[200q20v] A Note to those using the Benz Strut Brace.

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at prodigy.net
Mon Nov 12 20:58:20 EST 2001

No, doesn't work.  When you (I) unload the wheel, the wheel weight is in the
opposite direction and of much lower magnitude than the normal bearing
supported weight.  So the fixed bearing outer races are loaded by wheel
weight on the opposite, like new, sides from the normal loading,  The inner
rotating races, of course, have had the bearing's lifes load equally
distributed around the total circumference, making no difference, other than
the reduced load effect.

So, your spring feel is no better than is the stethescope.  But thanks


> From: "Shayne P." <quattroking at hotmail.com>
> Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2001 18:38:47 -0800
> To: b.m.benz at prodigy.net, 200q20v at audifans.com, audi20v at rennlist.org
> Subject: Re: [200q20v] A Note to those using the Benz Strut Brace.
> Hey Bernie-
> Jack your car up and put your hand on the spring then spin the wheel.  You
> will feel a bad bearing through the spring in the form of a harmonic
> vibration.
> HTH,
> Shayne P.
> 1972 MB 280 SEL 4.5
> 1984 4ksq
> 1986 MB 560 SEL
> 1991 v8q5
> 1991 200q Sedan
> 1992 S4
> Parting:  1972 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 4.5
> I'm currently doing a front wheel bearing replacement job on the 200Q-20V.
> I can't tell which one is bad, even with a stethascope, so I may be forced
> to replace both sides.  Heaven Forbid!  They can't both be broke can they?
> But they sure have become real growlers over the past 6 months.
> Anyway, when removing the strut assembly you can save a little grief by
> removing the brace from the strut rod end and replacing it with the
> conventional rod end nut while the car is still on the ground, as a first
> step.  This will allow the strut assembly to be removed in one piece, rather
> than having a loose spring cause parts to fly all over.  Add this note in
> your Bentley, pg. 40.11.
> Regards,
> Bernie
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