Here is what happened when I attempted this the first time. I borrowed the bushing extraction/insertion tool 11100 MANUAL BUSHING R&R SET (https://www.sptool.com/product/11100-manual-bushing-rr-set/
) from a friend and hoisted the car on the jack stands. I discovered the following:
* The strut (shock absorber) has a coil over spring and is pushing on the control arm (also referred to as "transverse" control arm in the Mercedes service manual). Check image A2113301914-d.
* When the wheel is off the ground (no vertical pressure is on the strut). So, removing the bolt was not that hard (I had to remove the bolt of the sway/stabilizer bar link first as in image A2113301914-e), but the strut mounting bracket (U shape) is giving no room for me to extract the bushing. Check image A2113301914-f.
* I thought that maybe I could help make the control arm tilt downward if I detach the end ball joint (check image A2113301914-g) from the spindle (check image A2113301914-h). However that did not help.
I see two solutions for this without having to take this to a mechanic:
1- Remove the whole lower control arm. This is not in my DIY territory. Check the service pages attached which involves the removal of the swaybar, the hub, the axle, etc. Not fun!
2- Compress the strut coil over spring to raise the strut mounting bracket and leave me some room to extract the bushing.
From what I have searched so far, I found no information on doing this while the control arm is on the car. If you have any information about this please let me know. Also let me know what you think about option #2. What kind of strut compressor tool should I use?
With the expected frustration, I put everytying together and the car is safely back on the ground.
Any help is appreciated.