I had been planning on replacing my suspension due to age.
Over the last few months I had noticed a clanking/chinging noise from the near side when going over pot holes and man hole covers, so last weekend my Brother and I jacked up the n/s/f to see what the problem was.
"There's the problem" my brother says, and pulled out nearly an entire coil of broken spring, the part which locates at the bottom of the shock.
So this week I ordered the following,
2 X front springs, yellow-blue-blue colour code (Merc. dealer). Sport option.
2 X rear springs, white-grey-grey colour code (Merc. dealer).
2 X front shock top mounts, in case bearings were shot (Merc. dealer).
2 X Bilstein B6 front shocks (Bilstein direct).
2 X Bilstein B6 rear shocks (Bilstein direct).
The shocks were delivered within 2 days and the stuff from the Mercedes dealer were picked up yesterday. Whilst at the dealers I also bought 2 X gas struts for the boot lid, for the sake of about Ł22 + vat for the pair I thought I would try them, I now know they were definitely needed, so a cheap and simple fix.
Saturday afternoon we replaced the front suspension, or I should say, after getting stopped in our tracks we replaced the front suspension.
My spring compressors would not compress the springs enough, so a dash to Machine Mart and we bought this spring and strut compressor, https://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/p...rut-compressor
Today we replaced the rear suspension, as we have not got the Mercedes type rear spring compressor we had to lower the lower control arm to clear the spring.
When we dropped the lower control arm on the o/s/r we found that spring was also broken.
My ramblings are just a reminder to perhaps have a check of certain components as I had no idea one of the rear springs was also broken.
I now intend to get the suspension checked over and have a full alignment carried out by a specialist. There also appears to be a height difference of 15mm from the near side to the off side. Possibly the suspension needs more time to settle?