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Old 09-04-2002, 03:21 PM
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I've got an '85 190E also but only 56K.

First, let's check the strut mount. Open up the hood and take a look. Is the rubber cracked? No? Good. Yes? Bad.
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Old 09-04-2002, 03:25 PM
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you are being very helpful, really appreciate that.

I will let you know the strut mount condition tomorrow (will get to my car in the evening).

Anything else I can look for, while I am there?

Interesting that you have the same car, but much less mileage. I have 135K on it! I have had it for 11 years.
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Old 09-04-2002, 03:54 PM
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Next, jack up the car. You suspected a cracked control arm so take a look. Check the ball joint on the control arm to see if it is worn. Check the control arm bushings also to see if they are worn. No? Good. Yes? Bad.

Grasp the tire at 12 and 6 o'clock and push/pull to see if there is any movement. Any movement at 3 and 9 o'clock? There shouldn't be any movement if steering/suspension parts are okay.

Check your sway bar bushings. Worn?

Replacing the steering/suspension is pretty easy...except for the control arm stuff.
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