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Mercedes-Benz S320 Bad Dampening Actuators Can Cause Rough Ride in Rear

Mercedes-Benz S320 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

Average Mileage: 112,394 mi (100,000 mi - 124,789 mi)


Vehicles with automatic level control that ride harshly in the rear (no give in the suspension) may have one or both dampening actuators which have failed. It is commonly recommended the actuators be replaced in pairs.

  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    Rear passengers felt sick as they were bounced around. Both helium filled rubber hydraulic shock systems had gone. These rubber domes provide a shock system, the rear dampers are hydraulic and the helium filled domes in the back have a rubber membrain that finally rots. These can be replaced, all is the back to normal. But the job is complex and takes at least 5 hours

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  • Visitor, , 124,789 mi

    bouncey rear call jim 703 317 8254

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