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Yeah man much appreciated and the journey continues,gotta really love these W140s,great cars but can be very frustrating at the same time,but one would figure if you take your car to a Mercedes Benz shop they would get it right,I mean shit were talking about installing SPRINGS to the correct height,smmfh....
 

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They don't know. Even the foreman at mine who was working on my w202 when it was a CPO under-warranty car shook his head when I brought this one in for alignment saying he hates these things. I'm sure he was referring to the biodegradeable-era cars but still, even if these are still remembered by 1 or 2 guys at the dealer, they're buried in newer computers and techniques beyond this and don't have the day-to-day expertise on 140s anymore. Even my independent and other backup-independents I use, they work on plenty of 124s and 210s and 163s but I've had to do major research and give them game plans and a lot of it is still trial and error. You've got the rarest and most complicated version of one of the most complex chassis MB ever built...I'm not sure how many 140 specialists actually exist, and chances are there are none at any of your local MB shops
 

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New springs usually need time to settle after the initial install and will usually lowering ride height to some degree.

+1 on the pads.There are 4 different thicknesses of pads, they have a little nub on the circumfrence which designates this, 1 nub being the thinnest @ 8mm and 4 being the thickest @ 23mm iirc
 

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They don't know. Even the foreman at mine who was working on my w202 when it was a CPO under-warranty car shook his head when I brought this one in for alignment saying he hates these things. I'm sure he was referring to the biodegradeable-era cars but still, even if these are still remembered by 1 or 2 guys at the dealer, they're buried in newer computers and techniques beyond this and don't have the day-to-day expertise on 140s anymore. Even my independent and other backup-independents I use, they work on plenty of 124s and 210s and 163s but I've had to do major research and give them game plans and a lot of it is still trial and error. You've got the rarest and most complicated version of one of the most complex chassis MB ever built...I'm not sure how many 140 specialists actually exist, and chances are there are none at any of your local MB shops
Yeah man there's probably a lot of truth to that,but there gonna get it right,I'll call him Monday he says he needs a special tool to get the right height, it'll all work out, eventually...
 

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That's what exactly happened on my S320 as well, The rear was sagging and I thought replacing the springs will raise it but it was still the same after new springs installed, I used the old spring pads though.
 

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How were your new springs corrected to the right height????
There is no adjustment to the springs and the rear still sits low. I doubt if I replace the shocks will raise it. For sure a thicker spring pad will correct the height.
 

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Shocks won't raise it,I replaced the shocks and the rear springs, I'll get it to the right height eventually,you would've figured the mechanics would've saw how low it was sitting and corrected the problem,high end mechanics,lower end mechanics,they just all mess up sometimes,smh....
 
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