I hear the suspension creak. I got underneath it and if I rock the truck, it sounds like it is coming from the control arms. I did a search on the tech forum and found many messages about replacing control arm bushings. This truck has 44000 miles, would they go bad that fast? (improperly lubricated) I believe the truck is still under warranty. Should these be covered? I wouldn't consider a bushing a 3year consumable item, ya think MB would?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 07-21-2001, 01:30 PM
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A friend of mine with a 98 ML had a similar problem. In short, the problem would be covered by the OEM or a Starmark warranty. As to why it happened, it was one of many, um, "issues" with the early production MLs....

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Old 07-21-2001, 11:52 PM
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If it's from the front it's more than likely a ball joint.
If it's the rear it's probably a shock.
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