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Your car must be a 4matic then? Standard 2WD lower control arms only have one attachment point to the frame!

I might end up needing to change my LCA bushings on the front end here too, the rubber is showing stress fractures just like yours, but they're not creating noise yet. My thrust arm bushings are a bit worse, I'm going to be changing those next weekend!

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Ps2cho, would you rent out your Steelman tool to a fellow member? I have been chasing a rattle in my W211 front for almost 2 years, changed everything twice and no luck.
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Ps2cho, would you rent out your Steelman tool to a fellow member? I have been chasing a rattle in my W211 front for almost 2 years, changed everything twice and no luck.
Probably for members that have been on the forums for a while (ie not lending to new or recent members I've never heard of)...

...however due to the fact this tool can be easily damaged between receivers falling off, wires touching ground etc (already did this myself and had to buy spare set of wires), I'd need the full cost of the unit ($220 on amazon right now) held in deposit...

...plus maybe $30 to rent (my sanity payment for packaging, worrying if it will get back to me, juggling paypal deposits lol, although I'd give plenty of time for use, ie 2-3 weeks.) + $15 shipping since it won't fit in any flat rate boxes,
So would be kind of an expensive route > ie: $40 + 30 shipping to&from cost to rent for you assuming returned like it was sent. Food for though though.

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I've been a member for 11 years but you are right, it doesn't make sense. It is just that I do not want to throw more money at it.
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Update -- Not a single noise all week!

Next up is to get the car aligned. I plan to use a local shop and have the car aligned without use of any alignment bolts as I want to see how everything looks without manipulation after I changed the steering knuckle, lower arms etc.

I'm expecting both Camber and Caster to be good, but will be interesting to see. I will likely replace my rear shocks next year along with some fresh tires, and at that point I'll take it for the dealer alignment to get it 100% fresh.

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Are you using all Genuine MB parts or OEM?
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Are you using all Genuine MB parts or OEM?
All MB parts used! 4matic has a number of stuff that has no OEM anyway such as Lemfoerder etc...

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Well you can't say I didn't nail it!! Prior to going to the local shop /w a hunter alignment machine, I fully filled up the gas tank and pressurized all tires to spec.
Dead perfect up front! I think that probably wraps up this saga now

Prior alignment (last time aligned in 2016) when I realized something was off:


Alignment this morning:


Can't really know for sure if the rear camber change if related to gas tank fill (no idea if it was full or not in 2016) and how it was loaded, or if a sign of minor wear, but not concerned since no odd tire wear patterns.

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Your car must be a 4matic then? Standard 2WD lower control arms only have one attachment point to the frame!

I might end up needing to change my LCA bushings on the front end here too, the rubber is showing stress fractures just like yours, but they're not creating noise yet. My thrust arm bushings are a bit worse, I'm going to be changing those next weekend!
Do I misunderstand you? I have 2 control arms per side, a leading and trailing conrol arms. Both attach to the subframe and the other ends attach to the steering knuckle via ball joints. This is on 2w rear drive.
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Well, wanted to update that after a month, the knock came back after the alignment. Didn't update because I got busy doing other stuff on the new Audi Allroad! Now that the Audi is squared away with a few goodies, I'm looping back on this.

Unfortunately the inside edge of the passenger front tire is down to the threads now because its worn it down. Need all new tires now (they are all 4/32" anyway, so its about time regardless)
...sucks, however, on the plus side, this tells me it MUST be something that is changing the alignment on that side, its not something odd like engine mounts etc.

Since the lower bushings were broken due to me never torquing the bolts with the car on the ground, I'm suspect that the upper arm (which I already placed a few years back) could be torn as well.
My plan is tomorrow to get that upper arm completely removed and take a really good look at it.

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