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I knew this day would come - the day I need all of your help.

Both forward and reverse has an intermittent (as in not constant but frequent enough to know there is a problem after moving 5 feet).

Car: 2004 E500 4Matic Sedan
Mileage: 156K
Note: Amazing car - albeit expensive (what isn’t?) but it has never left me stranded and is an absolute tank

Without leading the witness as to what I have tried replacing etc.. I will give you the scenario. First, so I can feel better about the money and inordinate amount of time that just went bye bye (at least in terms of trying to address the issue). Secondly, before dropping more dough and sweat, I want to hear what you think it could be.

Scenario: Drove 3 hours to airport - no issue. Return 3 days later from my business trip to a wet parking garage and pull out of my spot and hear a slight clunk. Something not quite right but I chalked it up to wet concrete bc I had a 3 hour drive ahead of me (nice logic, huh?). Anyways, I successfully make the drive without issue. Next morning, I wake up and go to back the car out and the clunk is notable enough that I wouldn’t drive the car. This exact issue persists today but I don’t know what is causing it. I have a few suspicions but want to hear from you. I’ll provide further input as you need it.

Let’s keep this bad boy on the road for another hundo. At this rate, no road, no miles and a city bus
 

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Hello-Have you had time to have the suspension parts on the frame checked? A good front end specialist could check the tie rods ball joints etc for bad bushings. Also, your transmission could need a check up on a diagnostic machine or a good test drive by a mercedes pro-but, not the dealer-they will gouge you for other things, not the immediate problem, but they do give free inspections, which wouldn't be a bad idea, and I sure hope you find out what it is, sounds do get worse sometimes and are bothersome indeed and can be a real pain,also check on Youtube for mechanic how to videos they can help you with information if you are a do it yourself type of person-modine 69
 

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Recent development. Rear drivers side wheel fell off (yeap).....couldn’t make this up. Fortunately, I was on an exit ramp. I was thinking bearing but the hub moves freely and with no sound after taking caliper off. Going to replace anyways. And likely other parts while it’s apart. This part of the story I cannot explain but something had to have seized. Ebrake wouldn’t cause this. MAYBE caliper? Thinking entirely different problem from the clicking at slow speed while turning.

None of this makes sense. I was convinced it was the front axles but that didn’t help. Perhaps flex disc and/or center bearing?
 
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