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My right rear bearing needs to be replaced and I've been searching the threads for a DIY guide but haven't been able to find one. I did find one for the ML320 which I could use as a guide, but would love to know if anyone has one specific to the w208 they'd be willing to share. Also, any suggestions for things to check/preventative maintenance to do at the same time so I don't have to pull everything off again?

thanks so much!
 

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quick add - I went to a local service shop to get a quote and they're saying $600....150 for the part and 4-6 hours labor, which seems a bit high considering it took me 30 minutes to replace the rotor and pads on that wheel. Is the job really that complicated?

thanks again
 

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I did read through the procedures in the WIS and, believe me, it is not a job for a tree shade mechanic...:)

There are 9 special tools required (various extraction & insertion tools, special pliers. etc) plus run-out checks with defined values. Altogether a task best done in a workshop by folks with the right documentation. :thumbsup:
 

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I dropped it off for repair this morning and just called to see if I could pick it up on my way home, and "it's taking a bit longer than we thought - we had to take out the emergency parking brake and are cleaning it up to see if we can reuse it or need to replace."
Anybody have any thoughts on whether they muscled something out that they shouldn't have - the e-brake was working perfectly when I dropped it off.
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Mmm... it sounds a bit fishy to me.

I read that the brake rotor and the parking brake have to be removed to get to the bearing. And I am also aware that the rotor sometimes takes some hammering to remove. So it is possible that they have damaged something...

The parking (emergency) brake shoes do not normally wear out, as they are only used to grab while the car is stationary. It could get corroded over the years, as it is not routinely inspected.

I would take a look at the work in progress, to see what they have been getting up to... :thumbsup:
 

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Fabulous idea...if only the boss thought so. Supposed to be ready this afternoon and I'll see if they honor their original labor estimate.
 
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