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Old 11-14-2002, 01:07 PM
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W210 (E420) control arm bushings

I brought my car to the dealer to have my heated seat, seat frame and play in the steering fixed.
I was surprised to hear that a control arm bushing needed to be replaced (the car has 60k miles)
Is this a typical problem. Seems strange.
Thankfully I have an extended warranty that is picking it up.
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Old 11-14-2002, 01:24 PM
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my bushing needed to be replaced at 37k miles and I had to pay about $450 to fix it on 97 e320.
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Old 11-15-2002, 12:31 AM
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Front lower control arm bushings on my '97 E420 replaced at 59K. I was complaining of excessive steering wheel vibrations at around 20-30mph. Dealer said they were cracked, and replaced them and performed the required alignment under Starmark. I've read here and on other boards that it's a common problem with the W210.
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Old 11-15-2002, 12:15 PM
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My 97 E320 had the lower control arm bushings replaced at 60K under starmark warranty. Solved the steering wheel vibration at about 55MPH.
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Old 12-23-2002, 12:41 PM
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Front-end Alignment Required?

After replacing control arm bushings on '97 W210 car, is a front-end alignment required? Also, are there upper bushings as well as lower? Should they all be replaced? How about after replacement of front shocks- does that require re-alignment? Thanks.
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Old 12-23-2002, 12:51 PM
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The W210 chassis as well as most of the newer cars don't have cams to adjust the front end caster/camber. However alignment should be checked when replacing any front end componet.
Shocks on that car have NO effect on alignment!!
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Old 12-23-2002, 01:08 PM
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having the car towed on the front wheels kills control arm bushings( 123 and 124 ) . have you guys been towed in before?
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