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Old 12-26-2001, 10:38 PM
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All wagon owners please help

How much 'bounce' does your car have if you push down on the tailgate. I get about 2" before it feels like I hit a bumper which I know isn't happening.

I'm wondering if my auto-level is set too light and is engaging too early.


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Old 12-26-2001, 10:47 PM
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I push down and don't hit anything. Dunno what to tell you except check your rear shocks/struts for fluid leaks.

Good luck!

BTW, I have a 1998 E320 4matic wagon.
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Old 12-26-2001, 11:30 PM
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What series wagon do you have. Are you saying that you can only push the car down 2 inches, then it feels like it's hitting something? Also is the car running. I own a '83 TD and am not aware of a firmness setting that you can adjust. If the back end is bouncy then the problem is the accumulators.
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Old 12-27-2001, 01:01 AM
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It's 1998 E320 with new accumulators. The car IS NOT a soft ride. I'm talking about the old-fashioned bounce test one would do to test a shock absorber. Only I open the hatch and sit on the tail gate and bounce it up and down.
As long as I don't get the back end 'rocking" up and down too much the car bounces smoothly. But when I push down too hard the shocks seem to get firm all of a sudden at that spot about 2" below level. AS SOON as I reduce the amplitude of the bounce it's OK. BTW, this is with the car running.

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