Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
MERCEDES-BENZ M-Class (W163) ML 350, MERCEDES-BENZ M-Class (W163) ML 350 (163.157), MERCEDES-BENZ M-Class (W163) ML 500 (163.175), MERCEDES-BENZ M-Class (W163) ML 400 CDI (163.128), MERCEDES-BENZ M-Class (W163) ML 55 AMG (163.174), MERCEDES-BENZ M-Class (W163) ML 430 (163.172), MERCEDES-BENZ M-Class (W163) ML 230 (163.136), MERCEDES-BENZ M-Class (W163) ML 320 (163.154) View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change front ball joint on MERCEDES ML W163 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: ball joint – Mercedes ML W163. List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Sealant
All-purpose cleaning spray
Brake cleaner
Multipurpose grease
Copper grease
Torque wrench
Combination spanner #12
Combination spanner #19
Combination spanner #22
Drive socket # 10
Drive socket # 12
Drive socket # 22
Drive socket # 36
HEX bit No.H5
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Pin wrench socket
Ball joint puller
Flat Screwdriver
Pin punch
Hammer
Tap wrench
Rubber mallet
Impact screwdriver
Bush and bearing driver set
Hydraulic transmission jack
Crow bar
Wheel chock
Replacement: ball joint – Mercedes ML W163. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right ball joints.
  • Please note: all work on the car – Mercedes ML W163 – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
    Step 2
    How to change Suspension Ball Joint on ML W163 1998 - free PDF and video manuals
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  2. Step 3
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    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  3. Step 4
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. Mercedes ML W163
  4. Step 5
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    Remove the wheel.
  5. Step 6
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    Loosen the fastener of the driveshaft. Use a drive socket #36. Use a tap wrench.
  6. Step 7
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    Remove the fastening nut.
  7. Step 8
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    Treat the splines of the driveshaft CV joint. Use WD-40 spray.
  8. Step 9
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    Detach the driveshaft from the steering knuckle. Use a pin punch. Use a hammer.
    Replacement: ball joint – Mercedes ML W163. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Make sure that the drive shaft is not unloaded (when the car is jacked).
  9. Step 10
    Changing of Suspension Ball Joint on ML W163 1998 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Clean the ABS wiring harness bracket. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  10. Step 11
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    Detach the ABS wiring harness bracket. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  11. Step 12
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    Spread the brake pads. Use a crowbar.
  12. Step 13
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    Clean the brake caliper bracket fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  13. Step 14
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    Unscrew the caliper bracket fastening. Use a drive socket #22. Use a ratchet wrench. Use a tap wrench.
  14. Step 15
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    Remove the brake caliper together with its bracket.
    Replacement: ball joint – Mercedes ML W163. Professionals recommend:
    Tie the caliper to the suspension or to the body with a wire without disconnecting from the brake hose to prevent depressurization of the brake system.Make sure that the brake caliper is not hanging on the brake hose.Don't press the brake pedal after the brake caliper has been removed. As a result, the piston can fall out from the brake cylinder, and brake fluid leakage and depressurization of the system may occur. Check the brake caliper bracket, brake caliper guide pins and boots. Clean them. Replace, if necessary.
  15. Step 16
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    Disconnect the ABS sensor wiring.
  16. Step 17
    How to change Suspension Ball Joint on ML W163 1998 - free PDF and video manuals
    Clean the fastener connecting the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  17. Step 18
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    Unscrew the fastener that connects the ball joint of the upper arm to the steering knuckle. Use a combination spanner #19.
  18. Step 19
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    Detach the upper arm ball joint from the steering knuckle. Use a ball joint puller.
  19. Step 20
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    Clean the brake disc fastener. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  20. Step 21
    How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ M-CLASS ML 430 4.3 (163.172) 2002 Suspension Ball Joint - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Unscrew the brake disc fastening. Use HEX No.H5. Use an impact screwdriver.
  21. Step 22
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    Remove the brake disc. Use a rubber mallet.
  22. Step 23
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    Clean the fasteners of the brake disc cover. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  23. Step 24
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the brake disc cover. Use a combination spanner #12.
  24. Step 25
    Changing of Suspension Ball Joint on ML W163 1998 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Remove the brake disc cover.
