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Hell I have a 1999 SL600 that is missing a part that I believe is required to lift the front end.

I found this in EPC listed under 090 FRONT TORSION BAR & HEIGHT CONTROL VALVE USED WITH SELF-LEVELLING DEVICE. But there is no reference to the valve in top left of the picture.

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I found this in EPC listed under 203 REGULATION OF DYNAMIC HEADLAMP RANGE CONTROL, FRONT

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Reference 40 is PN A010 542 75 17 referred to as a turning angle sensor. I cant figure out what this has to do with turning angle but it is also listed under headlamp range. In any case this piece is missing from the right front of my car and the car is now propped up with a 2x4 and 2 spring breakers on each side.

So my question is are these the same part and responsible for lifting the front end of the car. And if so, since this car will be parted out I would prefer to bypass it some way possibly by putting in some circuit that would lift the car to a nominal value while I test the system out.




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Same part. Ride height sensor. Also controls self leveling headlights. You need that plus the linkage (#85 in first diagram and #25 from the second one both the same part) for the front end to lift. But then who knows, maybe you’ll have other issues preventing any movement at all
 

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Thanks, I want to make sure before get one. I will probably have to pick up a used one just to test the rest of the system. A couple are available on E-bay with the linkage.
 

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The ball sockets in those rods are unfortunately the biodegradable garbage material.
When my 600 nose dived one day after loosing one of these sockets, I made my own rod. Using a couple of small heim joints, that I threaded into an appropriately sized pipe. I did have to remove the balls from both the potentiometer and the lever on the sway bar, and replace them with a couple of 6mm bolts. I still have the ability to change the ride height by shortening or lengthening the rod length, however you can also change ride height through the HHT.
 
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