Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog Tech Info Tech Forums
  Search our site:    
 Cart  | Project List | Order Status | Help    

Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes ShopForum > Technical Information and Support > Tech Help

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-13-2003, 11:23 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Vanersborg, Sweden
Posts: 99
Front end clunk - advise needed

Hello Friends,

Lately my 1984 500 SEL has developed a front end clunk when I brake to a complete stop. The clunk is definately on the drivers side and is distinctive.

From searching in the archive I suspect that I need to change the guide rod mount (or mounts).

Is this a PITA-job and should I go for both sides at once? Also if someone now the approximate price for the mount it would be good to know? Any advise on how I should tackle this job?

Many thanks in advance.

Mikael Westerberg
1984 500 SEL
Vanersborg, Sweden
Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2003, 01:45 PM
davidmash's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Arlington, TX
Posts: 6,217
I had a clunk in my front end and after new shocks, tie rod, drag link and steering arm it turned out to be the bushings on the sway bar. go figure. It was a 190e 2.3 16 BTW.
Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2003, 03:15 AM
Registered User
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 45
I would check the front end before going further. It can be lower ball joint or as well something unexpected.
Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2003, 06:59 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Vanersborg, Sweden
Posts: 99
Hi Again,

I crawled under the car late last night and found that the rubber boot on both mounts were indeed cracked which suggests replacement time according to the search i did on the list.

Iīm fairly sure itīs not a ball joint issue because I had it on the "safety and emmisions test" about 6 weeks ago were they have a "shaker" rig and go over the steering related parts for play. There was no play in any of the ball joints at all although the clunk was there.

I have also been under quite a few times searching for play in all the obvious place without finding any play at all (although I cant provoke the clunk by hand.

Any more input on how though of a job this is?

Many thanks for the help/ Mikael
Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2003, 08:55 AM
TX76513's Avatar
Platinum Member
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Brandon, Mississippi
Posts: 4,940
More Advice

Something that I learned from a fellow forum member in looking for strange noises in the front end. Make sure you have both front wheels off the ground when "searching". This led to the discovery of my problem that was not audible when wheels were on the ground
.02 John K
15 VW Passat TDI
97 S500
86 Holden Jackaroo Turbo D
86 300SDL
Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2003, 09:41 AM
Posts: n/a
I had a bad ball joint on my 87 300E, drivers side that made a groaning sound when turnining and stopping, but showed no signs of looseness when safety inspected, the way I found it was the dust boot was cracked, so I put WD40 in it and the noise would stop for a day or two. You might try this method on the part you believe to be bad and see what happens.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:13 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2011 Pelican Parts - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page