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Old 11-03-2002, 04:09 PM
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rear suspension links W124 help please

Hi all,
I'm doing some work with the springs in my '87 300D and I've run into a few issues. Its VERY difficult to get the spring link installed, even using a bottle jack to take the weight off the bolt. I can pound the bolt in. It does NOT want to be at the angle its at and I believe this may be tearing up the bushings - parts car bushings 175Kmi perfect condition, daily driver 261Kmi chewed up. Also, the torque and thrust arms don't line up perfectly without force, either. I can get the bolt in and tighten it down, but I can see its at a small angle that's eventually taken out by tightening down the bolt. I have never done this work before, so I do not know if this is normal or indicative of something bent or wrong. Any ideas?

Brian Toscano
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Old 11-03-2002, 06:55 PM
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No, but I'm in for the same thing shortly, as my 300D has a bad link on the right side -- pulls to the right under hard acceleration.

I've been told these links are a real pain in the sitting part, and I believe it.

You may need to get a PortaPower and move the suspension around until the bolts go in properly. I've been told they will torque the bushings improperly if they don't slide in straight.

Check the spring link with the other ones and see if it has been damaged -- sounds to me like it may be bent.

1972 220D ?? miles
1988 300E 200,012
1987 300D Turbo killed 9/25/07, 275,000 miles
1985 Volvo 740 GLE Turobodiesel 218,000
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Old 11-04-2002, 12:46 PM
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I see no evidence that the spring link is bent. I will check the other links against new ones, and if they're Okay, maybe the subframe is bent? I'm trying to figure out what's wrong without throwing a lot of parts at it, but it doesn't seem to be going well

Brian Toscano
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Old 11-04-2002, 02:58 PM
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It is strange...

When I did mine, they both went right in! Check other components!
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