Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170) 230 (170.449), MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170) 32 AMG Kompressor (170.466), MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170) 320 (170.465), MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170) 230 Kompressor (170.449), MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170) 200 Kompressor (170.444), MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170) 200 Kompressor (170.445), MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170) 230 Kompressor (170.447), MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170) 200 (170.435) View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

This video shows the replacement procedure of a similar car part on another vehicle

Tools
Replacement: ball joint – MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170). Tools you might need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Ceramic grease
Torque wrench
Combination spanner #22
Drive socket # 21
Drive socket # 22
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Tap wrench
Ball joint puller
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: ball joint – MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170). 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 SLK (R170). Recommended sequence of steps:
  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
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: ball joint – MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170). 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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    Clean the ball joint fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  5. Step 7
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Use a combination spanner #22.
  6. Step 8
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the ball joint to the suspension control arm. Use a drive socket #22. Use a ratchet wrench.
  7. Step 9
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    Disconnect the ball joint from the control arm. Use a ball joint puller.
  8. Step 10
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    Disconnect the ball joint from the steering knuckle. Use a ball joint puller.
  9. Step 11
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    Remove the ball joint.
  10. Step 12
    Support the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
    Step 13
    Clean the ball joint mounting seat. Use a wire brush.
    Step 14
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    Install a new ball joint.
  11. Step 15
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    Attach the ball joint to the control arm.
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