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Old 11-03-2009, 06:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Front passenger Axle boot

I goa 2001 E320 4matic and the outer boot on the right axle is thorn. What is the best solution, replace the boot or just replace the axle with the chinese parts.

Anyone have used the chinese made parts any comments.

the hub bolt that hold the axle, which way to turn to remove the bolt. Is it clockwise or counter clockwise.

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Old 11-03-2009, 08:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Is the CV joint in good condition filled with grease?
Why would you replace good OEM joint with a knock-off?
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Ray,

where are you located?

The quality of the Chinese knock-off spares is always going to be questionable.
I think that its probably fair to say that alot of people on this site are very proud of their Benz - purists, if you like, and would be aghast at the thoughts of fitting a spurious part of questionable quality.

I however would say this,

Its gonna take quite a bit of effort to fit the new CV boot, the replacement might last, it might not.
Granted it is not a piviotal component, so weigh up the pros and cons each time you choose to use a Chinese part.

Can I suggest you find a OEM reseller online, should be $25 no more - try ebay.
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I goa 2001 E320 4matic and the outer boot on the right axle is thorn. What is the best solution, replace the boot or just replace the axle with the chinese parts.

Anyone have used the chinese made parts any comments.

the hub bolt that hold the axle, which way to turn to remove the bolt. Is it clockwise or counter clockwise.

Thanks

Raybenz
My experience with CV joint boots is that once their torn, failure is just a mater of time. Usually by the time the tear is detected, dirt etc. is in the grease.

Replacing the boot usually requires removal of the axle anyway, so I'd recomend removing the axle and take it to a good local axle rebuilder. They can clean out the CV joint and repack, replace anything needed and put a new boot on. If it has an inner and outer boot, have them check/replace both ends.

You'll end up in better shape than a cheap replacement axle or local auto shop rebuilt axle.
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If you found any parts special made for W210 in China and those parts must be second hand from North America or Europe. If you would like to buy them in China you'd better buy them in the U.S.. Those imported W210 parts are only targeted to those tiny amount of W210 in China who can't find a vehicle part of accessories.
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I just had the inner and outer CV boots replaced on the driver side. No tears or holes but the outer boot was starting to show signs of superficial cracks.

The boot kit was $72.00 from the MB dealer (price was to my indie who gets a small discount) and it took 2.5 hours of labor at $65/hr to replace.

I will do the next one myself. Worth every penny to protect that axle!
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Old 11-04-2009, 05:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I am not ordering th axle from china. This are the axle I have found on the web that say OEM. Those axle that are on the website that are selling for $110 to $150 are made in china. Even thou they say it is OEM on the website, it is manufactures in China. Didn't you guys know that china bought all the steel metals in the world. Mose of the bearing and brakes are made in china. So if you think you bought some parts on the web, and it is said to be OEM, that it is made by German. you better think twice.

This is not my first MB, and mot of the time use orignal parts even my brake pads are original from MB.

I am running out of time that I need to have this car pass inspection. If I have to mess around with the boot at this time, I might not meet the deadline by the state.

I am thinking of rebuilding the original and hopefull to put it back together by spring time.
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Deadline? By the State? Where do you live?

I would move.
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Yeah. Mexico has no deadlines. So does Antarctica
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Wisconsin has no state inspection or deadlines.

Maybe I will stay put.
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