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Mercedes-Benz SLK230 Premature Tire Wear Due to Cracked Lower Control Arm Bushings

Mercedes-Benz SLK230 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Average Mileage: 121,800 mi (115,000 mi - 140,000 mi)


Irregular and premature tire wear can be caused by the lower control arm bushings cracking, resulting excessive movement at the control arm pivot point. Ball joints can also wear out prematurely, causing similar tire wear symptoms. I some cases it may be necessary to replace the lower control arm, including bushings & ball joint to correct this concern.

  •  Rookie

    purchased car 2 years ago...bushings done shortly after and had uneven tire wear. Had to purchase new tires.

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  • Visitor, , 119,000 mi

    Outer tread wear on front tires due to cracked lower control arm bushings; replaced two new tires,
    four wheel alignment, and new ball joints and drag link--total cost $1700

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  • Visitor, , 115,000 mi

    Front tires were balding on the edges; to remedy problem I had to purchase new tires for
    the front, 4 wheel alignment, plus Both front Axle Lower Ball Joints, Center Steering Link with
    tie rods. Cost was $1376.31 plus two Michelin Pilot tires, $466.00.

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  •  Rookie

    Replaced control arm bushings at 50,000
    Replaced front ball joints @ 72,000
    I was just told that controll arms bushings are torn and need to replace control arms at 140,000

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  • Visitor, , 115,000 mi

    Front tires showing premature wear on inside and outside treads. Told I need front axle lower ball
    joints on both front sides and center steering link with tie rods. Total cost with new tires-$2100.

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