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2001 CLK 430...

The front left wheel is slightly loose - has a tiny bit of play when up on a lift.

I thought I needed an alignment until it was on the lift and I found the wheel had some play in it.

Is this a simple bearing swap out, or is it the hub, or knuckle?

I'm pretty much planning on doing it myselft, unless I hear that it's too much of a hassle for a back yard mechanic.

Any thoughts / advice on this?

BTW, I'm running stock 17" AMG chromies with RENNTech suspension.

Before I had the wheels pulled & tires replaced, I had absolutely NO shaking, though the car did pull to the left quite a bit.
I had uneven wear on the front wheels, particularly the left one, with the outside heavily worn.

I took the car back and had the wheels rebalanced, and still moderate steering wheel shaking between 40 - 70 mph.

Thanks for any feedback on this!
 

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You should check tie rods along with wheel bearing. there are two tests to check these
1. Hold the wheel from sides i.e your hands are on the right and left of the wheel. Try moving in horizontally right and left and check play. If there is some play that means the tie rod needs a replacement.
2. Now hold the wheel from top and bottom , move it vertically up and down. If there play, bearings need replacement.

Bearings are available for $27 at autohaus.com and for tierod assembly( note its a one big peice together for right and left) called centerlink or draglink , you can get it of ebay from anything between $100-150. Dealers cost is $250 just for part.

As for replacing it yourself. Bearing is an easy job if you have done something like that earlier. Tie rod assembly requires lifting of the car as it runs from left to right wheel.
 

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I'm glad you posed the question. I have a 2001 CLK too and I have what seems like excessive play in both front wheels, expecially the wheel on the passenger side. I don't have any symtoms of pulling or vibration, but when I had mine on a lift last month, the wheel movement both left and right was more than I had expected. I'm not familar with the tie rod assemble on the clk and didn't know it the variances or what is considered normal.
 

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I would check the studs on the rims, i recently had my 99 clk 430 inspected, and the dealer did'nt want to pass it, so it failed because of the dam stud(1) so have 'em tap and maybe it'll cure the problem!!!
 

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Good_Boy said:
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1. Hold the wheel from sides i.e your hands are on the right and left of the wheel. Try moving in horizontally right and left and check play. If there is some play that means the tie rod needs a replacement.
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As for replacing it yourself. Bearing is an easy job if you have done something like that earlier. Tie rod assembly requires lifting of the car as it runs from left to right wheel.
Thanks everyone for the input.

It looks like this is a tie rod for me, as my play is horizontal.
I had read somewhere before on this forum about tie rods & I forgot about them.

Does anyone know of a how-to on tie rod replacement for W208's, or is this a job better left to a qualified mechanic? Mercedes specific tools needed perhaps?

(I've done extensive work on my previous beast, which was a 600+hp TT Dodge Stealth - such as turbo replacement, custom ported heads intall, hell entire engine pull, but... these Mercs seem to be a completely different beast in every way)
 

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I have the same problem you described and was curious if you replaced your drag link assembly yet? It doesn't look like a difficult job for a DIYer. I've seen the part advertised from $150-$200.

I've done tie rods and steering shocks on the other MBs but not the CLK

Thanks
 

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I'm assuming that an alignment needs to be done afterwards?

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rsmcmahon said:
I have the same problem you described and was curious if you replaced your drag link assembly yet? It doesn't look like a difficult job for a DIYer. I've seen the part advertised from $150-$200.

I've done tie rods and steering shocks on the other MBs but not the CLK

Thanks
 

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rsmcmahon said:
I have the same problem you described and was curious if you replaced your drag link assembly yet? It doesn't look like a difficult job for a DIYer. I've seen the part advertised from $150-$200.

I've done tie rods and steering shocks on the other MBs but not the CLK

Thanks
Late reply, sorry.
I haven't gotten to it yet, I'm in the middle of setting up a New Jersey to Tucson Arizona move (again) and I just hijacked my wifes ML500 for now ;)

Once I'm out in AZ I'll put it up in my garage and get it done - I'll try to remember to take pics & do a write up on it so it can be of benefit to others.
 
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