W209 CLK Rear Springs

Discussion in 'Parts, Maintenance & Servicing' started by comports, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. comports

    comports Active Member

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    Hi Gang

    Its been a while since I've been on but not used the Merc lately sadly due to work commitments. When I say lately - for a while....

    MOT yesterday and have done 235 miles since last years..:eek: (I really should sell it guess)

    BUT - It failed the MOT on a broken rear spring. I know they are 3 red dot 1 blue but anyone got any suggestions where to buy replacements from..? Dealer price is £57+ vat each and I need 2 replaced in pairs I think)

    Also - does anyone know if they are easy to do at home with axle stands/trolley jacks etc... Local MOT place quoted me £60+ vat per side.

    Thanks in advance.

    Ash
     
  2. Litcan91

    Litcan91 MB Enthusiast

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    The rears are easy to replace, not sure about where to source them at a more cost effective rate - unless you want to go for the lowering route, which will be up to £200 for all four, giving you piece of mind that the fronts wont go shortly.
     
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    comports Active Member

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    Thanks Litcan

    Fronts not an issue as they were both replaced at last years MOT as one of them had broken.!!

    I may just get the springs and do them myself then if its not too big a job.

    Sod law though - Just went to move the car from the garage to get something only to find plumes of smoke coming from the alternator - so that is now goosed as well..!!

    Oh what joy i'm having - 200 miles and all for spring and now a new alternator as well.

    Cheers though
     
  4. Litcan91

    Litcan91 MB Enthusiast

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    Yeah, rear springs usually rust and break at the bottom. You should drive the car more often!
     
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  5. clk320x

    clk320x Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Guess as it's a Cabriolet it's your summer car? :bannana:
     
  6. PobodY

    PobodY MB Enthusiast

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    Sorry to revive an old thread, but what did this end up costing? - I noticed the *twang* sound cornering the other day, and when I look at the car the rear nearside tyre is tucked in to the arch more than the other three.

    This time of year I'm not sure whether I want to be trying to change a pair of springs myself.
     
  7. Codger49

    Codger49 MB Enthusiast

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    I would go with MB springs at about £65 each.

    Mainly because they supply the many different versions required to match the weight from the various different options fitted to your individual car. When I last looked for CLK springs a couple of years ago, all the aftermarket ones came in only one version per car.

    EPC has a table of points per option which are summed to identify the correct spring.

    Rear springs are relatively easy to change, so shouldn't cost much at an indy, don't forget to check condition of top and bottom rubber shims.
     
  8. PobodY

    PobodY MB Enthusiast

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    I'm not sure that I haven't been done. - £520 lighter after getting both rear springs changed, plus MOT, plus front control arm (warn ball joint), plus alignment (after replacing the control arm).

    Do I need to find a different indy? This lot told me they knew about Mercedes, but they also claim to be a BMW/Mini specialist.
     

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