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Old 08-05-2003, 01:41 PM
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1993 300SE Problems

My car has done 140K miles. I have just changed all 4 shocks, steering damper, and have 4 new manufacturer recommended tyres. I had 4 wheel alignment done, and wheel balancing.

1st Problem steeering wheel is slightly of centre, and car pulls slightly to the left.

2nd Problem The car bounces or jumps over bumps, instead of riding over them. It feels very hard on the steering wheel, and the rear end of the car sways or twitches going over the bumps. My tyre pressures are 27 psi in front, and 33 psi rear as indicated on the sticker on the driver's door.

What can I do to solve these problems. Solutions will be appreciated.


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Old 08-05-2003, 02:47 PM
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welcome to the Forum.

-What brand of shocks? Which model?

-What brand of tires? Which model?

Who did your alignment for you? It sounds like they need to redo it. It is recommended that a spreader bar is used to add a pre-load to the front-end for best results alignmnents.

When you checked the tire pressure, were they hot or cold?

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Old 08-05-2003, 03:29 PM
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Hi Haasman

Thanks for your response

Brand of shocks: Front shocks were replaced by my mechanic, he ordered them directly from MB dealership.

Rear shocks I bought myself from MB dealership with my VIN number, so both sets are original MB replacements, but I do not know the names.

TYRES are Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus V97 225 60 16

I have not checked the tire pressures cold, but I can do that 1st thing in the morning to confirm.

My mechanic recommended a car shop that has the equipment to do MB alignment, and that is where I had it done. I have gone back to complain that the steering wheel is still of centre, and I was told to bring it back. I will by the weekend.

Do you know if 300SE uses struts as well as schocks, or could the springs be weak?


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