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Help Mr Wizard! I'm getting ready to DIY change of rear shocks on a 03 230slk, anything I should be careful of ? It looks like a simple job, couple of bolts and bingo-bango its done, but it's a Mercedes so you never know. Would appreciate any advice. THANKS
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No secrets, pretty simple job.
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Why do you think they need to be changed and what brand are you installing?

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Hi Len, The right rear has been leaking fluid and the ride is very harsh on bumps. I'm replacing them with some cheap Monroe s I got online from Parts Geek. They claim to be the correct parts.
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Thanks Elmo - makes sense to replace a leaker. I thought that maybe you were just looking for things to spend money on.

What kind of miles do you have on your SLK? I've got an '03 also.

My guess is that you will likely be pretty disappointed using those after market cheapies.

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Len, 80,000 miles, vehicle is in great shape, came from Florida. Love driving the thing but have been spending tooooo much money on it lately so I went with the cheap shocks. No problem replacing the leaker but the good shock will not come out. I can't seem to compress the shock enough to extract it.
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Len, 80,000 miles, vehicle is in great shape, came from Florida. Love driving the thing but have been spending tooooo much money on it lately so I went with the cheap shocks. No problem replacing the leaker but the good shock will not come out. I can't seem to compress the shock enough to extract it.
Did you ever get it figured out? I'm in the same boat, can't seem to get the rear shocks out.
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