Mercedes-Benz Cars 2000-05

Axle Housing

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Electrical connections
     
    Axle shafts
     
    Shock absorbers and front springs
     
    Steering knuckles
     

  4.  
  5. Support the engine and remove the front mount. Drain the power steering fluid.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Feed line from reservoir if equipped with level control
     
    Steering shaft
     
    Power steering lines at steering gear
     
    Headlamp leveling wiring harness
     
    Front axle carrier bolts
     
    Front axle assembly from vehicle
     

  8.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Axle assembly. Torque the carrier bolts to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm)
     
    Headlamp leveling wiring harness
     
    Power steering lines at steering gear
     
    Steering shaft
     
    Feed line from reservoir if equipped with level control
     
    Engine mount. Torque the bolt to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm)
     
    Axle shafts
     
    Steering knuckles
     
    Shock absorbers and front springs
     
    Electrical connections
     

  2.  

Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Drain the front axle oil.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheels
     
    Engine undercover
     
    Driveshaft
     
    Follower joints from upper control arm
     
    Axle shafts
     
    Front axle bolts
     
    Front axle housing from vehicle
     

  6.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Axle housing assembly. Torque the bolts to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm)
     
    Axle shafts
     
    Follower joints. Torque the bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
     
    Driveshaft
     
    Engine undercover
     
    Front wheels
     

  2.  
  3. Fill the axle with gear oil.
  4.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Electrical connections
     
    Axle shafts
     
    Shock absorbers and front springs
     
    Steering knuckles
     

  4.  
  5. Support the engine and remove the front mount. Drain the power steering fluid.

    Feed line from reservoir, if equipped with level control
     
    Steering shaft
     
    Power steering lines at steering gear
     
    Headlamp leveling wiring harness
     
    Front axle carrier bolts
     
    Front axle assembly from vehicle
     

  6.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Axle assembly. Torque the carrier bolts to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm).
     
    Headlamp leveling wiring harness
     
    Power steering lines at steering gear
     
    Steering shaft
     
    Feed line from reservoir, if equipped with level control
     
    Engine mount. Torque the bolt to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
     
    Axle shafts
     
    Steering knuckles
     
    Shock absorbers and front springs
     
    Electrical connections
     

  2.  

4-Matic
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Electrical connections
     
    Axle shafts
     
    Shock absorbers and front springs
     
    Steering knuckles
     

  4.  
  5. Support the engine and remove the front mount. Drain the power steering fluid.

    Feed line from reservoir, if equipped with level control
     
    Steering shaft
     
    Power steering lines at steering gear
     
    Headlamp leveling wiring harness
     
    Front axle carrier bolts
     
    Front axle assembly from vehicle
     

  6.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Axle assembly. Torque the carrier bolts to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm).
     
    Headlamp leveling wiring harness
     
    Power steering lines at steering gear
     
    Steering shaft
     
    Feed line from reservoir, if equipped with level control
     
    Engine mount. Torque the bolt to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
     
    Axle shafts
     
    Steering knuckles
     
    Shock absorbers and front springs
     
    Electrical connections
     

  2.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Electrical connections
     
    Axle shafts
     
    Shock absorbers and front springs
     
    Steering knuckles
     

  4.  
  5. Support the engine and remove the front mount. Drain the power steering fluid.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Feed line from reservoir if equipped with level control
     
    Steering shaft
     
    Power steering lines at steering gear
     
    Headlamp leveling wiring harness
     
    Front axle carrier bolts
     
    Front axle assembly from vehicle
     

  8.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Axle assembly. Torque the carrier bolts to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm)
     
    Headlamp leveling wiring harness
     
    Power steering lines at steering gear
     
    Steering shaft
     
    Feed line from reservoir if equipped with level control
     
    Engine mount. Torque the bolt to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm)
     
    Axle shafts
     
    Steering knuckles
     
    Shock absorbers and front springs
     
    Electrical connections
     

  2.  

 
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