Date registered: Sep 2017
Vehicle: 2008 CLK-350 Convertible
Location: East Coast Florida
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Make it run before you assume there has been a catastrophic (pronounced "expensive") failure in the suspension.
I had a 280SE 4.5 which had the same problem. In the AM, it was on the rocker panels. Run the engine for a while and it would come back up. Park it, half an hour later, it was on the ground again.
All the "experts" promptly started with "Oh, you need a new compressor!" (which at the time was a paltry $2,300, plus labor). After futzing (technical term) with the car for a sufficient amount of time, the problem was eventually isolated: A pinhole leak in one of the tubes from the front of the car to the rear suspension. The line was steel and it rusted . . . cost of parts to repair it was about three bucks. Problem solved (that one, anyway).
The car had three height controllers - one for each front wheel and one for the rear axle (connected to a link to one of the swing-arms). There were rods which could be adjusted for length to set the "road height".
The height controllers were also a bargain, only $600 each. I found a guy who made the tools to rebuild them (!), turns out all that goes bad is a couple of little O rings. MB of course says change the entire controller, all three of them, every 60K miles, not that they have any available.
The "trick" tool was a thin steel tube with two tangs on it. I seem to remember that he made it out of a length of steel fuel line or brake line. It slid down over the central shaft and unscrewed a small, notched collar. Once the collar was off, everything came out and you could change the O rings. Shazam.
And yes, Dikdann is right, if the fluid is gone, the pump likely is fried . . .
Vermont loophole - Google is your friend. Vermont DMV sent me a registration (no titles on bikes under 300ccs OR on much of anything over 25 years old) and a license plate for a total of $53.00. Florida DMV said OK, give us $90 and we'll turn this into a Florida title for you. I did so promptly, hopefully the promised title will arrive in a week or so. I did need a VIN check for Florida, no problem, I called the local Sheriff's office and asked if they had a bored deputy who'd like to come out and look at a serial number. 20 minutes later, he was done.
Vermont DMV paperwork is very "light". No notary needed, bill of sale can (probably) be signed by "Mongo", write neatly because what comes back is what you filled out with an official stamp. No DNA test, no note from your mother, nothing . . . I presume (I hope) they at least ran the numbers through NCIC. I know Florida did.
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