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I need to replace both side and inner and outer CV joints (all joints) on the rear axle of my Mercedes 300D 1983. I am looking for advice and step-by step procedures. Parts have been ordered and will arrive Monday. Any help is welcome.

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  • BNGSDAD May 11, 2010


    Thanks for the quick reply. No, I'm doing this myself, I don't drink, I have the Haynes Manual, and what I need is advice from someone who has done this work before on a Mercedes 300D. I understand there are some special tools I will need (an particular socket) to remove the bearings. I do my brakes all the time. Two weeks ago I rebuilt the front calipers on the same vehicle. I'm just gathering as much info as possible while awaiting parts arrival.

    Thanks again,




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The best thing to do is call a "mechanic buddy" and have a case of beer on stanby. But if your determined to do it, than at least get a haynes or chiltons book to help with exploded view of the parts breakdown. I would start by jacking the rear end on stands and taking off the tires, the rear brakes and rear bearing assemblies. The cv shafts line up like a regular driveshaft on a rwd, so make sure you don't whack any of the splines up around the edges where they meet the transaxle. I will tell you if you're not comfortable with doing your own brakes, you will do yourself a galactic amount of good by finding someone who is to help you out.

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