CLS new rear springs & we're 'Riding High'

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A couple of thousand miles ago the yee hah cowboys at ESP cars in Long Eaton fitted a pair of springs to the rear of our 219, well I say pair, one first then the other at the next visit.

I thought it would have settled by now but I can still comfortably fit my fist between the tyre and the arch.

I'd really appreciate some one with some experience of new rear springs telling me a) if they could have cocked it up or b) how long they should take to settle.

I'm just about to settle for some compo from this lot because of the totally shoddy and potentially fatal service we received from this lot and would like to know if I've got some more sh!t to through at them.
 
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A couple of thousand miles ago the yee hah cowboys at ESP cars in Long Eaton fitted a pair of springs to the rear of our 219, well I say pair, one first then the other at the next visit.

I thought it would have settled by now but I can still comfortably fit my fist between the tyre and the arch.

I'd really appreciate some one with some experience of new rear springs telling me a) if they could have cocked it up or b) how long they should take to settle.

I'm just about to settle for some compo from this lot because of the totally shoddy and potentially fatal service we received from this lot and would like to know if I've got some more sh!t to through at them.

:shock:
 

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Suspension should settle within a few miles. Did they fit OEM springs? Very common for 3rd party springs to be the wrong spec. MB have a complex points system for specifying springs, based on the options fitted to the car.
 
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I doubt they fitted oem, they didn't even fix the things they found on their pdi.

Looks like I've got more of their mess to sort out. I wonder how I could be sure the wrong ones are fitted?!
 

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The ride height will be wrong.
 

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genuine springs also have a colour code on them, which wont be present on 3rd party springs
 
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I'm not imagining things am I!
 

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That's so wrong.......

211 and 219 springs have a colour code and the part number on the spring itself..........
 

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nope your not imagining anything there, that is shocking
 

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Looks like a 70s "jacked" street/strip car!
 

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would be nice to have something more definitive for the cowboys!

True, sorry. As others have said OEM will have coloured bands on the springs, plus a number.

Mind you that won't help if they have fitted the wrong OEM parts . you could ask your dealer's parts dept for the correct part number and colour code?
 
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would be nice to have something more definitive for the cowboys!

I'd have thought that there would be a dimension from the road or wheel centre to the wheel arch. One for those with MB tech info to find out :wink::wink:
 
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I'd have thought that there would be a dimension from the road or wheel centre to the wheel arch. One for those with MB tech info to find out :wink::wink:

Just surfing the WIS to see what I can find.
 

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When the dealer checked the ride height on my CLS they used points on the chassis under the car whilst high on the lift.
 
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When the dealer checked the ride height on my CLS they used points on the chassis under the car whilst high on the lift.

Did a quick height check this morning, 705mm from the floor to the top of the arch.
I'll pop up to the dealer at lunchtime and measure some others, I can't see that it's going to be that much higher, maybe 25-50mm.

It doesn't seem to affect the ride and it's not dangerous, is it?
 

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Not dangerous in normal driving but may be more unstable in emergency situations. It's not something I would panic about but I wouldn't want to leave it like that.
 

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