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Old 04-20-2013, 07:34 PM
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'99 e320 frt suspension wobble

1) Front suspension developed a severe shake between 50 & 60 mph (daughter says this developed over time but never reported it to me)
2) Found the driver's side lower ball joint & tie rod to be worn
3) Replaced both on both sides
4) Shake is reduced but still there (tires are worn & a balance weight may be missing)
5) All other ball joints are tight
6) Noticed about 1/4" of lateral movement on the front bushing of both front lower control arms (seem to be about the same lft & rt)
7) Rear bushing has no movement

QUESTION: Is a bit of movement in the front bushing of the lower control arm normal or are control arm bushings my next replacement? As far as I know, no suspension parts have ever been replaced on this vehicle (I got it in 2006).

1999 E320 (gave to daughter) 250K
1994 F150 (may be the end of its road) 240K
1989 560 SL (Reassembly after paint job) 160K
1986 560 SL (deceased., gave it's life protecting my wife)
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:46 PM
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Make sure the wheel bearing clearance is properly set.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:51 AM
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I have read that shocks are old,and time to replace.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:06 PM
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Try rotating the tires and see if anything changes.

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