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Old 09-11-2002, 11:12 PM
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I Have a 190 e 2.3 yr 87 and i need to replace the front struts.First of all can i do the job myself and, if so how? Also what kind of replacement struts((eihbach) can i get or shud i just go back to the dealership?

my real brakes also sqeaks alot, i heard that after market pads do that is that true? i installed them myself.Shud i get the dealership pads too?
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Old 09-12-2002, 12:04 PM
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Do a search!

I have seen pictures of DIY work in the "190 evolution" site.
As far as the rear brake pads, did you use some kind of brake paste on them. Not all the aftermarket pads will make sounds. There are some good ones out there.
'86 300E
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Old 09-14-2002, 12:51 AM
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If you are confident you can change the front struts yourself as no special tools are required. Jack up the car and support it on the lower control arm. The struts can be removed with regular sockets and allen wrenches. A Haynes 190 Manual can be purchased at Pep Boys for $15 and the strut replacement is well documented.

As far as the brakes go. Buy new rotors if you have not already done so. Usually if you buy Pagid or Textar brake pads you will not get the squeal. If the squeal is coming from the back brakes the position of the piston in the caliper may need to be adjusted. The piston is machined slightly to tip the pad at and angle to reduce brake squeal. This adjustment is also noted in the Haynes 190 manual.
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