Mercedes-Benz Cars 2000-05

Removal & Installation

Print

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

    Wheel
     
    Center axle hold-down bolt (in hub)
     
    Brake caliper. Suspend it with a wire.
     

  4.  
  5. Drain the differential oil and support the differential housing.

    Differential housing cover
     
    Axle lock ring
     
    Axle shaft. If necessary, loosen the shock absorber.
     

  6.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Axle shaft. Torque the nut to 148-175 ft. lbs. (200-240 Nm).
     
    Axle lock ring
     
    Differential housing cover
     
    Brake caliper
     
    Center axle hold down bolt
     
    Wheel
     

  2.  
  3. Fill the axle with oil. New radial seal rings are used on all models. Lubricate the outside diameter of radial sealing rings with hypoid gear lubricant prior to installation.
  4.  


NOTE
Check end-play of the lock ring in the groove. If necessary, install a thicker lock ring or spacer to eliminate all end-play, while still allowing the lock ring to rotate. Do not allow the joints in the axle shaft to hang free or the joint bearing may be damaged.

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

    Wheel
     
    Center axle hold-down bolt (in hub)
     
    Wheel speed sensor
     

  4.  
  5. Push the follower joint out of carrier.
  6.  
  7. Press the track rod joint out of carrier.
  8.  
  9. Pull the axle shaft out of axle shaft flange.
  10.  
  11. Press the axle shaft out of axle carrier.
  12.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Axle shaft. Torque the nut to 148-175 ft. lbs. (200-240 Nm)
     
    Axle lock ring
     
    Track rod joint. Torque the nut to 41 ft. lbs. 55 (Nm).
     
    Follower joint. Torque the nut to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
     
    Wheel speed sensor
     
    Center axle hold down bolt. Torque the nut to 361 ft. lbs. (490 Nm).
     
    Wheel
     

  2.  

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

    Wheel
     
    Center axle hold-down bolt (in hub)
     
    Brake caliper. Suspend it with a wire
     

  4.  
  5. Drain the differential oil and support the differential housing.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Differential housing cover
     
    Axle lock ring
     
    Axle shaft. If necessary, loosen the shock absorber
     

  8.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Axle shaft. Torque the nut to 148-175 ft. lbs. (200-240 Nm)
     
    Axle lock ring
     
    Differential housing cover
     
    Brake caliper
     
    Center axle hold down bolt
     
    Wheel
     

  2.  
  3. Fill the axle with oil. New radial seal rings are used on all models. Lubricate the outside diameter of radial sealing rings with hypoid gear lubricant prior to installation.
    NOTE
    Check end-play of the lock ring in the groove. If necessary, install a thicker lock ring or spacer to eliminate all end-play, while still allowing the lock ring to rotate. Do not allow the joints in the axle shaft to hang free or the joint bearing may be damaged.

  4.  

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

    Wheel
     
    Center axle hold-down bolt (in hub)
     
    Brake caliper. Suspend it with a wire
     

  4.  
  5. Drain the differential oil and support the differential housing.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Differential housing cover
     
    Axle lock ring
     
    Axle shaft. If necessary, loosen the shock absorber
     

  8.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Axle shaft. Torque the nut to 148-175 ft. lbs. (200-240 Nm)
     
    Axle lock ring
     
    Differential housing cover
     
    Brake caliper
     
    Center axle hold down bolt
     
    Wheel
     

  2.  
  3. Fill the axle with oil. New radial seal rings are used on all models. Lubricate the outside diameter of radial sealing rings with hypoid gear lubricant prior to installation.
    NOTE
    Check end-play of the lock ring in the groove. If necessary, install a thicker lock ring or spacer to eliminate all end-play, while still allowing the lock ring to rotate. Do not allow the joints in the axle shaft to hang free or the joint bearing may be damaged.

  4.  

Front



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

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel
     
    Axle nut
     
    Brake caliper
     
    Track rod from steering knuckle
     
    Follower joint from control arm
     
    Halfshaft from flange
     
    Halfshaft from axle gear
     
    Halfshaft
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft
     
    Follower joint to control arm. Torque the nut to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm)
     
    Track rod. Torque the nut to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
     
    Brake caliper.
     
    Axle nut. Torque the nut to 361 ft. lbs. (490 Nm)
     
    Front wheel
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  

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

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel
     
    12-pointed axle nut (61)
     
    Engine undercover
     
    Brake hose bracket (arrow)
     
    Stabilizer bar brackets (22b)
     
    Headlight leveling linkage (80)
     
    Lower ball joint (7) from the steering knuckle (5)
     
    Shock absorber (11) from the lower control arm (4)
     
    Lower control arm mounting bolts
     
    Halfshaft
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft
     
    Lower ball joint
     
    Shock absorber
     
    Headlight leveling linkage
     
    Stabilizer bar brackets
     
    Brake hose bracket
     
    Engine undercover
     
    12-pointed axle nut. Torque the nut to 162 ft. lbs. (220 Nm).
     
    Front wheel
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  


    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of the front halfshaft mounted-4-Matic


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

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel
     
    12-pointed axle nut (61)
     
    Engine undercover
     
    Brake hose bracket (arrow)
     
    Stabilizer bar brackets (22b)
     
    Headlight leveling linkage (80)
     
    Lower ball joint (7) from the steering knuckle (5).
     
    Shock absorber (11) from the lower control arm (4)
     
    Lower control arm mounting bolts
     
    Halfshaft
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft
     
    Lower ball joint
     
    Shock absorber
     
    Headlight leveling linkage
     
    Stabilizer bar brackets
     
    Brake hose bracket
     
    Engine undercover
     
    12-pointed axle nut. Torque the nut to 162 ft. lbs. (220 Nm)
     
    Front wheel
     
    Negative battery cable

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of the front halfshaft mounted-4-Matic

     

  2.  

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

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel
     
    12-pointed axle nut (61)
     
    Engine undercover
     
    Brake hose bracket (arrow)
     
    Stabilizer bar brackets (22b)
     
    Headlight leveling linkage (80)
     
    Lower ball joint (7) from the steering knuckle (5).
     
    Shock absorber (11) from the lower control arm (4)
     
    Lower control arm mounting bolts
     
    Halfshaft
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft
     
    Lower ball joint
     
    Shock absorber
     
    Headlight leveling linkage
     
    Stabilizer bar brackets
     
    Brake hose bracket
     
    Engine undercover
     
    12-pointed axle nut. Torque the nut to 162 ft. lbs. (220 Nm)
     
    Front wheel
     
    Negative battery cable

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of the front halfshaft mounted-4-Matic

     

  2.  

 
label.common.footer.alt.autozoneLogo