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E55 AMG rear airmatic sagging.

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering & Brakes' started by icarus51, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. icarus51

    icarus51 New Member

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    Hi All,
    I own a 2003 E55AMG 171000 miles, I car I absolutely adore :) and will not give up as long as I can. My local indie has found that the large pre shaped pipes that come off the top of the rear airmatic struts and go to the small air reservoirs on both sides are leaking, perished because of an oil leak from the drive shaft oil seals(obviously these are being replaced). I have the following questions:-
    1) Can these pipes be replaced without replacing the entire strut?
    2) If I have to get new struts, what's the difference between A2113201325 post 31/3/2003 and A2113200825 pre 31/3/2003.
    3) Does the sub frame really have to come off for the new struts to be replaced?
    4) Does anyone know where I can get the struts apart from a merc stealership?:evil:

    Hope to get some positive results,

    And Merry Christmas to all members.

    Tony
     
  2. Cole@MBS

    Cole@MBS Forum Supporter Authorised Forum Supporter

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    Rear subframe has to come down.

    The tanks and pipes are a complet unit with the bag and cannot be taken apart.

    Merc parts only,

    Really not a nice job full stop.....
     
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    check out Arnott industries, they make rear struts now and you do not need to change the resevour

    https://www.arnottindustries.com/part_MERCEDES-BENZ_yid18_pid134.html

    they also have a lifetime warrenty
     
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    That site looks really interesting, shame they don't shio internationally on most of their MB struts :(
     
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    icarus51

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    Thanks for the replies. I asked my local stealership for a quote on the parts alone. £1550 inc VAT just for the struts:( never mind installing them. I currently have an enquiry at Arnotts about shipping the rear struts to the UK. Silly me, I forgot to include my post code, but they have replied asking for the post code so that they can provide an accurate quote. Here's hoping.
    Will keep you informed.

    Tony
     
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    We have seperated the hose from the tank before due to the tank having a tiny pin hole from corrosion. The hose is very tight. Then the welded/repaired tank is refitted with new hose clip, with no adverse effects. Officially they shouldn't be seperated.
     
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    icarus51

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    Hi
    latest regarding Arnott industries rear air springs. I placed an order for them last Thu evening and they were DELIVERED on Mon am!!! Very impressive turn round. A couple of points if anyone else is looking to place an order.
    1) They DO NOT accept international credit cards.
    2) They WILL accept wire transfers or Paypal.

    I ordered using Paypal, total cost was $821 for the pair of springs and $106 for the P&P. There was also an import charge which I paid to UPS of £153 which was for VAT and a small admin charge. UPS accept cash or cheque only.
    Impressive engineering evident in the springs, the 2 weigh 15 lbs total, what appears to be a red anodised aluminium bottom fitting, air bladder made by Continental and include a new set of upper locating inserts and new air connectors.

    My indie is fitting them tomorrow I'll give you all a quick resume when I've spoken to him.

    cheers

    Tony
     

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