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Choosing a good cv axle brand

Discussion in 'Engine, Drivetrain, Fuel and Exhaust' started by Exp21, Jul 24, 2020.

  1. Exp21

    Exp21 Senior Member

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    Hi everyone! I'm about to replace the cv axle on my w245 B-class. The cv joint boot has a grease leak, I hear some clicking while steering from weeks so I think the best option is to replace the entire axle. Now the question is: excluding the genuine MB part whose cost is absurd, which brand should I choose? In the past I had a w169 (same engine) and an indy mechanic replaced both axles with some brand I don't know (he never told me but it was surely cheap) and the axle gave vibrations since new. They were bad, they had some play into the transmission. I heard many stories from MB technicians who told me not to mount non genuine parts. But I heard from a guy who installed a GSP axle that he was fine with the car, no symptoms. Can anyone please help me choosing? I really can't decide. I could buy a GSP axle for 80 euros, but other brands as Metelli or Meyle or SKF are up to 200 euro. Is this price difference justified by quality? Thank you very much
     
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    The merc one is justified by quality i would say.
    ps why are you going through axles.
     
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    Thank you for your reply! Putting on new MB axles would be a non sense. They cost around 780 euro each and in another 60-70k km I would break them again. It's a known fault of w169 and w245 models. The key is finding a good aftermarket brand
     
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    I've used Titan for a prop shaft,
    recently I ordered a half shaft. As the flanges are so prominent they were damaged in transit, Titan refunded without issue (eBay would have anyway) and didn't require the shaft to be returned.
    I ordered again and again damaged in transit, but not as bad. This time the damage was repairable as I managed to drift off the flanges and reform in a vice.
    As it turns out the old flanges will fit the new shaft so I have a new one for free that is serviceable with some effort.

    The quality looks good, but I can't give you a how long for I'm afraid. It 'might' be worth a punt as the prices seem reasonable to me.
     
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    Unfortunately Titan is not among the brands producing axles for my w245. But thank you very much!:)
     
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