Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
MERCEDES-BENZ V-Class (W638/2) V 220 CDI (638.294), MERCEDES-BENZ V-Class (W638/2) V 200 CDI (638.294), MERCEDES-BENZ V-Class (W638/2) V 200 (638.214, 638.294), MERCEDES-BENZ V-Class (W638/2) V 280 (638.244, 638.294), MERCEDES-BENZ V-Class (W638/2) V 230 (638.234, 638.294), MERCEDES-BENZ V-Class (W638/2) V 230 TD (638.274) View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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Tools
Replacement: front lower arm – MERCEDES-BENZ V-CLASS (638/2). List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Copper grease
Drive socket # 8
Drive socket # 19
Combination spanner #18
Combination spanner #21
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Flat chisel
Hammer
Crow bar
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: front lower arm – MERCEDES-BENZ V-CLASS (638/2). AUTODOC recommends:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right lower control arms.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: front lower arm – MERCEDES-BENZ V-CLASS (638/2). Use the following procedure:
  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:
    Important! Hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. MERCEDES-BENZ V-CLASS (638/2)
  4. Step 5
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    Remove the wheel.
  5. Step 6
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    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush. Treat all joints of the arm. Use WD-40 spray.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: front lower arm – MERCEDES-BENZ V-CLASS (638/2). After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.Wear protective goggles.
  6. Step 7
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    Unscrew the ball joint fastening to the steering knuckle. Use a combination spanner #21 (2 pieces).
  7. Step 8
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    Unscrew and remove the wheel arch cover fasteners. Use a drive socket #8. Use a ratchet wrench.
  8. Step 9
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    Remove the wheel arch cover.
  9. Step 10
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    Unscrew the front arm fastener. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a drive socket #19. Use a ratchet wrench.
  10. Step 11
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    Remove the fastening bolt. Use a crowbar.
  11. Step 12
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    Unscrew the rear arm fastener. Use a combination spanner #21. Use a drive socket #19. Use a ratchet wrench.
  12. Step 13
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    Clean the fastener connecting the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Use WD-40 spray.
  13. Step 14
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    Release the fastener connecting the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Use a flat metal-working chisel. Use a hammer.
  14. Step 15
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    Disconnect the spherical joint from the arm. Use a crowbar.
  15. Step 16
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    Remove the arm. Use a crowbar.
  16. Step 17
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    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  17. Step 18
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    Install a new arm.
    Replacement: front lower arm – MERCEDES-BENZ V-CLASS (638/2). AUTODOC experts recommend:
    During the installation process, use only new bolts and nuts.Do not damage the ball joint cover.
  18. Step 19
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    Connect the ball joint to the steering knuckle.
  19. Step 20
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    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  20. Step 21
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    Take the flat chisel out of the steering knuckle.
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