The mechanic wrote:
Remedy play L/F Wheel Bearing & outer tie rod ends.
L/R wheel play
Brake pedal is low + adj.
I presume this means I need to buy
- left front outer tie rod end
- left front wheel bearing
- left rear wheel bearing
Buying parts locally can be absurd. The dealer did not have many of the parts (he said some have never been sold in NZ), but wanted NZ$960 (€570 / US$635) for the L/H tie rod end. On line it seems to be €18 (NZ$30 / US$20) plus shipping. But before I get to ordering, I need help knowing what to buy.
Tie Rod End: For my VIN number, it gives a choice of external (A460 330 12 35) and internal (A602 330 02 35) thread. The one on my 1982 280GE is male thread, so I presume it is an "external "?
The prices of this part is strange
https://spareto.com/products/12831-01-drag-link-end lists it for €18.31 (including VAT) and shipping to NZ €23.47.
https://www.autodoc.co.uk/lemforder/1245605 lists it for £18.78 (€22) (including VAT) and shipping to NZ £146.39 (€171) - almost ten times for shipping
Has anyone used sparto.com?
Then we get to bearings. I hear they are horrible to remove and replace. The Mercedes spec sheet for my VIN lists five tapered roller bearings for the outside
- A000 982 82 02
- A008 981 57 05
- A008 981 59 05
- A008 981 61 05
- A008 981 64 05
and four for the inside:
- A008 981 58 05
- A008 981 60 05
- A008 981 62 05
- A008 981 63 05
I have read https://clubgwagen.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5648 but struggle to work out what it means in ordering the right parts... when I have done it, I will add my own post to pay forward.
Any idea what I need?
I assume I can just get the right ones at a bearing store in Auckland if I know what size to ask for.
Has anyone replaced bearings, or is this a job for shop with bearing presses?
For the rear bearings, MB sells a kit. What do I need? Just the bearing? Gaskets? something else? And from the inspector's cryptic notes, does it need a replacement bearing? What might cause wheel play in the left rear? The inspector just wiggled it top to bottom and it moved a slight bit.
I appreciate advice from those who have been down this road before.