300SL front end noise - Mercedes-Benz Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 01-10-2005, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Jan 2005
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
300SL front end noise

I'm a newbie here. Pleased to meet you all. I tried this question in the 129 forum, but no luck so far so I thought I'd give it a go here.

Here's my story:
'93 300SL. About 90k on the clock. Within the last few months it's developed a sort of "thunk" in the front end (it seems to be from there anyway). I cannot produce the sound by bouncing the car while still, by hard braking (either forward or reverse), or by severe steering inputs. It seems to occur on some but not all road bumps, yet sometimes also seems to occurs while going straight ahead on a smooth road. Steering and handling seem normal.

Wheel bearings seem fine. I had a privateer put it up on a lift and we poked and prodded at things without any clear result. There did seem to be some play in the steering idler so we applied the rebuild kit to that. No help, and -$300.00. Ouch!

After some research it seems that sway bar bushings should maybe be the prime suspect. So my questions I guess are these:
1) Does that seem like the most probable cause?
2) Is there any definitive test for this? I thought of actually disconnecting or removing the bar as a test, but don't know if that's crazy or not.
3) Is replacing these bushings a reasonable job for a reasonably competent DIY guy?
4) Anybody have a favorite parts source other than the local MB dealer?

Any help will be much appreciated.

Thanks,
Dennis
Dennis-SL is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > General Mercedes-Benz

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











  • Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
     
    Thread Tools
    Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
    Email this Page Email this Page
    Display Modes
    Linear Mode Linear Mode



    Posting Rules  
    You may post new threads
    You may post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are On
    Pingbacks are On
    Refbacks are On

     

    Title goes here

    close
    video goes here
    description goes here. Read Full Story
    For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome