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Old 03-23-2010, 09:22 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I had it done by a friend who is a mechanic and works on MBs... I think he put in a poor quality part... I'm still not sure untill I crack it open....

do you know of an HD bearing for this application? I have seen a few car part sites claiming a HD bearing... just curious
There is only one support bearing. I have never heard of a HD version. My only suggestion to you is purchase the kit from M/B (163 410 00 10). If you are doing it yourself make sure you mark everything .
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:57 AM   #12 (permalink)
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will do...most people advise putting the truck on all four jack stands...is that for clearance of the axle during removal/install or do the wheels need to be free to rotate... just curious
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Old 03-24-2010, 04:11 AM   #13 (permalink)
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will do...most people advise putting the truck on all four jack stands...is that for clearance of the axle during removal/install or do the wheels need to be free to rotate... just curious
More for clearance than anything else. If you mark the flanges on either end of the drive shaft then it should go back with no problem.
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Old 03-24-2010, 07:04 AM   #14 (permalink)
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In case you find hard to unbolt the mounting screws/bolts as #3 in the OP and #47 in 43sqd's diagram, a little heat will help. I used a small propane torch from below for a few seconds and made unbolting really easy. Just be careful not to overheat and protect any wires in the area.
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:06 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Good Tip!!! It did come off a year ago when I had it replaced ..so I'm hoping it will come off with ease....saturday will be the big day.. I'll post results...

thank you for all your help and input! unlike other forumns people on here are helpful.
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:03 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Is there a specific procedure to line the drive shaft up after reinstallation, there is a fair amount of play in the holes. I have replaced many center bearings on other vehicles, and last year on my ML, now it seams I will have to replace again, as its starting to make noise, so as its only a year old, I wonder if there was a problem with my installation....
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:20 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Is there a specific procedure to line the drive shaft up after reinstallation, there is a fair amount of play in the holes. I have replaced many center bearings on other vehicles, and last year on my ML, now it seams I will have to replace again, as its starting to make noise, so as its only a year old, I wonder if there was a problem with my installation....
Mark the flanges on either end of the drive shaft before removal, then draw a center line on the drive shaft once it's off as per the instructions.
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Old 04-06-2010, 12:20 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I just did this procedure tonight and it wasn't all that bad. They were right though about those 2 bolts that hold on the center support, but after shooting a Mapp gas flame up into the holes from underneath they came out extremely easily!

Good luck to everyone else that tries the removal.
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:52 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I am shopping around for this drive shaft centre support and there are different brands on the market.

Can someone help based on their experience for the best from the following:

1-Hamburg Tech $90
2-NSK Bearing $90
3-APA/URO $90
4-Febi Bilstein $160

Thanks
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:55 PM   #20 (permalink)
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So the question is why did MB put an extra joint in this shaft thus requiring a center bearing? Seems pointless to me.
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