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Self levelling struts; connecting hydraulic tubes

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering & Brakes' started by GForce, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. GForce

    GForce New Member

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    Hi,

    I am in the process of replacing the rear shock absorbers on my daughter's W124 T Sportline.

    My problem is that the tubing for the hydraulics is slightly puzzling; normally when you connect tubing like this, at least one of the nuts is "loose" once you've loosened the fitting. Here, the connection tube is solid, so when undoing it the steel braided tube has to be twisted.

    Am I doing something stupid here? Is there any easy way to do this?

    Thank you!!

    Regards,
    Bard Thomas
     
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    I will take a look for you, it does sound like yours are stuck
     
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    The Shock absorbers are the spheres The Hydraulic Rams at the side only control the Ride height and transmit movement to the spheres where the fluid is damped . Hope its your Rams that are the problem and not the spheres :), common misinterpretation on these cars Rams rarely Fail but the spheres do giving a hard bouncy ride. search spheres on here and you will find some posts covering both the spheres and changing the Rams which hopefully will cover your problem .
     
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    Self levelling struts; connection hydraulics tubes

    Yes, I have discovered the distinction. What I mistook as a failing "shock absorber" turned out to be the left hand front subframe bush. In other words, I could've saved myself all this grief had I been aware of said distinction before...

    Ah well, just gotta pick a "new" connection pipe from some lucky donor. I wonder if the S210/211 pipes are the same; union to banjo...

    Next question will be for a work description to replace the subframe bushes ;)

    Thank you!
     

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