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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-24-2007, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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Front Shock Absorber

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Front shock absorbers on my 1973-280 are gone and need to be replaced. In terms of do-it-yourself what is the difficulty level of this operation. Do I need any special tools for this ?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-25-2007, 07:25 AM
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im sure others would not recomend it, but i did my 67 in the driveway with a floor jack. easy as pie. i loosened top mounts, jacked car alittle, loosen bottom mounts, removed top hardware and jacked again till shock fell thru, removed bottom hardware and TA DAAA. install was same, just try to have the jack in a position where u can control it with one hand and hold shock with other to guide it.......oh.....PARKING BRAKES!!!!!!and chock rear wheels......rear shocks a bit harder, alot of back and forth, since i couldnt reach jack and guide at the same time.....i used a wire tied to top of shock to guide.....wasnt that bad.....just be careful......hope that helps.

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Thank you very much for the advice, I have two, 2ton hydraulic jacks and 2 of those jack stands and a set of wheel chokes. So I guess I will be ok for that.

I do not necessarily do all the repairs myself. But if there is something that is not very complicated or doesn't need specialized tools I would rather do it myself. I feel that it gives me a opportunity to know my vehicle better.
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Are those full size shop jacks?
Did you use the search this forum (or bw) on the top right?
These W126 pdf should help:
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Thanks Teutone. This is very helpful.
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good point on jacks......when i said floor jack i didnt elaborate and say shop jack....they are not bottle jacks

since u got the wheels off and working in the area......good idea is to grease everything while ur there......to name a couple, pivot points on the "A" arms and steering links...........i have one of those hand sized grease guns.......make sure u wipe the grease fittings(nipples) first.......just another easy DIY......oh yeah.....there might be a center cap on the spindle.....dead center in the wheel.......i am not sure of ur car, but its usually a grease cap and covers the bearings for the wheel.......cap is sometimes dome or flat shaped.....u can pop it off with screwdriver and finger in some axle grease.......just be care and not smuge grease on the brake disc, if u have discs..........

i dont mean to go on and on......but i can.....lol

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Thanks again, and please go on and on and on (if you have time). I am a very good listner & learner. I would love to learn more about this car.
It is my first MB, I was looking for a winter beater and came across it and I think I have fallen in love with it (my wife thinks I have gone nuts).

I searched this forum as suggested bu Teutone but did find much info about the shocks. I have lots of other questions, but I need to take some pictures before so that I can explain better.

Thanks for all the help.
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this 250sec is my first MB too....i know im in love with it and the wife.....well.....she knows im in the garage and not somewhere else......im still finding things out myself......i really have to admit those older MBs really are made with some serious attention and workmanship......i was just in the barn and measuring out the passenger door panel.....im making new ones....and i had no idea the door was that stout.....its 1/8 metal on the structural wrapped in steel....had no idea....the door always sounded solid and felt heavy.....now i know why....damn bank vault doors......im glad i can help in any way.....dont mind the sharing.....if i can help ill try......get ur pics together and fire away.....theres good info in here.....cheers

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Thank you Grez. I did post pictures & some questions in a seprate thread "1973 280 Sedan" but so far have not received any reply or advice. I did order the Shocks & Windsheild Seal and it should be arriving soon.

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