s430 airmatic strut removal - Mercedes-Benz Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 09-02-2009, 04:02 PM
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Aug 2009
Vehicle: 2000, s430 110,000 klm Canadian car in near mint shape,
Location: South Surrey BC
Posts: 30
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via Skype™ to yoeman
(Thread Starter)
s430 airmatic strut removal

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
yoeman is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 09-02-2009, 04:30 PM
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Aug 2009
Vehicle: 2000, s430 110,000 klm Canadian car in near mint shape,
Location: South Surrey BC
Posts: 30
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via Skype™ to yoeman
(Thread Starter)
strut removal

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
Quote:
Originally Posted by yoeman View Post
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
yoeman is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 09-02-2009, 05:57 PM
BenzWorld Member
 
Date registered: Jan 2008
Vehicle: 2000 Mercedes S500 2002 Yamaha R6 2005 Suzuki SV650S
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posts: 224
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
wow so you took it out without opening ball joint! cool ! Was it hard to take it out ?
Ramunsa is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 09-02-2009, 06:14 PM
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Aug 2009
Vehicle: 2000, s430 110,000 klm Canadian car in near mint shape,
Location: South Surrey BC
Posts: 30
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via Skype™ to yoeman
(Thread Starter)
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:
Originally Posted by Ramunsa View Post
wow so you took it out without opening ball joint! cool ! Was it hard to take it out ?
yoeman is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 09-04-2009, 03:04 PM
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Aug 2009
Vehicle: 2000, s430 110,000 klm Canadian car in near mint shape,
Location: South Surrey BC
Posts: 30
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via Skype™ to yoeman
(Thread Starter)
strut removal

[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]
yoeman is offline  
#6 (permalink) Old 09-04-2009, 07:23 PM
BenzWorld Member
 
Date registered: Jan 2008
Vehicle: 2000 Mercedes S500 2002 Yamaha R6 2005 Suzuki SV650S
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posts: 224
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
so you still had to open ball joint to install new strut
Ramunsa is offline  
#7 (permalink) Old 09-04-2009, 07:37 PM
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Aug 2009
Vehicle: 2000, s430 110,000 klm Canadian car in near mint shape,
Location: South Surrey BC
Posts: 30
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via Skype™ to yoeman
(Thread Starter)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ramunsa View Post
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
yoeman is offline  
#8 (permalink) Old 09-29-2009, 09:20 PM
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Mar 2008
Vehicle: 2000 S430
Location: Augusta, GA
Posts: 26
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
joeburmeister is offline  
#9 (permalink) Old 09-30-2009, 03:21 PM
BenzWorld Member
 
klexgs's Avatar
 
Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: 2000 S430, 2000 S500 Both Brilliant Silver!
Location: Palm Beach,FL
Posts: 173
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wink

Quote:
Originally Posted by joeburmeister View Post
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.


S430 @ 275,000+miles
S500 @ 144,000+miles
Above 130mph
You got a Silver 220 or 215? Join my FaceBook page!
https://m.facebook.com/groups/318943928290331
klexgs is offline  
#10 (permalink) Old 10-13-2009, 07:52 PM
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Oct 2009
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
justinscls/s430 is offline  
Reply

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > Mercedes-Benz Sedan Forums > W220 S-Class

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Topic Author Forum Replies Last Post
Airmatic Strut Rebuild Al W220 S-Class 28 07-23-2012 12:25 AM
03 E55 AMG need help finding airmatic strut Arve55 General Mercedes-Benz 2 10-13-2009 11:40 PM
Airmatic Front Strut Leak leerandallstewart W220 S-Class 11 08-19-2009 03:55 PM
Airmatic / strut problem? ssimard W220 S-Class 1 11-15-2008 10:24 PM
Airmatic / Strut Issues punchpro68 W220 S-Class 1 01-07-2008 11:25 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 

Title goes here

close
video goes here
description goes here. Read Full Story
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome