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Old 09-02-2009, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys Can you tell me how to remove the air hose from the strut as I am hoping to install my new arnott, do you have to remove the plug that is in the wheel well The video does not show how this is done.
My strut has 0n air hose going into the side and then it runs upto a connection of 3 hose with 2 that go to the brakes
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I found that you remove the hose fronm the fender buy pushing down on the top of the clip My strut came out in 10 min with out removing breaking the ball joint It may be another story with the new one
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Hi Guys Can you tell me how to remove the air hose from the strut as I am hoping to install my new arnott, do you have to remove the plug that is in the wheel well The video does not show how this is done.
My strut has 0n air hose going into the side and then it runs upto a connection of 3 hose with 2 that go to the brakes
thanks
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Old 09-02-2009, 04:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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wow so you took it out without opening ball joint! cool ! Was it hard to take it out ?
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Old 09-02-2009, 05:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It came out with tons of room so Im GUESSING ITS BECAUSE THE STRUT IS FLAT and I was able to shorten it.
I will post after the new strut is in.
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Old 09-04-2009, 02:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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[The new strut was a easy install but I damaged the boot on the ball joint spliting it to give me room to fit the new strut in I needed a power bar to pull the lower wheel asy down far enogh to install the arnott strut Car has no codes and drives great Benz was charging $3600 for both and I did the left side for less then $500 thanks Arnott suspension
QUOTE=yoeman;3684150]It came out with tons of room so Im GUESSING ITS BECAUSE THE STRUT IS FLAT and I was able to shorten it.
I will post after the new strut is in.[/QUOTE]
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so you still had to open ball joint to install new strut
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so you still had to open ball joint to install new strut
Yep but it was an easy job Just glad that the new strut was only $399 not $1850 in Canada form benz
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Old 09-29-2009, 08:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It would have been awesome if you posted pics of the installation process, along with a brief write up to go with the pics. Morons like me who drive a 2000 S430 and know nothing about replacing a strut would have found your write up very useful!!

Did you replace just the one strut or a pair (front or back?). What were the symptons you were having that made you conclude your strut need replacing?

An independent shop told me I need to replace my struts but I instead opted to replace the airmatic compressor and relay only (DIY) and haven't had the "visit workshop" message since. However, I have almost 100K miles on my car, and I am wondering if it is time to consider replacing my struts.
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Old 09-30-2009, 02:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It would have been awesome if you posted pics of the installation process, along with a brief write up to go with the pics. Morons like me who drive a 2000 S430 and know nothing about replacing a strut would have found your write up very useful!!

Did you replace just the one strut or a pair (front or back?). What were the symptons you were having that made you conclude your strut need replacing?

An independent shop told me I need to replace my struts but I instead opted to replace the airmatic compressor and relay only (DIY) and haven't had the "visit workshop" message since. However, I have almost 100K miles on my car, and I am wondering if it is time to consider replacing my struts.
Jack up the front of the car, put it on jack stands.
You'll need a 2 ton jack(has a three foot handle and four wheels) which you can find at any auto parts store.
place jack under lower control arm, assuming you have already taken off the wheel.
jack up strut to compress it.
under the fenderwell there is a wire that comes from the side of the strut to the side of the fenderwell, take a flathead screwdriver and pull up that pin to release the strut connection to the ecu. then grab and pull it out of the fender carefully.
get a 5" allen key to pull the two allen nuts at the bottom of the strut.
once they have been screwed out.

GET AN 8MM WRENCH AND SLOWLY! I MEAN SLOWLY! TURN THE NUT ON TOP OF THE STRUT TO RELEASE THE COMPRESSED AIR IN THE STRUT!

go to the top of the car underhood and pull the three nuts. I forgot what size socket you'll need but take those off.
slowly release the jack to drop the strut out.
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Much appreciated!! I just purchased the rebuilt airmatics from Arnott. What a great price with a lifetime warranty. What do you think MB engineers are thinking by not addressing this issue? This is obviously a problem. My '03 S has only 52k miles with a sagging front end. I thought about replacing with coil overs from Strutmasters. Does anyone know who has converted and what the ride is like. I run 20" rims but wonder how they'd perform with the struts instead of airmatic. Also, if your compressor dies, Arnott has rebuilt ones with a 12 month warranty for around $300.
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