Drop links c class w203 saloon

Discussion in 'Wheels, Tyres, Brakes & Suspension' started by MSG2004, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. MSG2004

    MSG2004 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Hello.
    Recently my car started making a slight clonking, dull light sound when on uneven road at slow speeds. My freid say he has the same problem and resolved by repalcing drivers side drop link cant recall the cost.

    I will take my car to a garage next week and my questions are as follows

    Car feels safe and no noise on higher speeds or turning, so I'm guess its safe?

    If it is the drop link - should i get both done?

    I dont think i will, but would I need tracking checked after new drop links?

    I looked at the car drop links today and have no way to raise car, could not get a good grip to move and see if faulty.

    I've seen cheap drop links for 10 qud and up to 30 quid each.

    I wont take to MB as not been there for years and I', 99% cert i will change car by xmas and it has done 54k and I've owned for almost 8 yrs

    What will an indy charge and any good ones in/near Bexley?

    Thanks!:thumb:
     
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    had knocking on a b6 passat - replaced both drop links and it was fine afterwards - super cheap and easy enough to do (DIY) if you have a jack and socket socket set. I needed a blow torch to ease the ball joint off each side and no knocking - drop links were less than a tenner for the pair :)
     
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    MSG2004

    MSG2004 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Thanks C250TD

    The symptoms point to drop links but I checked myself today when car went on ramp, ie had puncture, got it repaired and the chap that repaired the puncture knows my son, so how put it up on a ramp and had a good look at the drop links, no excess movement, no wearing of rubbers, no noise and he has a quick look at other front and rear suspension parts, all appears ok but noise is nor slightly more pronounced.

    The noise is a typical symptom of drop link failure, ie low clunking at low speeds on a wavy road surface, no noise when turning steering, reversing or doing more than 20mph or braking.

    Dont want to take to MB as not been there for a few yrs as car has been with me for 7:5yrs, 54k on the clock - I'm baffled. I checked the engine compartment, nothing loose.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction please?
     
  5. cliveBRABUS

    cliveBRABUS Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    The W203 will wear out drop links change them and all will be ok
     
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    MSG2004

    MSG2004 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    OK, cheers.
    I will sleep on it and guess its worth try for the 130 quid for the pair - but one question pls, why no signs of worn rubbers, noise on movivng them?
    car is 2007 50 odd k on clock and I've owned over 7 yrs - 4 door c180 auto
    thanks
     
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    camerafodder Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    You should also check bushes on lower and upper arms, these are under a lot of stress on these cars and not too expensive to replace. Choose Lemforder as these are OEM.
     
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    cliveBRABUS Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    £130 for drop link repair !
    you are paying to much :crazy:
     
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    MSG2004

    MSG2004 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Thank you all.
    About the 130, it inc's the VAT. I cant see anyone doing it for less - drop links cheap as 10 quid a pair from eurocarparts but i will go for ones a bit more expensive even though I am 99% to sell this car by Xmas
    Thanks
     
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    MSG2004

    MSG2004 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Update

    As usal, I pick up car problems too early.
    The links became a bit more noisey .
    Got both repaled while i waited about week ago - all in for the pair, 136 at Halfords. Car drives like new as not a hint of a rattle.
     
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    Btw, ordered new car, gle, del in April, will then sell after that
     
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    How long did you have to wait for them to do the job?
     
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    they took the car on to the ramp in about 5 mins - got the pats in about 30 mins, i was out of there in about 60 mins
     

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