shock absorber creak

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Hi I have a E230 1997 (R reg) and the rear off side shock absorber has an irritating creaking when driving/going over bumps etc. i have tried spraying wd40 on but not worked think need to get inside it. Will this need to be replaced or is there an easy way round it? Cheers
 

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Are you sure its shock absorber itself and not one of the myriad of rubber bushes in the rear suspension? You might want to look at the ball joint end of the rear roll bar drop links as they have been known to go squeaky - usually they tend to "knock" though when they get worn. If it turns out to be the shocker I would advise replacing both sides to keep the car balanced. You can't go wrong with Bilsteins.
 

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The most common cause is the lower outer joint, we see a lot of them for this kind of noise.......
 
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Yes definitely the shocker as sprayed every single joint in that area and if put your hand on the shocker and get someone to bounce it you can feel the creek vibrate in your hand.
 

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As cole says. It will very probably be the lower hub bush if it's a loud creak. Spraying it wil not work
 
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As cole says. It will very probably be the lower hub bush if it's a loud creak. Spraying it wil not work

if it is this bush then where abouts is it? will it need replacing then?
 

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You need to remove/ refit the spring and lower wishbone on the side that is creaking. Then the bush will need to be knocked out/ re inserted with a pulling tool
It's best to pay a garage an hours labour IMHO
 
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ok thanks ill look in to that then, cheers
 
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The warm dry weather will start to make a lot of things begin to squeak.
 
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The warm dry weather will start to make a lot of things begin to squeak.

wish that was the prob, started before that. but took it to a garage day and they wanted £500 for new shocker fitted I nearly fell over.
 

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£500 would replace all 4 corners............:mad:
 
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I know its because its self leveling they want £320 for the one shocker :-/ if not self leveling I could pick one up for £50
 

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If you could move the boot you could spay PTFE in, the same with the bottom bush, loosen off the bolt 25 and do the same, you may be lucking in getting some PTFE in there.

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Ive opened the boot and sprayed the top of the shocker were it sticks out and ive sprayed the bottom of the shocker but no luck, which is bolt 25 ill try anything now if I can undo this. I just rang a merc dealer and not even got a shocker in the uk and Germany not showing one made yet, whats that about :confused:
 

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ok thanks ill undo that bolt 25 and spray it if I can get to it, and just realised what you ment by the boot you mean the boot on the shocker not the boot where you put your luggage :)
 
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just a thought if this don't work is it poss for someone to take the self leveling system off and put normal shockers on or would this prove a lot dearer?
 

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