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1995 E320 ball joint LCA options

Thanks for the inputs. I think I'll just buy a coil spring compressor from eBay just like the previous photo. I'll probably only use it a handful of times. I wish there was a place to just rent it here on the islands.

The LCA replacement job doesn't look that hard. I just need to:

- loosen the LCA bolts,
- unbolt the antiroll bar,
- unbolt the outer tie rod,
- compress and zip tie the spring to hang from the top perch while the LCA is supported by a jack,
- unbolt the balljoint,
- lower LCA and remove the LCA bolts.

Installation is reverse plus the LCA bolts are torqued with the LCA loaded or supported by a jack.

I don't think that I even have to remove brakes and speed sensors. I mean the entire strut will be hanging from the upper strut mount.



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Thanks for the inputs. I think I'll just buy a coil spring compressor from eBay just like the previous photo. I'll probably only use it a handful of times. I wish there was a place to just rent it here on the islands.

The LCA replacement job doesn't look that hard. I just need to:

- loosen the LCA bolts,
- unbolt the antiroll bar,
- unbolt the outer tie rod,
- compress and zip tie the spring to hang from the top perch while the LCA is supported by a jack,
- unbolt the balljoint,
- lower LCA and remove the LCA bolts.

Installation is reverse plus the LCA bolts are torqued with the LCA loaded or supported by a jack.

I don't think that I even have to remove brakes and speed sensors. I mean the entire strut will be hanging from the upper strut mount.



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If you are going to the trouble of compressing the spring I would remove it and replace the spring pads as well. They are very cheap but come in different thickness so you will need to determine which one you have. Likely the dealer is your best bet for that.

You also don't want to leave the spring compressed for any longer than is needed to just remove and install.
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To break the hub away from the LCA, takes a bit of work. Make the job simpler buy dropping the spring, caliper (use your zip tie) and rotor.
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To break the hub away from the LCA, takes a bit of work. Make the job simpler buy dropping the spring, caliper (use your zip tie) and rotor.


That's right. Last time I rebooted the balljoints i let the spring pressure separate the balljoint pin from the strut with a jack supporting the LCA. Will have to do this again.

Yes, I should replace the spring pads too. They must still be the original.


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Ball Joint/Lower Control Arm Question

So I bought a 95 E320 Wagon in December 2016, $350.00 with 327,xxx miles.

Cold AC.
I put Fresh paint on it a week ago, Jade Green metallic: paint code 300.
Serviced the tranny, still slight flare between 2-3 & 3-4 gears (was worst before)

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Before I decided to purchase the car I've seen a few parked along the highway with one front wheel straight forward and the other at a 90 degree angle...

So I figure I'd be proactive and order me some ball joints. The Parts House sold me a pair that can be installed into the LCA.

Well it seems like the previous owner replaced the lower control arms with ones from a 93 300E because my 95 E320 LCA looks weird...Why am I being punished?

Can some one confirm this for me.

The arms that are installed on the care right now has an angle where the ball joints are, and the two ears are not there to receive a tool.

I don't have pics tonight but would produce some in the morning.

BTW my 95 Wagon LCA looks just like those on the OP pics.

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Trazique, post some pics. As far as I know the 94 -95 E320's came with balljoints integrated to the lower control arm. You cannot press out the balljoint from the LCA. You need to buy the entire LCA that comes with the balljoint already installed.


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Correct, Facelift cars used welded BJ, not pressed.
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Yes, so it turns out that the OEM LCA balls on the 94-95 are irreparably.

When they become worn we can either replace with OEMs or with LCA tgat has interchangeable ball joints.
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Yes, so it turns out that the OEM LCA balls on the 94-95 are irreparably.

When they become worn we can either replace with OEMs or with LCA tgat has interchangeable ball joints.


The newer E320's balljoints are smaller than the pre-facelift models to provide clearance for the larger brake rotors, calipers, and protective plate. If you replace the balljoint with the previous models' LCA and removable balljoint, you'd have to change and downgrade these brake parts and probably struts too.



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http://www.mbclub.co.uk/forums/wheel...one-issue.html


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Noted.

Yea mine is definitely the Late LCA, I tried uploading pics, the thing just took too long.

Coming to think of it, I'm not sure I need ball joints. I definitely need tie rods for sure.
I called myself testing for defective ball joints; lifted the wheel off the ground at about 2'' by placing a jack under the LCA.

I then wedged a crow bar under the tire, and lifted the wheel while feeling for free play: None.
I performed that same test on my CLK which did reveal defective ball joints.

However rocking the wheel at the 9 and 3 o'clock position did reveal a very worn tie rod.

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