Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129) 280 (129.058), MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129) 300 SL (129.060), MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129) 300 SL-24 (129.061), MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129) 320 (129.063), MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129) 500 (129.067), MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129) 500 SL (129.066), MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129) 600 (129.076), MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129) 60 AMG (129.067), MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129) 280 (129.059), MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129) 320 (129.064), MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129) 500 (129.068), MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129) 600 SL (129.076) View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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All the parts you need to replace – Suspension Ball Joint for SL (R129) and other MERCEDES-BENZ models
Tools
Replacement: ball joint – MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129). Tools you might need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
All-purpose cleaning spray
Ceramic grease
Torque wrench
Combination spanner #13
Combination spanner #19
Combination spanner #22
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 19
Drive socket # 22
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Tap wrench
Hammer
Flat chisel
Crow bar
Flat screwdriver
Ball joint puller set
Water pump pliers
Strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: ball joint – MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129). Tip from AUTODOC:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right ball joints.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: ball joint – MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129). Use the following procedure:
  1. Step 1
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
    Step 2
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    Loosen the wheel bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17. Use a tap wrench.
  2. Step 3
    Raise the car.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    If you are using a jack, make sure it rests on a flat surface without any unevenness.Be sure to additionally secure the car with jack stands.
    Step 4
    How to replace MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129) 500 SL 5.0 (129.066) 1990 Suspension Ball Joint - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: ball joint – MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129). Tip:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  3. Step 5
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    Remove the wheel.
  4. Step 6
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    Support the control arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  5. Step 7
    How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ SL 300 SL 3.0 (129.060) 1993 Suspension Ball Joint - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Install the coil spring compressor on the coil spring.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Use adapters and jaws of the appropriate size.The sping coils should be securely fixed with the coil spring compressor.Use high quality coil spring compressors.
  6. Step 8
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    Compress the spring.
    Replacement: ball joint – MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129). AUTODOC recommends:
    Be careful. The compressed spring is powerful and can cause injury if it comes loose.
  7. Step 9
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    Clean the fasteners of the stabilizer bush brackets. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  8. Step 10
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the stabilizer bush brackets. Use a combination spanner #13. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  9. Step 11
    Remove the fastening bolts.
    Step 12
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    Remove the stabilizer bush brackets.
  10. Step 13
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    Detach the anti-roll bar from the suspension arms.
  11. Step 14
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    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  12. Step 15
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    Make marks on the camber bolts.
  13. Step 16
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    Unscrew the front fastener of the control arm. Use a combination spanner #22. Use a drive socket #22. Use a ratchet wrench.
  14. Step 17
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    Unscrew the rear fastener of the control arm. Use a combination spanner #22. Use a drive socket #22. Use a ratchet wrench.
  15. Step 18
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Use a combination spanner #19. Use a drive socket #19. Use a ratchet wrench.
  16. Step 19
    How to change Suspension Ball Joint on SL R129 1989 - free PDF and video manuals
    Remove the fastening bolt.
  17. Step 20
    How to replace MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129) 500 SL 5.0 (129.066) 1990 Suspension Ball Joint - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Disconnect the ball joint from the steering knuckle. Use a flat metal-working chisel. Use a hammer. Use a crowbar.
  18. Step 21
    Remove the support from under the control arm.
    Step 22
    SL R129 300 SL-24 3.0 (129.061) 1991 Suspension Ball Joint replacement: free workshop manuals
    Remove the coil spring together with the coil spring compressor.
    Replacement: ball joint – MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129). AUTODOC experts recommend:
    While the spring is compressed, do not do any operations on it.
  19. Step 23
    Changing Suspension Ball Joint on MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129) 320 3.2 (129.063) 1992 by yourself
    Clean the ball joint. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  20. Step 24
    How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ SL 300 SL 3.0 (129.060) 1993 Suspension Ball Joint - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Remove the retaining ring from the ball joint boot. Use a flat screwdriver.
  21. Step 25
    How to replace Suspension Ball Joint on MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R129) 1994: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Remove the ball joint boot. Use a flat screwdriver.
  22. Step 26
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    Dismantle the ball joint. Use a ball joint puller set.
  23. Step 27
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    Clean the ball joint mounting seat. Use a wire brush. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  24. Step 28
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    Install a new ball joint. Use a ball joint puller set.
  25. Step 29
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    Install the spring together with the compressor.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Make sure that the coil spring is correctly positioned in its mounting seats.
  26. Step 30
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    Connect the ball joint to the steering knuckle.
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