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Old 10-08-2002, 09:32 PM
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rear end trouble please help

Just when i thought i was done spending money on my lovely 300e then comes another headache

Its started about a week ago everytime i take a right turn I hear this " clack clack clack clack clack " sound coming from the back ,at first it was only doing it when i take a right turn but now it also does it when I am taking off from a full stop then the noise away now i dont know if it is my rear end or the axles, maybe you guys came across this b4 so let me know what it is please took me about a week to post this cause i know it would lead to a few bucks out of my pocket
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Old 10-08-2002, 11:31 PM
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Could be several things

I would guess it's a universal on an axle but that's only a guess. I hope you have buddied up with a good tech! You may need him on this one!
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Old 10-09-2002, 06:37 AM
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Sounds like 1/2 shaft time. Do a search on here for 1/2 shaft and read the response. It is my opinion that this is one of the easier diy'er type of jobs although the parts can be pretty pricy.
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Old 10-09-2002, 07:57 AM
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If changing the rear axles is anything similar to a W123('81 240D),
it shouldn't take you more than 2.5hrs.
The most difficult part is jacking up the car and removing the wheel.
Put the car on jack-stands; drain the 3rd member; take off the wheel.
You'll find a single bolt in the center of the brake hub; remove it.
Pull the back cover on the differential; you'll find a "circ-clip"on the axle in question; slip a piece of thin wire through the hole in it( if you drop it, you can fish it out); use a needle nose and pull it out.
Grab both ends of the axle and push to the center.
The axle will fall to the ground.
Put a little anti-seize on the splines of the replacement; pick it up and expand it into position.
Put the single bolt back in the brake hub. and snap the circ-clip back into the groove of the axle.
Replace the rear cover(put a thin film of RTV on the mating surfaces) back on and re-fill the differential.
Put wheel back on and jack-down the car.
I have the "HAYNES" manual, and they give a blow-by-blow description.
Good luck. Regards, John F. ('81 240D & '85 500SEC)
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Old 10-09-2002, 09:29 AM
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thanks a lot guys for replying to my post i have one more question
when u guys say 1/2 shaft r u refering to the rear axles I never own a rear wheel drive b4 I have always owned front wheel drive and the sound that i get is similar to when you have the front axles go bad on a front wheel drive car but this one is louder on the benz thanks guys
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