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Date registered: Oct 2015
Vehicle: 1994 MB e320
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Snap went my e320 coil spring (two questions about that)
A couple of days ago I was working outside when I heard a loud snap coming from my parked '94 e320.
Just when this happened a large truck was going by on the highway and I assumed that something had been thrown into the car from the passing truck. I walked all around the car and found nothing (I was expecting a broken window.) The snap was so loud that my family inside the house heard it - I couldn't imagine what had caused it.
The next time my wife drove the car she said that it was making a strange noise. The noise turned out to be the drivers side front coil spring which had broken about two turns up, The metal at the break was completely crystallized and there was a rust spot (the only one on the whole spring) right where the break occurred.
After doing some research on the net I've discovered that this isn't that unusual of a problem.
I have two questions that I wonder if someone might answer (The first is much more important than the second.):
1.) Does the 1994 e320 take a the special coil spring compressor that all information that I've found seems to indicate? I can't seem to find any information about my year -1994. All information seems to be for the newer e320's with the oval headlights. Mine seem to be normal coil springs and I don't see why regular clamp-on spring compressors wouldn't work. I certainly don't want to do anything unsafe when I replace the springs however. I've watched several videos and almost all seem to have at least one instance of unsafe work practices.
2) My second question is how such a small amount of rust can cause the spring to break. It obviously was the cause since I've read of so many other cases and it broke right where the rust was.
Thanks in advance for any replies. Have a good day.