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Old 06-13-2003, 03:31 PM
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rear axle ratio 500SEL/126


I live in Germany and have a US-500SEL (1985). Actually I am repairing a few things on the rear axle. Now I'm wondering about my differential. I'm not sure if the mounted one is the right one for my US-car. The rear axle ratio is 1:2.24. In US-brochures I read about a ratio of 1:2.47, but on a US-owners-manual-CD I read that there should be a differenzial with a ratio of 1:2.24 in all 500SEL from 1981 to 1985.

At last the US-EPC says my car should have a ratio of 1:2.47.

Who can help me? I think that the pre-owner of my car installed a wrong differential. I'm very sure that they used 1:2.24 on Euro-500SEL's, but for US-models???


Micky McBenz
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Old 06-13-2003, 04:24 PM
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If you look at the differential from the rear. Below the rear cover to the left side the ratio should be stamped.

The US 500SEL (1984 and 1985) was 2.47 ratio as you have seen in the EPC.
Steve Brotherton
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