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I am looking for some professional guidance on repairing my lower ball joints and torque arm bushings. These repairs were idnetified a result of my local MB dealer serviceing my car. $1000.00 P&L for the repairs which is ridiculous. I priced the parts through numerous links off of this page and know the savings as a result. I have some level of mechanical ability and feel that I may be able to do this at my facility. I am looking for any instructions that may be available, skematics of the parts and tips that would make the job a bit easier than if I went into it blind. The front of the car is squeking like an old bedspring which is what prompted the service. 80K on the car. Does anyone have proactive information they are willing to share on how to make it easier to do the job myself and save about $700.00?

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Hi Steve - welcome to the forum. As your 2003 E320 should be body style W211, it would probably be better if you posted your queries in the W211 forum, rather than here in General MB, as the guys there are very familiar with all the quirks of that model. Please add details of your location, etc.

There is a page in the WIS for "Remove/install torque strut at front axle" which (I think) addresses your question above. Note the special tools required to get through the work. Maybe you can find a work-around solution there. Also note the torques provided, and the reference to final tightening at the curbside.
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The easiest way to repair it is to sell the car before you get deeper in this mess.
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I appreciate your humor... but this site is all about fixing our MBs, surely.
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You information is appreciated and I obvioulsy need to learn how to move around the site. I will reveiw that forum designed specifically for my model Benz. Thank you for the PDF breakdown of parts.
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Thank you for the PDF breakdown of parts.
Steve - it's more that a 'breakdown of parts'.

If you scroll down to read the 4 pages of pdf, you have complete instructions on how to complete the job....
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Keyhole,
Your point is noted. I have saved the information and can see the complete list of information you have provided. I believe that your information will assist me in making the needed repairs myself. My approach is this, either I will fix the problem or I will F it up so bad that someone else will need to! I should be ok, at least that is how I am approaching the issue.

Thanks again, I will let you know the overall outcome.
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