Date registered: Nov 2005
Vehicle: 300-SEL, 300-E
Location: North Georgia
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A few months back, Edwina went into squeaky, creaky fits whenever we drove over any bumps, and groaned when either my other half or me got out of the car. Eventually, she was even squeaking when you turned the steering wheel.
I tried silicone lube on the bushings, and the noise continued. I thought it was the struts, and changed them, but the noise came back within a week. I finally changed all the suspension bushings, all the steering linkage pieces (tie rods, drag link, idler arm bushings), and both lower ball joints.
The lower ball joints were the worst worn among the old parts, with lots of play, and lots of noise. The right side lower ball joint had about 1/8 inche of play in it, and rattled when I shook it after I got it out.
The lower ball joints were a PITA to change. My ball joint kit wasn't stout enough to push the old joints out. I ended up using a 20 ton shop press to push the old joints from the lower control arms. Hint, a piece of 2" galvanized pipe is perfect to support the control arm while you press the joint through.
It's expensive to replace everything at once, but these cars drive like a brand new one if you do replace all the moving parts at about the same time. The difference was amazing.
1990 300-E (Edwina)
1988 300-SEL (Gruselda)
1987 300-E (Eva)
1982 300-SD (Dumbledore) It'll take a wizard to get him running
1988 Mazda RX-7 GXL (Roxie) May she rest in pieces