Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help




Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes ShopForum > Technical Information and Support > Tech Help

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-14-2001, 09:00 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Central California
Posts: 32
Question Ball Joint - Easy to Replace?

I am in the process of refreshing an 86 300e. One ball joint has a ripped cover and I will replace both (A call is in to Phil). Is this a difficult job? I would like to have them replaced at the local Winston tire dealer as they have a new alignment machine (recommended by two independent mb shops). Can I trust a a tire shop to this work? Also, until I put on a set of 16 inch 8 hole wheels (30,000 miles left on a set of P4000's), I am obliged to drive with original wheels that are looking very poor. They are not pitted but the painted finish is terrible. It looks like a ring of silver around the lug nuts. Has anyone ever painted their wheels? Any success? - any recommended paint? Thanks for any replies. This is a great site and God Bless America.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-14-2001, 10:18 PM
jfujimoto
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Larry,

Let the alignment shop replace the ball joint. It takes a special tool to remove the ball joint. I think it's a difficult job for a DIY'er. JMHO.

Jeff
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-15-2001, 01:52 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: SoCal
Posts: 1,303
Since you ask - a Winston tire shop local to me is the most dishonest and unscrupulous vendor I have ever dealt with. When having some tires balanced I purchased there awhile earlier (I won't even go into that ripoff), they informed me I needed an air filter. I was furious they had even lifted the hood, and I had inspected the filter at a maintenance I had done a few thousand miles earlier - it was fine.

About 5000 miles later I again inspected the filter - and discovered it had a gaping hole punched clear through it. No natural occurance could have possibly done that! It was still pretty clean, too.

This blatant dishonesty may not be corporate policy, but I would at least check with the local BBB, and get some trustworthy CUSTOMER referrals. The dealers may have other incentives for their recommendation.

Steve
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New ball joint? slowmoe Tech Help 0 11-01-2002 06:51 PM
w124 300D front strut/shock? and ball joint replacement truth Tech Help 0 11-15-2001 10:59 AM
W126 Replace Ball Joints & Caster Joints DIY??? Chris Blanchard Tech Help 13 06-21-2001 09:02 PM
Lower Ball Joint darius Tech Help 3 07-13-2000 03:47 PM
190 Ball joint replacement RAE190 Tech Help 1 04-18-1999 11:44 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:28 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2011 Pelican Parts - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page