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Old 08-23-2017, 11:01 PM
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Genuine Mercedes tie rod boots split after 15K miles

Forgot to get a picture but I'll get one tomorrow. I replaced the tie rods when I did the suspension on my 190E Sportline about 18 months ago. Tuesday, I had the wheels off to get the bumper, etc off for new belt tensioner, power steering pump and AC compressor. Noticed that the outer tie rod boots on both sides were split. I have no explanation as to why that would happen since I replaced the URO tie rods the PO put on there with Genuine Mercedes.

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Old 08-24-2017, 02:31 AM
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Possibly damaged upon installation or maybe part was on the shelf for a while before it got to you. What I do for all the rubber bushings and boots on my 201 is use very thick (30,000 cst) pure silicone oil to coat them. That way they don't deteriorate as fast. I actually use it when I shine my sidewalls after a car wash as well. Also over my spare tire to keep the rubber supple. Silicone doesn't degrade rubber like petroleum based products so it's safe.
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Old 08-24-2017, 12:05 PM
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check the clearance of the wheel to the tie rod end, with 15 inch wheels the wheel weight can cut the boot.
there was a bulletin on the 190E 16v but I am unsure of the sportline
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Old 08-29-2018, 11:43 PM
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Was the wheel weights.

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80 300SD 183K
83 300D manual 100K chassis
86 Yugo GV 48K
88 Yugo GVX 9K
90 300D 230K
90 Lexus LS400 189k
91 F150 4.6 4v 160K
93 190E 3.0 Sportline Limited Edition 230K
93 190E 2.6 Sportline Limited Edition 91K
96 MGM LS 242K- RIP
03 Sprinter Passenger 220K
06 MGM LS 105K-sold
Parts cars:
77 240D Auto-RIP
79 300SD- RIP
80 300SD
83 240D-RIP
85 240D-RIP
87 190D-RIP
91 190E 2.3- RIP
93 190E 2.6-RIP
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