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Old 07-21-2011, 02:30 PM
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1989 300CE bushings/suspension

My Son and I purchased an 89' 300CE and plan to work on it together this summer.
We are replacing the struts, shocks and control arm/drag link. I am think we should replace the sway bar bushings at the same time. can anyone tell me if there are other rubber parts or bushings that should be replaced to improve drivability and safety?

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Old 07-21-2011, 03:26 PM
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You can go to Peach or any of the online parts sellers and browse thru their parts for the front suspension/steering. There is a lot of stuff that you can change there so I would prioritize and do only what is necessary.

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Old 07-21-2011, 03:34 PM
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Here are some links that will help you..

This is the MASTER LINK you should bookmark..
Fast navigation Do It Yourself Links
Fast navigation Do It Yourself Links


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BRAKE:

Some Facts About Brake Hoses:
#1. The the industry standard average safety life of a brake hose is six years. FYI data SAE: J1401, J1703, J1705, J1873, J1406, J1288, J1403, J1833, J1402.
#2. Brake hoses deteriorate from the inside as well as the outside.
#3. Moisture is absorbed into brake fluid systems through brake hoses.
#4. Contaminants in brake fluid act abrasively on the inner wall of brake hoses.
#5. The brake hose reinforcing fabric deteriorates through expansion and moisture.
#6. High operating temperatures contribute to the deterioration of hoses.
#7. Brake hoses swell with age and restrict flow.
#8. Generally all brake hoses on a vehicle deteriorate at the same rate, So all hoses should be replaced if one is found to be faulty!

Brake hose failure mode:

#A. Rupture (burst hose) = age, exercise (too many miles) or impact are the typical cause.

*B. Partial internal collapse = the inner ply becomes damaged/detached acting as a partial restriction and/or one way valve.

#C. Full internal Blockage = the inner ply becomes damaged/detached acting as a plug = brake pedal still feels good but there is no brake application.

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Brake is a safety system = issues can kill you or others!!!

Be aware of your LEGAL LIABILITY.

http://www.matveylaw.com/CM/Custom/Car-Accident-Causes.asp
http://www.expertlaw.com/library/car-accidents/
http://www.nolo.com/article.cfm/ObjectID/0F1CEF63-DD72-4E9C-A9EFEF37DFC3C5ED/catID/C2B5FF79-6DD8-4FD5-85351429C56DCFFD/104/199/255/ART/
http://www.goldsteinhayes.com/PracticeAreas/Automobile-Accidents.asp

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TYPICAL 'RUBBER' BRAKE HOSE FAILURES
http://www.maltech.com.au/brakehoses.html
http://www.familycar.com/brakes.htm

Incredible data, a must read.
Brakes FAQ Home Volvo Maintenance FAQ for 7xx/9xx/90 Cars
http://www.volvoclub.org.uk/faq/Brakes.html

Brakes caught fire 1999 C280 (with pictures of damage)
Brakes caught fire 1999 C280

Tell my dad my tire is on fire!
Tell my dad my tire is on fire! :eek:

gruesome 617 engine pics - don't look if you have a weak stomach
Brake FAIL: gruesome 617 engine pics - don't look if you have a weak stomach

Industry Adopts Brake Fluid Replacement Guidelines By Bill Williams, Technical Contributor
http://www.babcox.com/editorial/bf/bf50412.htm

Brake flush every two years?! U'r kidding right?
Brake flush every two years?! U'r kidding right?

Why should I flush my brake fluid every year, you ask?
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/diesel-discussion/38856-why-should-i-flush-my-brake-fluid-every-year-you-ask.html#post220599

Brake bleeder recommendation
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/tech-help/72839-brake-bleeder-recommendation.html#post455818

Power Bleeder or what?
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/diesel-discussion/103226-power-bleeder-what.html#post707359

Brake bleeder - power bleeder Homemade
Brake bleeder - power bleeder Homemade


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FLEX DISC:


Bad Flex Disc
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/diesel-discussion/121285-bad-flex-disc.html#post868326

Weekend Wrenching (a great picture of a bad flex disc)
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/showthread.php?t=216701

The Death of a Flex Disc ... did I kill my 240D?
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/diesel-discussion/252017-death-flex-disc-did-i-kill-my-240d.html#post2194084

What happens when you ignore that "little" driveline vibration!
What happens when you ignore that "little" driveline vibration!

Flex Disc Orientation, safety and durability issue.
Flex Disc Orientation, safety and durability issue.

If your W123 is shaking down the highway. . .
If your W123 is shaking down the highway. . .

Correct way to install front driveshaft guibo? (FLEX DISC)
Correct way to install front driveshaft guibo?


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