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Old 05-07-2009, 04:03 PM
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w126 suspension

OK now I'm really lost. I have an '83 500 SEL Euro with the pneumatic suspension. cable seems to be a little stretched but with the lever pulled all the way out, the suspension goes all the way up and rides like a buck board,i.e.(hitting my head off of the headliner while going over bumps) my wife thinks it's comical when she is following me down the highway . When I push the lever all the way in, she drops to about 3" from the road. Sorry,can't run down the road with the cat. dragging . Is thier anykind of adjustment or am I screwed unless I spent the $$$ to switch over?? This vehicle will be for $ale as soon as the new rubber is installed and the inspection is complete,which should be in about a week. I would prefer to have this fixed before I put her up for sale. Can anyone help????

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Old 05-08-2009, 08:17 PM
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Sounds like the accumulators are going bad due to all the bouncing.

I've only seen a very few cars with front and rear SLS, both were in junkyards. I THINK they have five accumulators. Probably cost you far more to fix than you're wanting to spend and the car is worth if you have to take it somewhere.
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:45 PM
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Thanx Hit Man!
Upon further inestigation, when the lever is all the way down the suspension is at a semi normal level but still has some bounce almost feels like their is no relief when the suspension moves. Is their a valve that allows air flow thru the suspension similar to the dampening of a normal strut? or is that the accumulators that you're talking about. Is their anyway to test an accumulator?? I remember the accumulator from the audi 100 that I had, but that was for the brakes.
I just mounted 4 new tires which gave a little help, but not much and the inserts that I installed in the front seats also helped a little. Love the car expecially the power from the V-8, but she's on craigslist for sale for $2500 or best offer. Hate to see her go but I have other projects that are taking precedence.

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Old 05-12-2009, 01:04 AM
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The suspension is hydraulically driven.
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:24 PM
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Is this the SLS suspension we're talking about?
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:32 PM
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Is this the SLS suspension we're talking about?


Yes. Some ECE cars had front and rear. It's a real... well... birdsnest to deal with.
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:35 PM
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At least I do have a shop manual to help. It reminds me of looking at a wiring schematic ;-0...... Is their anyway to recondition or clean out the accumulators? Could I have a problem with the self leveling valve that isn't allowing any dampening when you hit bumps??? It looks like a low rider that is stuck in the high position!!! HELP!! PLEASE, I'm hoping that their is a simple cost effective solution.
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Old 05-13-2009, 05:06 PM
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I've never even seen what this set up looks like...could you possibly take some pictures of it the next time its up on a lift?
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Old 05-13-2009, 05:31 PM
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I've never even seen what this set up looks like...could you possibly take some pictures of it the next time its up on a lift?
I second that! I'd love to see how that system looks/works.

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