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Super Moderator CA 2012 SLK55 AMG w/P30
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Super Moderator UK SLK 55 AMG 2007
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Welcome from Wirral, England.

If you are new to forums, or the format of this forum, this may help.

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Really useful links (thanks to ixions cataloguing)
The web site of slk-links Includes diy videos.
Spare parts: The web site of slk-links <<<Where to find part numbers

There's a link to R170/171/172's do it yourself threads below.
R170 DIYS:- SLK R170 class DIY
R171 DIYS:- SLK R171 Class DIY
R172 DIYS:- SLK R172 Class DIY

Some useful tips in this section for new Members and prospective owners.
The web site of slk-links

You can find your region by scrolling down the page on this link
This is where to find meets/events.

Look across the banner and you'll see three vertical dots.
Many questions answered there.
You'll also find the >>>FAQs<<<

Click the 5 horizontal lines near the banner.
Scroll down and you'll find a huge section of info.
Check out the tsbs. Lot's of fixes for MB recognised issues there.

Same principal for auto and manual. For auto select manual.
Allow engine to rev higher before gear changes and cruise at 4-5000rpm.
Do a 20 mile drive.
This gets cats warmer and can reduce emissions.
Also, see techron threads.

Get your suspension checked.
It may be a broken spring, not always visible.

Premium Member 2009 SLK350
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Premium Member 2012 SLK55 AMG
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I have just purchased a SLK AMG55.
When I reverse park with the steering on full lock, I hear a loud metal clunking sound from the front end. Someone told me its normal and caused by not to use full lock.
Is this correct and caused by ?
Its perfectly normal and is tyre skip which is particularly prevelant when the tyres are cold. By the way welcome from Mersea Island, Essex, UK and another SLK55 owner.

Premium Member 2012 SLK55 AMG
3,510 Posts
Welcome from Gloucester uk
As Martin said, this is normal on cold tyres, not so obvious in summer. I had it on mine until I replaced the front tyres a few back but I know it will come back as the tyres wear.
There’s a lot about it on the AMG private lounge and it seems to affect all models.

Registered 2005 SLK55 AMG
794 Posts
Great choice great car! Metal clunking? If it only happens in reverse the drag on the suspension is in the opposite direction so it could be tyres but why metal sound? Try gently applying brakes while reversing, see if it gets better or worse? My old 55 gets musical sometimes and thrust arm bushes can knock. When I get to full lock I always back off a fraction. Steering hydraulics?


Premium Member 2005 SLK55 AMG
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Hi and welcome to from the UK Midlands - Thanks for joining us and posting an intro! :)

Premium Member 2009 SLK55 AMG
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Welcome from the Sacramento Valley SLK Enthusiasts!
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