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Old 06-09-2003, 02:14 PM
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just purchased 98 C230. Front right wheel area groans when going through a puddle.

I just noticed this the other day on my wifes car. It poured over the weekend, of course, and when i went through some puddles there would be a groan coming from the front right. It would last about 20 seconds until I went through another puddle. Any idea what this could be? I was thinking water getting a cv joint, if there is one on the front of the car. I have yet to crawl under this car since getting it in December so I don't know what the front suspension looks like. ????? Actually i did crawl under to change the oil and realized the cannister was on the top.
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Old 06-09-2003, 02:22 PM
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sounds like you might need new ball joints
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Old 06-09-2003, 02:26 PM
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Why would you think ball joints. Wouldn't the groan be from something that is moving, like a wheel, and causing some friction. I will jack up the car and check the play in the wheel, but does a worn ball joint make noise?
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Old 06-09-2003, 02:51 PM
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That is the same problem I encountered with my old 300e. Each time after driving in the rain the car would squeak and groan. I temporarily fixed it by spraying wd40 in the area I thought the squeaking was comming from. This worked, until it rained again. It turned out to be that the ball joints were stiff,and I needed new ones. I greased the old ones up really good and after that it was trouble free.
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Old 06-09-2003, 04:36 PM
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Do the ball joints in these cars take grease or are they permanently sealed? If they are sealed then how did you grease them?
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Old 06-09-2003, 04:38 PM
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I am not sure about them being permanently sealed. I just sprayed wd-40 directly on the ball joints. It soaked into the metal and the squeaking and groaning stopped.
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