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Old 08-31-2000, 01:36 AM
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My '83 300TD has started to make a grinding noise from the rear-left wheel at speed. My tech suggested repacking the bearings.

1)Is this a viable DIY project?

2)If not, is $170 for the front and $500 for the back a reasonable quote?

BTW, my '75 240D is still rolling well on the original bearings. Thank you for the continued support, Andrew Seidel.

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Old 08-31-2000, 06:02 PM
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If it's already grinding, repacking is not the answer. Replacement of the worn out bearings will solve your problem,,,providing,, it's the bearing that's "grinding". Be sure of the brakes, loose lugnuts, cv/universal joints..

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Old 09-02-2000, 11:33 AM
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I agree with Jeff - replacement is the way to go. But I would make sure that this is the real problem first.

The front bearings look to be a reasonable DIY, judging from the Haynes book. The rears are not even in it.

Looking at my Merecedes 123 chassis manual, R/R of the rear wheel bearings takes at least five special MB tools and appears quite complicated. Better to leave this one to a shop.

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