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Old 07-30-2008, 01:56 PM
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banging over bumps in left rear of 98 C230

The car has 110k miles. When the car is driven over a bump there is a bang in the left rear of the car. I sat in the back seat on the left side and it comes from behind me not under my but. I backed it up on ramps and pulled on the exhaust and the suspension and subframe but nothing appeared loose. While it was on the ramps i put a jack under the left side and raised it a bit to see if there was any play in the subframe mounts when I jacked it up but there wasn't any. The rubber on the mounts look intact. Rear shocks are bilsteins with 50K miles on them. The shock mounts in the trunk are tight. Seems more noticeable in the winter than summer. Bounce test on the rear settles down right away. Removed the spare and sound persists. battery is bolted down (right side). The coil spring looks OK also. Anyone run across this before or have any thoughts?

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Old 07-30-2008, 02:02 PM
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On the W123 chassis that was always the rear sway bar link......
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Old 07-30-2008, 02:17 PM
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The jack and the tool kit are also on that side. Are they both accounted for? You can pull out the carpeting piece (it is not attached) to have a better look. The left side of the carpet piece folds up then you just pull it out.
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Old 07-30-2008, 02:26 PM
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I believe in the past i pulled out the jack and the tool kit but I will try again to make sure.

TMallison,

should there be noticeable play in the swaybar link?
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:18 PM
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Is moulded rubber around the bolt and sleeve. Should have very little play and no rips or tears.

http://catalog.peachparts.com/RenderScriptTemplate.epc?_cmd=epccat_VehicleAAA&cookieID=2DD0WC4V62FG0WQ1SO&yearid=1998%40%401998&makeid=MB%40%40MB%40%40X&modelid=C%2D230%2D001%40%40C+230&catid=L%40%40Suspension&mode=PA&subcatid=L1030@@Sway+Bar+Link&source=www.peachparts.com&clientid=catalog.mercedesshop
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Old 07-30-2008, 04:16 PM
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When i was under there I yanked on the links and didn't notice any play in the links. I'll double check.
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