  25. Step 26
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    Clean the fastener connecting the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  26. Step 27
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    Unscrew the ball joint fastening to the steering knuckle. Use the pin wrench socket. Use a tap wrench.
  27. Step 28
    M-Class (W163) ML 430 4.3 (163.172) 2001 Suspension Ball Joint DIY replacement workshop manual
    Clean the fastener connecting the tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  28. Step 29
    How to change Suspension Ball Joint on MERCEDES-BENZ M-Class (W163) 2002 - tips and tricks
    Unscrew the end fastening nut to the steering knuckle. Use a drive socket #22. Use a ratchet wrench.
  29. Step 30
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement ML W163 2003 ML 430 4.3 (163.172) Suspension Ball Joint
    Disconnect the tie rod end from the steering knuckle. Use a ball joint puller.
  30. Step 31
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    Prop up the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  31. Step 32
    How to change Suspension Ball Joint on ML W163 1998 - free PDF and video manuals
    Clean the ABS sensor fastener. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  32. Step 33
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the ABS sensor to the steering knuckle. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  33. Step 34
    ML W163 ML 320 3.2 (163.154) 2000 Suspension Ball Joint replacement: free workshop manuals
    Disconnect the ABS sensor.
  34. Step 35
    Changing Suspension Ball Joint on MERCEDES-BENZ M-Class (W163) ML 55 AMG 5.4 (163.174) 2001 by yourself
    Clean the fastener connecting the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  35. Step 36
    How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ M-CLASS ML 430 4.3 (163.172) 2002 Suspension Ball Joint - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Unscrew the fastener that connects the ball joint of the lower arm to the steering knuckle. Use a combination spanner #22.
  36. Step 37
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    Remove the support from under the steering knuckle.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: ball joint – Mercedes ML W163. Lower the transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging components and mechanisms.
  37. Step 38
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    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  38. Step 39
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    Detach the upper control arm from the steering knuckle.
  39. Step 40
    Detach the lower arm ball joint from the steering knuckle. Use a ball joint puller.
    Step 41
    Changing of Suspension Ball Joint on ML W163 1998 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Remove the steering knuckle together with the ball joint. Use a ball joint puller.
  40. Step 42
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    Clean the ball joint mounting seat. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  41. Step 43
    Replacing Suspension Ball Joint on ML W163 2000 ML 270 CDI 2.7 (163.113) by yourself
    Remove the ball joint from the steering knuckle. Use a bush and bearing driver set.
  42. Step 44
    M-Class (W163) ML 430 4.3 (163.172) 2001 Suspension Ball Joint DIY replacement workshop manual
    Clean the ball joint mounting seat. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  43. Step 45
    How to change Suspension Ball Joint on MERCEDES-BENZ M-Class (W163) 2002 - tips and tricks
    Install the ball joint on the steering knuckle. Use a bush and bearing driver set.
  44. Step 46
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement ML W163 2003 ML 430 4.3 (163.172) Suspension Ball Joint
    Screw the fastener connecting the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Use the pin wrench socket. Use a tap wrench.
  45. Step 47
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    Unscrew the ball joint fastening to the steering knuckle. Use the pin wrench socket. Use a tap wrench.
  46. Step 48
    How to change Suspension Ball Joint on ML W163 1998 - free PDF and video manuals
    Clean the ball joint fasteners. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  47. Step 49
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    Treat the fasteners of the ball joint. Use a sealant.
  48. Step 50
    ML W163 ML 320 3.2 (163.154) 2000 Suspension Ball Joint replacement: free workshop manuals
    Tighten the fastener connecting the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Use the pin wrench socket. Use a torque wrench. Observe the recommended tightening torque.
  49. Step 51
    Changing Suspension Ball Joint on MERCEDES-BENZ M-Class (W163) ML 55 AMG 5.4 (163.174) 2001 by yourself
    Clean the splines of the drive shaft CV joint. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  50. Step 52
    How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ M-CLASS ML 430 4.3 (163.172) 2002 Suspension Ball Joint - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Clean the steering knuckle mounting seats. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  51. Step 53
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    Install the steering knuckle together with the ball joint.
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