Date registered: May 2016
Vehicle: 2000 S430, 2003 S430, 2003 S600 TT, and 2005 E320 CDI
Mentioned: 169 Post(s)
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I just did both front hub assemblies last month on the '03 S430. The job is *not* that hard! Re-using used parts is a mistake here; better to use a brand-new axle, with a brand-new hub assembly, and do it right. Seriously, you can do this one yourself; I'm living proof of that. You've got the 4Matic, so you're dealing with an axle as well. But I just replaced both front axles on another brand of car (front wheel drive), and it wasn't too hard, either. Agree with Dave; if there's a part that even *looks* wrong, replace it with new.
Dave's right about the tire, too. Not the brand or model--that's a General AltiMAX RT43, a very good tire--but rather its current condition. However, that may have happened as a result of the wheel coming off.
Seriously, man, reports like yours are a good part of why I now do all my own work. And don't let that asshat come near your car again.
2000 S430 (Dad's car, used for special occasions)
2000 S500 (wife's DD: my first W220 project car)
2003 S600 ("sex on wheels"--second w220 project car)
2003 S430 (one of two current DD's--third W220 project car)
2005 E320 CDI (the other current DD--first W211 project car)
Last edited by cowboyt; 04-04-2019 at 09:19 AM.