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ABC pulsation damper and Filter DIY repair

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Old 01-01-2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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ABC pulsation damper and Filter DIY repair

The suspension pulsation damper will cause a humming / buzzing noise when not working correctly.

See TSB Topic number LI32.50-P-048280 for more detailed information.

Not every thing I do is according to the strict guidelines of WIS, so use my directions at your own risk.

Jack up front end. Find the 2 bleed screws on the LF and RF next to the torque strut bushing and bleed the system. Make sure you have the car secure because you will lose all suspension pressure after this is done.

Remove the pulsation damper. You will need a 24MM wrench for this, because of how the threads are welded to the unit you can't fit the wrench in every position. Maybe you can take this off with a oil filter remover?

This is a good time to change your filter for the suspension.

The top is held on by a hook, remove by pressing down on the spring.

My fluid was black so I pumped out what was in the res. try to be as clean as you can be.

Fill up res to the engine off min/max, install filter.

I started the car and set it to normal height, check fluid level at engine on min/max. Raise up then normal 15 times if any major components were replaced while checking fluid level only when set in the normal ride height level. If you hear a hissing noise in the area where you installed the pulsation damper or in the rear of your car then shut it off and bleed at the same bleed screws.

I had the hissing noise so I had to bleed the system 5 times. I had no luck getting rid of the noise. I ran the rodeo and dynamic test along with testing the pump and other components and had no codes after I was finished.

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Two questions.
1. I can't find a pulsation damper for less than $350, and various older threads mention paying ~$150. Is this a supply and demand issue, where everyone is getting these replaced since the TSB, or is something else funny going on in the global ABC pulsation damper market?

2. Where are the pictures?! Pleeeaassseeeeeee I want to DIY this, and having these pictures will probably be very useful!
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Carbizindio seems like the pictures are no longer available. Would be nice if they were still available.

Fried chicken did you check http://www.autohausaz.com or http://www.ecstuning.com seems to me they were in the $150 to $170 range. There are actually (4) accumulators on the Mercedes S-Class with ABC suspension. On my car 2003 S500 the part numbers are 220 327 01 15 (2), 220 327 02 15 (1) and 220 320 04 15 (1). I believe the last one is the pulsation damper. It list on ecstuning for $164. and on autohausaz for $190. When you do your part number searches I have found that you get better results when there are no spacees left between the numbers.
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