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This replacement procedure can be used for:
MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170) 320 (170.465), MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170) 32 AMG Kompressor (170.466) View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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Tools
Replacement: coil springs – MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170). List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #17
Drive socket # 17
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Crow bar
Flat Screwdriver
Strut spring compressor
Water pump pliers
Wheel chock
Replacement: coil springs – MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170). AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • Replace both front shock absorbers at a time.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right shock absorbers of the front suspension.
  • Please note: all work on the car – MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170) – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  2. Step 2
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  3. Step 3
    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
    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-BENZ SLK (R170)
  4. Step 5
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    Remove the wheel.
  5. Step 6
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    Install the coil spring compressor on the coil spring.
    Replacement: coil springs – MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170). Tip:
    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 7
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    Compress the spring by turning the lead screw of the coil spring compressor. Use a combination spanner. The wrench size may vary depending on the spring compressor manufacturer.
    Replacement: coil springs – MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170). Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Compress the coil spring compressor until there is enough room to remove the spring. Do not compress the tool to the full: the spring coils must not touch each other. Be careful. The compressed spring is powerful and in case of disrupting ties, straightening, it can cause injury.
  7. Step 8
    Clean the shock absorber fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 9
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    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a combination spanner #17. Use a drive socket #17. Use a ratchet wrench.
  8. Step 10
    Detach the lower part of the shock absorber.
    Step 11
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    Pull down the suspension control arm. Use a crowbar.
  9. Step 12
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    Remove the coil spring together with the coil spring compressor. Use water pump pliers.
    Replacement: coil springs – MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170). AUTODOC recommends:
    While the spring is compressed, do not do any operations on it.
  10. Step 13
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    Secure the coil spring compressor on a work bench.
  11. Step 14
    Decompress the spring.
    Step 15
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    Take out the spring.
  12. Step 16
    Clean the coil spring mounting seats.
    Step 17
    Inspect the rubber mounts of the suspension spring. Replace if necessary.
    Step 18
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    Install a new coil spring on the coil spring compressor.
    Replacement: coil springs – MERCEDES-BENZ SLK (R170). AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Use adapters and jaws of the appropriate size.
  13. Step 19
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    Compress the spring.
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