Sway bar W210

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Sway bar W210

Post by Ivanerrol » Fri 01 Sep, 2017 10:22 pm

Clunks and rattles from the front suspension finally were getting on the nerves.
Had a look underneath checked the sway bar links - not so good
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to get it off you need a Torx 30
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Then checked the sway bar bushings
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Removed the sway bar and removed a bushing.
Surely it should be round ?
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Re: Sway bar W210

Post by Tony From West Oz » Fri 01 Sep, 2017 11:40 pm

Just rotate it by 90° and reinstall it. Problem solved :dance:
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Re: Sway bar W210

Post by markb » Sat 02 Sep, 2017 4:34 pm

Wish it was as easy to replace on a 123...my bushes have been 'groaning' for too long and whilst I have new ones, it's a job that has yet to reach the top of the list.....bring on the AFL Grand final public holiday... :boohoo:
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Re: Sway bar W210

Post by Ivanerrol » Sat 02 Sep, 2017 11:17 pm

Checked out prices for those bushings on the great auction site as well as the U.S.

Australian sourced suppliers offering PRC units .....$50 + postage for two.

Went down to the local stealership. And the price for Mercedes stamped originals is........`........................$24.95 each.
The US supplier provides original MB parts - $10.95 each plus postage.

But them again. Stealership price for W204 top strut mount kit....................$580.00
Price for the same MB stamped ones from US supplier - $105.00 including the postage. The postage being more expensive than the actual parts.
Lemforders cheaper again.

Because those same bushings are glued to the swaybar on a W204, the stealership price is $435.00 plus a weeks wait from Swingapura.

I drove the W210 around without the sway bar installed.
(a) The clunking sound was definitely the sway bar.
(b) Don't notice much difference driving without the sway bar installed. - I suppose if I was driving on the motorway at 140KPH i might notice a difference.
(c) The LCA bushings will need to be done in the near future.
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Re: Sway bar W210

Post by Ivanerrol » Tue 05 Sep, 2017 6:35 pm

Here's the new bushing next to the less than round one.
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Cheaper than originally quoted.
$17.00 each at the stealership - actually even cheaper, they included a new twin filament offset pin W210 brake globe for free
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Departed
W202 - C200, C180, C180
W126 - 380SE , 380SE (Ex SA Import), 560SEL
W124 - 300e, 260e (ex Japan)
W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
W116 450SEL
W140 420SEL
W210 E240, E240
W209 CLK 240
W201 190e 2.6 (ex U.K.)

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Re: Sway bar W210

Post by Ivanerrol » Fri 08 Sep, 2017 9:55 pm

Sway bar bushings and links changed.

If you do this on jackstands rather than on a hoist you need to put a jack under the sway bar to help you on and off with it.
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The links are supposed to come off the end of the sway bar with a bit of pulling :bs:

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In reality you need something like a pickle fork.
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To reinstall the bushings and links a bit of lubrication required.
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KY is water based and not oil based therefore wont damage the rubber over time.

The links are a bit of a Barstewared to get back onto the sway bar.
The trick is to part put them on, turn the swaybar up and drop the swaybar weight onto the link - they go on. Trying to use a maellet to put the links on doesn't work.
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Installed everything took car for a drive. Quiet bliss. Even over bluestone cobbles.
W211 - E240
W204 - C280
Departed
W202 - C200, C180, C180
W126 - 380SE , 380SE (Ex SA Import), 560SEL
W124 - 300e, 260e (ex Japan)
W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
W116 450SEL
W140 420SEL
W210 E240, E240
W209 CLK 240
W201 190e 2.6 (ex U.K.)

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