No collision mate, just corrosion :frown:It can be welded unless yours has been in a colision ?
No collision mate, just corrosion :frown:
Been to a local specialist Auto welder today and he said it's so bad he would not be able to sleep at night if he welded it.. I told him it was my wife's daily driver and he said if I loved her I need to replace the subframe..> He actually refused to weld it :surprise::surprise:
I should have taken pics when it was up on the ramps but I was a bit shocked TBH, it's basically holed and split on one side and corroded and holed on the other. He showed me what was supported by it and said worse case potentially the RHS rear wheel could collapse outwards. Also showed me brake pipes that need replacing...:frown:
I've been quoted some silly prices for s/h frames from greedy breakers (£330 from one company) and of course a new one from MB is almost £700 :surprise: and that's just for the frame!
(Is there a way of guaranteeing the frame would fit our car by the way?)
Fitting is around 8-10 hours, and it's not a DIY option for me :frown:
I fear Christmas could be cancelled >
Thanks for the suggestions and advice, it's appreciated :grin:Well go get second opinion which is free !
Take some photos while on ramp and post them here .
Depends how bad it can be welded if access is good etc
Or may have to be removed and welded .
Failing that a new / second hand one req .
Temp welding can be an answer while you source a new axle etc
Rear brake pipes at back are an easy replacement as such but a little time consuming etc ive done a few .
No im saying get a second opinion of welding the chassis and photosThanks for the suggestions and advice, it's appreciated :grin:
I suppose I could get what would arguably be a fourth opinion, but when it's been failed by an MOT tester and then another two separate professionals tell me it's time to replace it - one of whom refused to weld it :surprise: I think I'd possibly be looking at the least safe option - I'm sure there will be someone who would have no hesitation taking my cash to weld it, but would it be right considering what I've been told/advised, and most importantly, safe?
I think its maybe time to bite the bullet and to consider my wife's safety above all else - she drives like Lewis Hamilton given the chance >
Everyone else on here - get your subframe checked when you can :wink:
But who examins the rear axle when purchasing a car ?Replacing it with another will probably add some value when you sell the car, whereas welding it will raise some questions regarding general maintenance IMHO.
Yeh saw that thanks Pat, wanted to source closer to home if possible..
Yes been there Sean thanks, done all the searches using various such as Dronsfields, Partsgateway etc. Like I said earlier, some greedy breakers out there considering new part is £650 from Merc..:frown:Check with Dronsfields ... Mercedes-Benz Parts - Dronsfields, a Mercedes Breaker UK
They may be a safe bet ...
Without actually seeing the state of the back axle if it can be repaired do it .Yeh saw that thanks Pat, wanted to source closer to home if possible..
Yes been there Sean thanks, done all the searches using various such as Dronsfields, Partsgateway etc. Like I said earlier, some greedy breakers out there considering new part is £650 from Merc..:frown:
Awaiting pics of one from 60K breaking for front end crash damage. £140 delivered - more like it. Told guy I need to know it's fine 'underneath' ie above the frame when attached to car - the bit you can't see when in situ :nerd:
Thanks everyone for help and advice so far, whilst waiting over the holiday period I'm taking the advice of Delucas and getting a few more pro opinions on welding, but as I said in another post, the car is otherwise mint and selling on is not what my wife would want :crying: I'd rather cough up and get it right, replacing the subframe (and brake pipes whilst everything is off) and then waxoyling or sealing underneath woulld seem like the way to go.
Don't suppose the owners in Florida or SoCal have this problem, weather not quite the same as NE England...>
Inbox emptyDelucas you need to empty your inbox - you can't receive pm's :wink:
In situ.. after grinding/dremeling clean he'll be using plate metal and then undersealing.Inbox empty
Dont look to bad think the yellow chalk marks makes it look worse ??
Is he going to weld in situ ?
Or remove axle frame and weld ?
Removing is better you get a better weld / finish and makes life easier but more expensive .
Sounds and looks very bad, pull it out and change it.In situ.. after grinding/dremeling clean he'll be using plate metal and then undersealing.
Tried to pm you but system said your inbox was full?