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Old 12-05-2003, 03:48 PM
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What's involved in replacing lower balljoint on W126 ?

Hello all,

Mine is an '86 560SEL. As the subject already stated, I'd like to tackle the job myself with a local shop help removing and pressing in the new joint (US-DS).

Do I need to remove front wheel hub/bearings on the process ?
If the answer is yes, then I'll wait till new rotors are required.

Please advise!
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Old 12-05-2003, 04:43 PM
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Do I need to remove front wheel hub/bearings on the process
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Old 12-05-2003, 04:50 PM
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Make sure you have a shop lined up ahead of time. Alot of them don't have the appropriate press. Others won't do it unless they also get to sell you the parts.
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Old 12-05-2003, 05:23 PM
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Thanks for the quick replies...

Jim,
Just got off the phone with an MB tech at an independent shop, he quoted $170 including alignment with self-supplied part. He indicates that the front hub/bearings, even though closed, would be untouched. What's your opinion ?

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Old 12-05-2003, 05:58 PM
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If you take the whole car in, and they have the right press, yes thay can do it with the hub still on. That sounds like a good price if that's for both sides. I was quoted at my indie shop at something like $185 per side. That's why I decided to tackle it myself.
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Old 12-05-2003, 06:09 PM
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Doesn't sound like a bad deal. I imagine you could do this job by pulling the spindle and leaving the hub/brgs intact but who would want to?
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