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Change shocks or accumulator on a 560 SEL

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I'm a long time Mercedes lover, but only a recent owner of my "weekend drive" : 1987 560 SEL. It has 213,000 miles but it drives very good. The only problem I am having is when I drive, the rear of the car bounces too much, messing up the ride. I have looked into it, to replace the shocks (which are self leveling suspension) but I dont know if I should replace the accumulators first, since they're less expensive. An interesting "symptom" is that my rear sits much lower than the front of the car.
From anyone's experience, are the shocks gone, or the accumulators need to be changed? I searched the site, but not much help on this topic. CAn anyone give me advice, link, and/or supplier for these parts? So far I have my eyes on Bilstein.
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I have a leak in the left shock/accumulator that I need to fix. I haven't had time to look at it too cosely yet, but I'm thinking it's probably a hose. The leak just started, but before that I had a bouncy ride. Any ideas?

I found some information on this site about replacing the accumulators, and it didn't seem too difficult, so I was going to give it a try. After reading these posts, I found out that I should also test the pump to make sure it is working before I replace the accumulators. I was wondering where the pump is and how to test it.

Thanks alot for the information. I just recently bought this car; before it I was driving a 1980 300TD. I just replaced the monovalve on the 560 and, with the information that I found on this site, it was much easier than I exected. You guys make this sound not much harder than the monovalve, so I'm looking forward to doing it. The 300TD also needs the accumulators replaced. As long as I'm succesful with the 560, I'll do the 300's next.

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