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Old 04-02-2004, 12:00 PM
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Ride height

What is the correct ride height for a 1995 S600 Coupe. Also where is it measured ( from what point on the car). I do know that the S600 is 1" lower than the 500. The reason I am asking is that the back of my car looks like it sits lower and the wheel well covers some of the top of the tire. The front tire and wheel well look equally spaced - almost concentric circles. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old 04-02-2004, 06:24 PM
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To the best of my knowledge, ride height is measured from the centre of the wheel, to the bottom lip of the fender.
M-B normally specifies a " raked " look, i.e., the rear should be 1/2 - 1" higher than the front. That should just about make it level with a " normal " load ( 2-3 passengers ).
The front fender opening is usually much greater than the rear, to allow you to turn the front wheels to full lock, and bounce the suspension, without hitting the fender.
Back wheels don't turn.
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Old 04-07-2004, 12:56 PM
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Factory service manuals & dealer tools measure deflection angle of the control arms to determine ride height. Since so few people have these tools we usually resort to measuring from the center of the wheel to the lower part of the fender to compare against other cars.
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Old 04-08-2004, 12:42 PM
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Thanks for the advise. You are correct in your statment that hardly anyone has the proper tools & experience to check the ride height according to the M/B manual. I would think there is an easier way though. The S600 has the automatic ride control system. Does each wheel have a seperate control unit that has a height adjustment? I can't find anything that looks like it can be adjusted that is hooked up to the wheel components.

I also measured the distance from the fender well to the floor (checked tire pressure first), and found that the back is 3/4 of an inch off from left to right side of the car. Are there rubber pads in the spring assembly or subframe that could have worn or compressed? I also have a vibration at 45-60 m.p.h.. Can this all be related???? All the dealers are stumped. What can I do?
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Old 04-08-2004, 12:55 PM
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We usually measure to the center of the star on the wheel. The idea is to eliminate tires as much as possible from changing ride height. 3/4" seems excessive for side to side, I think 1/2" is max. allowed. There are spring pads under the springs & big subframe mounts that bolt the subframe to the frame floor. However, these usually last a LONG time. If a subframe mount broke you'd almost certainly feel it in the ride. I'm not very familiar with the self levelling suspensions.

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