Date registered: Oct 2004
Vehicle: 2005 S500 4-Matic, 1978 450SL "Christine"
Location: Tampa, Florida
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The dealer should have adjusted the ride height sensors as part of the repair work. That could account for the difference in what you see - though I did not see it noted on your service order. It is a standard part of the service, so perhaps the dealer did not think separate annotation was necessary.
I sent the following to another contributor in private mail just this past week; since we both have 4-Matics, I'll provide it here as well. It answers specific questions he asked, but some may be useful to you:
"After resting overnight in a chilly (50 degrees or so) garage, my car measured 14-3/4 inches from the center of the MB star in the wheel, to the rear wheel arch; and 15-1/4 inches in front. After I started it and let it reach full height, it measured 15 inches in the rear, 15-1/2 inches in front, an equal rise of 1/4". I believe the difference is attributed to differences in the the arches, but it is difficult to measure them against anything. Measuring them from the ground could still be affected by the ride height sensors.
"Watching my hood ornament 'Star' against a mark on the wall, I noted that after I started, the front rose first, then the rear caught up. The ornament, judged by the mark on the wall, seemed to rise about 1/2 inch, then lower again until it was about 1/4 inch or so above the starting point. In fact, that was simply the car leveling itself front to rear.
"Some rising is normal. So is a discharge of air after you shut off, and exit the car.
"If you are concerned about ride height, be aware that it can be checked and set by your dealer, with STAR diagnosis."
2005 S500 4-Matic
with Gateway 500 iPod integration
1978 450SL restoration project
Formerly: 2000 S500
Last edited by Skylaw; 11-28-2008 at 09:45 AM.