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Old 10-29-2001, 01:35 PM
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300td Wagon Rear Sagging

I am looking for suggestions on a sagging problem on my 82 300TD wagon with approximately 200,000 miles. I assume this is the original suspension equipment since I've owned the car for about 80,000 miles of its life. I am prepared to replace shocks and springs if needed and would like some pointers to evaluate if I need to consider replacing the hydraulic units as well. Open to experienced suggestions. Any recommendations on specific shocks would also be appreciated! Thanks.
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Old 10-29-2001, 05:51 PM
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Do a search on key words like wagon, shocks, level and read up on diagnostics. The problem could be with the pump, lines, shocks and/or level sensor. If it turns out you have bad shocks, you don't have much of s selection since the shocks are also the hydraulic actuators.

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Old 10-29-2001, 06:48 PM
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Check the oil level in the reservior -- if you are seriously low, the rear end can sag.

Otherwise, the usual reasons are a broken or disconnected level control valve (connects to the sway bar) or dead struts. The accumulators can go, too, but they give a seriously hard ride at normal height, not sag.

The level control pump can be bad, too.

There are several threads dealing with this subject.

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Old 10-30-2001, 07:44 AM
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Now that these cars have many years on them, the accumulators could have failed due to age, heat, etc.

But when these cars were newer, the only thing I ever saw wrong with them was the valve actuation arm would slip on the sway bar. You simply loosen it a little and move it on the sway bar to adjust height. You have to run the engine to check the height.

Good luck,
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Old 10-30-2001, 08:01 AM
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What about the spring pads? Wouldn't that be also one factor to take into account?
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