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You do need to inspect. I would suggest rising the car up on jack stands.
Remove the wheels and under panels and look at everything. There are a lot of rubber parts under there.
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can somebody please rate the difficulty in me replacing these struts myself?
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Most agree it is not that difficult. You will have to determine your own skill or nerve level. It really helps if the car is not your daily driver with no time requirement.

Goes without saying you will need tools.

Search the forums for DIYs. They may help you decide. This is just one of many.

https://www.benzworld.org/forums/r230...-pictures.html

Also keep in mind there are lots of friendly people here that can help answer questions along the way.
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Thank you for the info and the link. From what I read in that link, I'm not only dealing with replacing the struts, I have to deal with some kind of bleeding? That's the part that sounds like it will be more tricky than replacing the struts.
I'm not a mechanic, so I don't understand what terms like RODEO mean.



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Most agree it is not that difficult. You will have to determine your own skill or nerve level. It really helps if the car is not your daily driver with no time requirement.

Goes without saying you will need tools.

Search the forums for DIYs. They may help you decide. This is just one of many.

https://www.benzworld.org/forums/r230...-pictures.html

Also keep in mind there are lots of friendly people here that can help answer questions along the way.
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If you can bleed your brakes you could change a front shock dust boot. Rear is another notch higher in difficulty due to suspension part removal required.
Based on your last response, I'd say you need help. We can help if you want to dig in, or find an independent shop.
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if this is a simple job for any decent mechanic, then I'm fine letting them do it.
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so will waiting for the struts to start to fail or give error codes do any further damage to the suspension? I hate to spend the money to replace the struts when I can possibly drive another Year with them the way they are.
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anybody know a good mechanic in Jacksonville Fl?
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Check the recommended shops sub-forum. It is organized geographically.

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so twice now this month I've gone to start the car in the morning and got the "stop too low" message. I hit the height adjustment button, cycle through the 2 levels and then it's fine. I checked the fluid and it's 3/4 filled, I see no signs of leaks anywhere. Could this all be related to these torn boots? or am I dealing with a pump issue now too.
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