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Knocking noise on bottom

How much is it to fix a sway bar/stabilizing link - parts and labor? I think the quote I got was $103.

The mechanic looked at it and told me that was the problem when I told him that my car was making knocking noises on the bottom especially when I go over bumps.
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>>knocking noises on the bottom
If bottom of car = bottom of engine then it might be what your mechanic said.
If bottom of car = bottom of middle of the car then it's the catalytic converter. 10-year-old E-class got that notorious symptom aka rattling cat, louder knocking when car's hot. $500-$1000 to replace with an approved cat in California. If the steering wheel vibrates at idle in Drive at stop sign then your engine mounts are going bad which can worsen the knocking. If you can hear the knocking when not going over bumps then it's definitely that catalytic converter. There are two of them, find out which one.
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I think it's towards the front. I checked with Mercedes dealer and they said it was around $500 to fix sway/stabilizer links. Could there be that much of a price difference between an independent shop and Mercedes? Do I need to go to a mercedes specialist for it?
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the sway bar links front are easy for a shop to fix . aesier on a hoist about a half hour or less ea. a good indie can do it in less time. the parts cost around 17.00 ea even less from non dealer

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special Mercedes parts for sway, stabilizer links?

I wonder, do you need specific Mercedes parts for sway, stabilizer links? If you do, I will have to ask the independent shop about that.
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so is the $103 quote pretty good, or can I get it done for less? to fix the sway, stabilizing links.
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Probably the only way to go cheaper is to replace them yourself. $103 is very reasonable.

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