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Old 05-10-2011, 04:02 AM   #1
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One side is lower than the other.

My car looks tilted when it's parked. One one side i can fit my whole hand between the top of the tire and the car, on the other side just a few fingers. Why is that? What is the problem?
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:42 AM   #2
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:14 PM   #3
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one side is lower than the other

I had the same problem last year. Merc dealer checked it out and identified some of the rear stabilising unit electronics needed re setting, but I felt they never got to the root of it. They did 4 wheel alignment as well. It is still not even but is better than it was.
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:53 PM   #4
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I had the same problem last year. Merc dealer checked it out and identified some of the rear stabilising unit electronics needed re setting, but I felt they never got to the root of it. They did 4 wheel alignment as well. It is still not even but is better than it was.
In my E320 the passenger rear side is lower than the driver side...is it kinda "normal"? It's about half an inch lower...
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:54 AM   #5
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Rear passenger lower + suspension drop

Hi,
My rear suspension is about half an inch lower on rear passenger side than on rear driver side. I've look around today with soap and water, seems to me there is no leak is the hoses or anywhere. Anybody knows how to set or reset rear stabilising unit electronics ?
When I wake up every morning, the passenger rear side suspension is completely dropped. When I start the engine, it comes up in about 30 seconds.
Anyone has an idea what this can be ?
Thanks very much !
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:40 AM   #6
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:32 AM   #7
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It would be good to know if we are talking about a car with Airmatic suspension (or a wagon with air springs rear with self levelling) and if the car has one side lower than the other only after parking or also when it is on an even road and engine running?

If the car had steel springs, it could be from one spring being broken (cut). If the car has had front springs changed, it could be from incorrect installation of the springs.

The rear has anyway only one level sensor. If that sensor misbehaves, it cannot make the car tilt.

As above, leaking air springs (or valves) can make the car drop over night and it can happen for one corner only.
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Old 12-11-2011, 03:44 PM   #8
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Sorry, I forgot to mention it is a wagon with air springs rear with self levelling. The car has one side lower than the other all the time and also when it is on an even road and engine running. It's always half an inch lower.
I'm not sure of one thing : how do I change the air spring (on photo) ? Is it a big job ? Can I do it myself ?
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:44 PM   #9
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I have an 04 E320 Wagon, not 4matic and without Airmatic. This morning my wife was driving and she put it in park and the rear end dropped and it said "Stop, car too low". The whole rear end was down. I came, turned the car on, bounced on the rear end, and it brought itself back up. I am thinking it is some sort of sensor, but I am just beginning the process of researching these cars and am looking for some guidance.
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By the way, ricky, it sounds like one of your rear airbags is busted. I hear that you dont have to remove the rear differential to replace, like some people will tell you.
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By the way, ricky, it sounds like one of your rear airbags is busted. I hear that you dont have to remove the rear differential to replace, like some people will tell you.
Mine was done under warranty. They did pull the diff. From what I understand to get the system out without cutting lines you must pull the diff.

However you can cut and splice the line and not pull the diff.

The reason MB doesn't want you to cut the line is the risk of total failure and

collaps of the rear suspension while driving. So It really just depends on how confident you are to splice the air line.
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:42 AM   #12
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Hi guys,

Since december 2011, I had only problems with the rear suspension of my 2004 E320 Wagon. Beautiful car, wonderful ride, but damn the suspension is getting me crazy.

First, the car always looked tilted when it was parked. Then, it started to get dangerously low and when I started the car, the compressor would bring everything back to normal. I went to my mecanic and he said he couldn't see any leak in the system. So I deciced to buy a brand new air spring from Mercedes Benz.

After three months of usage, the second airspring exploded while I was driving. No hurt, but the car went "too low" and I had to tow it. By the way, even with that new air spring, the car always looked tilted.

I went back to the dealership with my "new" airspring which was exploded and they told me it's not covered under warranty. Thank you very much. So I had to buy a new one if I wanted to drive my car. So I did.

This time I had it installed by the dealership because they were arguing it was a wrong installation, which I absolutely do not believe, and the problem is still there. THE CAR IS TILTED. Unbelievable !

I've been driving with my 3rd air spring for 4 months now without any problem, but the car is about 1 inch lower on the rear passenger side. My mecanic scanned it with star diagnostic system (sds) and it showed no error. We tried to adjust it "automatically" but it would always stay tilted. We adjusted it "manually" with the sds and the car looked great. But only for a couple of days. As soon as it was parked for a few days, I went tilted again.

What should I do ? Buy a conversion kit and get rid of that airmatic crap ? Is there any existing solution for the airmatic ? How can I get my car not to be tilted all the time ?

Please, help me guys !
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There is a variable rsesistor controlled by a lever arm that connects to the suspension and provides feed back to the control system. If the arm is incorrectly adjusted the height will be off.

Leaky air springs can leak in a fold and not leak at the same rate. Over night cooling can cause the hole to open up and vent more. I have actually found leaks where the bag folds onto itself. You either have a adjustment off or air bag leaking.
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Old 04-08-2014, 03:22 PM   #14
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Hi, I had the front right strut replaced to an arnott (airmatic suspension), after the replacement, we waited a couple of minutes so the pump fills the new strut with air and lowered it, the car looked fine, but as soon as I left the shop, I had the red stop car on dash and both right and left wheels touching the fenders. Please help!!!!
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This dude has posted his tale of woo in two or three places---patience is a virtue!!

I have suggested he go back to the shop who did the work!!
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This dude has posted his tale of woo in two or three places---patience is a virtue!!

I have suggested he go back to the shop who did the work!!
My bad, I'm not sure how did that bother you though, Thanks for your help
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