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So it looks like my centre drive shaft support bearing failed. Looking at the pics it looks like it should be a straight swap. Has anyone change this, are there any tricks or special procedures to follow?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Cheap part, easy to replace. My independant identified the problem and the resulting bill was small. It eliminated some driveline noise.
 

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Mercedes sells a repair kit, which includes the bearing, U-joint, nut and washer (part #163 410 0010). You can do this one of two ways, first by removing the drive shaft yourself and bringing it along with the repair kit to a machine shop where they can press the U-joint out and bearing off and they install the new parts. Then you would simply install the drive shaft back in place. The second option is get the repair kit and have an independent mechanic install it. Here are the instructions.
 

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Wow 43sqd,

Thanks a million. That's exactly what I was looking for.
 

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or get a 3 prong puller and pull the center bearing and support out yourself.
 

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Yes, either that or a pitman arm puller, which is what I used. BTW, you might need a plumber's torch to heat up the two mounting screws for the support bracket while you remove them from the frame . They are really a bit$%.
 

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2002 ml 320 - center support bearing

Broke at 82,000 miles. Mechanic had a tough time getting the bolts out. Used torch. Approximate total cost - $ 375.
 

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I know this is a old thread.. But do we know who the OEM manufacturer was .. Everywhere i check I either find URO or Hamburg Technic (later being a chinese knockoff).

Dealers here in town are out to lunch on part prices, thus trying to figure out what the OEM one is.
 

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i just changed mine. bought the bearing from rockauto dot com and it was around 80 bucks delivered 2nd day air. took all of 30 minutes to change it. just pulled the short shaft assembly that had the bearing attached, pressed it off and pressed on new one.
 

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They sell the URO. I don't think they were the OEM maker. We put a URO on and it went
a whopping 40,000 miles. The customer was ticked. He got 110k miles out of the factory part.
He supplied the URO part so he cooled down and had us get a genuine MB kit.

The dealer part 1634100010 is a kit and lists for $220 and can be had for $151 online.
They seem to last a lot longer than the aftermarket ones.
See item 56 in the diagram. Those extra little parts are considered wear and
tear items and should be changed also.
 

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I wonder if Meyle is the original manufacturer.. Found them as well..
Do tell where you found the OEM one for $150.. All i saw was OEM for $199+ .. Only URO, etc was cheap.
 

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parts.com has the kit for $151 plus shipping. It would probably be about $162 at your doorstep.
 

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peach parts

Phil @ peach parts has them at a good price. Did mine last week and thank god the bolts to the chassis weren't rust on (they came right off). took it to an indie and had him use a pulley to take off for cheap money came home and replaced with no issue. don't for get loctite for transfer case mounting.
 

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Search old threads for driveshaft support.
OEM mfg. is Spicer, part number 211881X.
Be aware, Febi-Bilstein on e-bay for around $80 is made in China!!!
I got my oem from All european Auto supply (248)399-9211 for around $100 ( I got lucky)
I did it 3 times already, last time two months ago for one of the local members here while replacing his transfer case. One bolt rusted half way through, broked off and took extra hour to drill it out and retap it. I have sent him to my body John at our local warehouse, The Brinson Co. (800-772-7278) he is selling them for $180 and they are $257 at any MB dealer.
I will repeat myself from the last thread, the main thing is to mark the exact position of the old unit before you remove it, otherwise you will feel vibration while driving, if it is not centered right.
Bernard
 

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Phil @ peach parts has them at a good price. Did mine last week and thank god the bolts to the chassis weren't rust on (they came right off). took it to an indie and had him use a pulley to take off for cheap money came home and replaced with no issue. don't for get loctite for transfer case mounting.
If it was $80 then you got the Hamburg Technic part. Keep an eye on it.
They can fail in as little as 10,000 miles. Very poor QC. Low quality bearings
used in the Chinese or Indian plants. Even the rubber starts to separate.
 

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Noodles,
I believe even the good one will not last much, if it is not installed correctly in centerline of the driveshaft. There is about 1/2" play side to side when those two screws are loose. After receiving and installation of that China made Bilstein on my own truck, I start search for oem since I had it removed, till I have found oem made by Spicer. Now I have complete driveshaft with that Bilstein bearing on it as a spare under my bench.
Bernard
 
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