Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 200 T (124.080), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 200 T (124.080), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 200 TE (124.081), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 200 TE, MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 230 TE Cat (124.083), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 230 TE (124.083), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 300 TE (124.090), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 300 TE (124.090), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 200 T D (124.180), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 200 T D (124.180), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 250 T D (124.185), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 250 T D (124.185), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 300 T D (124.190), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 300 T D (124.190), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 300 T D (124.190), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 300 TE-24 (124.091), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 260 TE FGST., MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 260 TE FGST., MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 220 TE (124.082), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 300 T Turbo-D, MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 300 T Turbo-D (124.193), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 320 TE (124.092), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 280 TE (124.088), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 200 TE (124.079), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 230 TE (124.083), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 200 E, MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 300 TD T, MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 250 TD Turbo (124.188), MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 300 TE-24 (124.091) View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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Tools
Replacement: suspension strut – MERCEDES-BENZ KOMBI Estate (S124). List of the tools you'll 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
HEX bit no.H6
HEX bit no.H7
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Tap wrench
Water pump pliers
Crow bar
Strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Fender cover
Wheel chock
Replacement: suspension strut – MERCEDES-BENZ KOMBI Estate (S124). Tip from AUTODOC experts:
  • Both shock struts of the front suspension should be replaced simultaneously.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right shock struts of the front suspension.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: suspension strut – MERCEDES-BENZ KOMBI Estate (S124). Use the following procedure:
  1. Step 1
    Open the bonnet.
    Step 2
    How to change Shock Absorber on Mercedes S124 (W124) 1985 - free PDF and video manuals
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
  2. Step 3
    How to replace MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 250 D 2.5 (124.185) 1986 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Clean the fasteners of the shock absorber upper mount. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  3. Step 4
    Mercedes S124 (W124) 300 3.0 Turbo Diesel (124.193) 1987 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Clean the shock absorber rod fastener. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  4. Step 5
    Changing Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 300 D 3.0 (124.190) 1988 by yourself
    Loosen the fasteners of the upper strut mount. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Don't unscrew it completely.
  5. Step 6
    How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ 123 SERIES 230 TE 2.3 (124.083) 1989 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Loosen the fastener of the strut piston rod. Use a combination spanner #22. Use HEX No.H7. Use a ratchet wrench.
    Replacement: suspension strut – MERCEDES-BENZ KOMBI Estate (S124). Tip:
    Don't unscrew it completely.
  6. Step 7
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
    Step 8
    How to replace Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 1990: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Loosen the wheel bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17. Use a tap wrench.
  7. Step 9
    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 10
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Mercedes S124 (W124) 230 TE Cat (124.083) 1991 - download illustrated guide
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. MERCEDES-BENZ KOMBI Estate (S124)
  8. Step 11
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    Remove the wheel.
  9. Step 12
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    Support the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  10. Step 13
    MERCEDES-BENZ 123 SERIES 250 D 2.5 (124.185) Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    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.
  11. Step 14
    Replacing Shock Absorber on Mercedes S124 (W124) 1986 250 D 2.5 (124.185) by yourself
    Compress the spring.
    Replacement: suspension strut – MERCEDES-BENZ KOMBI Estate (S124). AUTODOC recommends:
    Be careful. The compressed spring is powerful and can cause injury if it comes loose.
  12. Step 15
    W124 Estate (S124) 230 TE 2.3 (124.083) 1987 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Clean the shock absorber fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  13. Step 16
    How to change Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 1988 - tips and tricks
    Disconnect the wiring from the strut.
  14. Step 17
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Mercedes S124 (W124) 1989 230 TE 2.3 (124.083) Shock Absorber
    Unscrew the lower fasteners on the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #19. Use a ratchet wrench.
  15. Step 18
    DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 300 TE 3.0 (124.090) 1990 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Remove the fastening bolts.
  16. Step 19
    How to change Shock Absorber on Mercedes S124 (W124) 1985 - free PDF and video manuals
    Detach the strut from the steering knuckle. Use a crowbar.
  17. Step 20
    How to replace MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 250 D 2.5 (124.185) 1986 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Clean the fasteners of the stabilizer bush brackets. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  18. Step 21
    Mercedes S124 (W124) 300 3.0 Turbo Diesel (124.193) 1987 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Unscrew the fasteners of the stabilizer bush brackets. Use a combination spanner #13. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  19. Step 22
    Changing Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 300 D 3.0 (124.190) 1988 by yourself
    Remove the fastening bolts.
  20. Step 23
    How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ 123 SERIES 230 TE 2.3 (124.083) 1989 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Remove the stabilizer bush brackets.
  21. Step 24
    How to replace Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 1990: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Remove the coil spring together with the coil spring compressor.
    Replacement: suspension strut – MERCEDES-BENZ KOMBI Estate (S124). AUTODOC experts recommend:
    While the spring is compressed, do not do any operations on it.
  22. Step 25
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Mercedes S124 (W124) 230 TE Cat (124.083) 1991 - download illustrated guide
    Remove the fastener of the shock absorber piston rod. Use a combination spanner #22. Use HEX No.H7. Use a ratchet wrench.
  23. Step 26
    Need to know how to renew Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ 123 SERIES 1992? This free workshop manual will help you to do it yourself
    Unscrew the fasteners of the upper strut mount. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  24. Step 27
    Changing of Shock Absorber on Mercedes S124 (W124) 1993 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Remove the shock absorber.
  25. Step 28
    MERCEDES-BENZ 123 SERIES 250 D 2.5 (124.185) Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Remove the strut mount.
  26. Step 29
    Replacing Shock Absorber on Mercedes S124 (W124) 1986 250 D 2.5 (124.185) by yourself
    Remove the shock absorber dust boot and bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Carefully inspect the dust boot and bump stop of the suspension strut. Replace them if necessary.
  27. Step 30
    W124 Estate (S124) 230 TE 2.3 (124.083) 1987 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Decompress the spring.
  28. Step 31
    How to change Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 1988 - tips and tricks
    Install the coil spring compressor on the coil spring.
  29. Step 32
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Mercedes S124 (W124) 1989 230 TE 2.3 (124.083) Shock Absorber
    Compress the spring.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Be careful. The compressed spring is powerful and can cause injury if it comes loose.
  30. Step 33
    DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 300 TE 3.0 (124.090) 1990 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Clean the coil spring mounting seats. Use a wire brush. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  31. Step 34
    How to change Shock Absorber on Mercedes S124 (W124) 1985 - free PDF and video manuals
    Clean the shock absorber mounting seats. Use a wire brush. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  32. Step 35
    How to replace MERCEDES-BENZ W124 Estate (S124) 250 D 2.5 (124.185) 1986 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Clean the mounting seat of the suspension strut mount. Use a wire brush. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
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