Mercedes Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1974-1984 Repair Guide

Shock Absorbers

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION 190D, 190E, 1974-76 230, 240D, 280, 280C, 1975-76 300D, 380SL, 380SLC, 450SL and 450SLC Models



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

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Fig. Fig. 1: Rear shock absorber upper mounting components190D and 190E models



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Fig. Fig. 2: Rear shock absorber lower mounting components190D and 190E models



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Fig. Fig. 3: Rear shock absorber lower mounting assembly1974-76 230 and 240D, 280 and 280C; 1975-76 300D, all 380 models, 450SL, 450SLC, 500SEC and 500SEL models



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Fig. Fig. 4: After unfastening the rear shock absorber's upper mount, remove the lower mounting bolts

  1. Jack up the rear of the car and support the control arm.
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  3. From inside the trunk (sedans), remove the rubber cap, locknut, and hex nut from the upper mount of the shock absorber. On the 280SL and 450SL, the upper mount of the rear shock absorber is accessible after removing the top, top flap, rear seat, backrest, and lining. On the 380SLC and 450SLC, remove the rear seat, backrest and cover plate.
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  5. Unbolt the mounting for the rear shock absorber at the bottom and remove the shock absorber.
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  7. Installation is the reverse of removal.
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All Other Models See Figures 5 through 9

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Fig. Fig. 5: Rear shock absorber upper mounting assembly1981-84 300SD, 380SE, 380SEC, 380SEL, 380SL, 380SLC, 450SL, 450SLC, 500SEC and 500SEL models



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Fig. Fig. 6: Rear shock absorber upper mounting assembly1977-83 230 and 240D, 280CE, 280E, 280S and 280SE; 1978-80 300SD; 1977-84 300D and 300CD; 1979-80 300TD, 450SE, 450SEL and 6.9 models



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Fig. Fig. 7: Rear shock absorber lower mounting assembly1977-83 230 and 240D, 280CE, 280E, 280S and 280SE; 1978-80 300SD; 1977-84 300D and 300CD; 1979-80 300TD, 450SE, 450SEL and 6.9 models



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Fig. Fig. 8: Rear shock absorber upper mounting assembly1981-82 300TD models



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Fig. Fig. 9: Rear shock absorber upper mounting assembly1983-84 300TD models. Retrofitting is not possible

  1. Remove the rear seat and backrest.
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  3. Remove the cover from the rear wall.
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  5. Jack and support the car and the trailing arm.
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  7. Loosen the nuts on the upper mount. Remove the washer and rubber ring.
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  9. Loosen the lower mount and remove the shock absorber downward.
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  11. Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the upper mounting nut to the end of the threads.
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