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Old 03-20-1999, 12:52 AM
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I have a 1988 MB 190E 2.3. I have a noticable rattle in the front end. I tracked the noise down to the driver side strut. The boot is all broken up on top and the strut is making a rattle every time I hit a bump.
I can push the front end up and down and reproduce the same noise as on the road and I can see the strut moving around. Do I need to replace just the boot or do I need a new strut tower as well. How hard is the install? Would I need a spring compressor.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-20-1999, 09:49 PM
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Be sure to check the ball joint. They show faulty when the boot swells up. This swelling is due to rust inside the joint. As for the strut you shuld let a repair shop handle this and align it.
Old 03-22-1999, 09:47 PM
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I had the exact same problem with my 1990. All that was required was a replacement of the strut mount, and the sound was gone. The dealer wanted $720 to replace both front struts!

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