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Old 01-28-2003, 08:09 AM
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Angry Car not level

My 1994 C180 Euro has a problem(s). When looked from the front of the car, the driver's side which is then on the left looks very heavy and drooped. I measured some equivalent levels on both sides and came up with a surprising difference of at least 1 inch or more from the ground up. The whole left side appears to be lowered!!! The right side isn't. From the inside, this being a Euro, the driver's side is on the right(right hand drive). How can this be??? Possible muck up of accident repairs? Can the whole chassis be warped??? Possible shrunk spring coils on the driver's side??? The right tyre always appears to be under pressurised and it looks flatter than the other side's front tyre of the same pressure. The only work on the front was tyre rotation and change of the front bushings. Can someone please help me with this problem. Do I need to get the whole undercarriage(tyres, absorbers, springs and axles )changed?????? HEEEELP!!!!!
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Old 01-28-2003, 08:48 AM
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On the side of the car that sits lower the coil springs have sagged! Not uncommon for that to happen. IN many cases you can install thicker rubber pads under the spring to correct the ride height.
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Old 01-28-2003, 11:18 AM
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I had this happen to our '91 300E the other night. I suddenly noticed that the right side was definitely at a different height as well were just going out. I thought it was a flat tire of course.

I later discovered the right front sway bar link to the body had broken. Replaced it and now it is back to normal.

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Old 01-31-2003, 07:38 AM
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Angry Sagging springs?

Thanks Haasman and MBdoc. I spoke to my usual techie and he says that this happens to many Benzs when its only one driver using the car without any passengers. Is this true? He said that I may have to change both the front springs because one side is sagged, but both sides must be replaced. There was another Benz in his workshop, a E230 and it was also sagging on the driver's side. Maybe not as much as mine. Because the front is a lot wider looking, it is not so obvious as mine. Again, I am asking the Benz expert techs to tell me what is the proper part number for the front and back shock absorbers. I found my rears are H1 while other C180s have the H6. Is the H6 a longer travel or gas absorber and the H1 is the sports version with shorter travel? Have the wrong ones been installed in my car? Please help.
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Old 01-31-2003, 08:32 AM
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I've not had luck figuring out what the codes on the back of the shocks mean, asking here has not turned up anything. From what I can tell, it is not documented in any TDM. Based on experience with my '87 300D I can tell you shocks with the same number may be different & dealer spec replacements may have different number as well.
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