Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 270 CDI (211.016), MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class T-modell (S211) E 270 T CDI (211.216)

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change a front shock strut on MERCEDES-BENZ (W211) E-Class [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

Replacement: suspension strut – Mercedes W211. List of the tools you'll need:
Replacement: suspension strut – Mercedes W211. List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Torque wrench
Combination spanner #21
HEX bit No.H6.
HEX bit No.H12.
Drive socket # 10
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 17
Drive socket # 18
Drive socket # E18
Drive socket # 21
Shock absorber socket #DD6
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Crow bar
Hammer
Pin punch
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Fender cover
Wheel chock
All the parts you need to replace – Shock Absorber for E-Class Saloon (W211) and other MERCEDES-BENZ models
How to change Shock Absorber on Mercedes W211 E 220 CDI 2.2 (211.006) – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Shock Absorber
How to change Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 270 CDI (211.016) – tips for proper car maintenance
MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 270 CDI (211.016)
Simple DIY car repair steps – Replacing Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class T-modell (S211) E 270 T CDI (211.216)
MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class T-modell (S211) E 270 T CDI (211.216)
Replacement: suspension strut – Mercedes W211. AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • 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 W211. Recommended sequence of steps:
  1. How to change Shock Absorber on Mercedes W211 2002 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 1
    Open the bonnet.
  2. How to replace MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 220 CDI 2.2 (211.006) 2003 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 2
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
  3. Mercedes W211 E 270 CDI 2.7 (211.016) 2004 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 3
    Clean the fasteners of the shock strut upper mount. Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
  4. Changing Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 220 CDI 2.2 (211.008) 2005 by yourself
    Step 4
    Loosen the upper fastener of the shock strut mount.Use a drive socket #13.Use a ratchet wrench.
  5. How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS E 280 CDI 3.0 (211.020) 2006 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 5
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
    Step 6
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
  6. How to replace Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) 2007: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 7
    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  7. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Mercedes W211 E 320 CDI 3.0 (211.022) 2008 - download illustrated guide
    Step 8
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. Mercedes W211
  8. Need to know how to renew Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS ? This free workshop manual will help you to do it yourself
    Step 9
    Remove the wheel.
  9. Changing of Shock Absorber on Mercedes W211 2002 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Step 10
    Undo the fasteners of the oil pan lower cover.Use a drive socket #10.Use a ratchet wrench.
  10. MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS E 200 CDI 2.2 (211.007) Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 11
    Remove the oil pan cover.
  11. Replacing Shock Absorber on Mercedes W211 2004 E 220 CDI 2.2 (211.006) by yourself
    Step 12
    Clean all joints of the arm.Clean the shock strut fasteners.Clean the stabiliser link fasteners.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Mercedes W211. Tip:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  12. E-Class Saloon (W211) E 280 CDI 3.0 (211.020) 2005 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 13
    Unscrew the fastener connecting the shock strut to the suspension control arm.Use a combination spanner #21.Use a drive socket #21.Use a ratchet wrench.
  13. How to change Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) 2006 - tips and tricks
    Step 14
    Unscrew the arm fastening from the subframe.Use a combination spanner #21.Use a drive socket #E18.Use a ratchet wrench.
  14. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Mercedes W211 2007 E 280 CDI 3.0 (211.020) Shock Absorber
    Step 15
    Remove the fastening bolt.
  15. DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 320 CDI 3.2 (211.026) 2008 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Step 16
    Detach the control arm.Use a crowbar.
  16. How to change Shock Absorber on Mercedes W211 2002 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 17
    Remove the fastening bolt. Use a pin punch.Use a hammer.
  17. How to replace MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 220 CDI 2.2 (211.006) 2003 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 18
    Detach the bottom part of the shock strut.Use a crowbar.
  18. Mercedes W211 E 270 CDI 2.7 (211.016) 2004 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 19
    Unscrew the fastener connecting the stabilizer link to the stabilizer bar.Use a combination spanner #21.Use HEX No.H12.Use a ratchet wrench.
  19. Changing Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 220 CDI 2.2 (211.008) 2005 by yourself
    Step 20
    Remove the stabilizer rod.
  20. How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS E 280 CDI 3.0 (211.020) 2006 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 21
    Unscrew the top fastening of the shock strut mount.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the suspension strut while unscrewing the fastening bolts. Mercedes W211
  21. How to replace Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) 2007: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 22
    Remove the suspension strut.
  22. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Mercedes W211 E 320 CDI 3.0 (211.022) 2008 - download illustrated guide
    Step 23
    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Mercedes W211. Professionals recommend:
    Note that when using a spring compressor, spring coils need to be securely gripped, compressing the spring on the opposite sides.Ensure the correct position of the spring in the retainer.Make sure that the spring coils tightly entered the lock handles.
  23. Need to know how to renew Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS ? This free workshop manual will help you to do it yourself
    Step 24
    Compress the spring.
  24. Changing of Shock Absorber on Mercedes W211 2002 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Step 25
    Remove the protective cap of the shock absorber mount.
    Step 26
    Treat the shock strut rod.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
  25. MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS E 200 CDI 2.2 (211.007) Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 27
    Remove the strut piston rod nut.Use a drive socket #17.Use HEX No.H6.Use a ratchet wrench.
  26. Replacing Shock Absorber on Mercedes W211 2004 E 220 CDI 2.2 (211.006) by yourself
    Step 28
    Remove the top strut mount.
  27. E-Class Saloon (W211) E 280 CDI 3.0 (211.020) 2005 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 29
    Release the coil spring.
  28. How to change Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) 2006 - tips and tricks
    Step 30
    Remove the spring.
  29. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Mercedes W211 2007 E 280 CDI 3.0 (211.020) Shock Absorber
    Step 31
    Remove the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – Mercedes W211. Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.
  30. DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 320 CDI 3.2 (211.026) 2008 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Step 32
    Remove the old shock absorber from the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Mercedes W211. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  31. How to change Shock Absorber on Mercedes W211 2002 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 33
    Install the new shock absorber on the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
  32. How to replace MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 220 CDI 2.2 (211.006) 2003 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 34
    Install the dust sleeve and the bump stop on the new shock absorber.
  33. Mercedes W211 E 270 CDI 2.7 (211.016) 2004 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 35
    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  34. Changing Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 220 CDI 2.2 (211.008) 2005 by yourself
    Step 36
    Compress the spring.
  35. How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS E 280 CDI 3.0 (211.020) 2006 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 37
    Install the upper strut mount and the strut mount bearing.
  36. How to replace Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) 2007: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 38
    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut.Use a shock absorber socket #DD6.Use a drive socket #18.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 58 Nm torque.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Mercedes W211. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  37. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Mercedes W211 E 320 CDI 3.0 (211.022) 2008 - download illustrated guide
    Step 39
    Decompress the spring.
  38. Need to know how to renew Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS ? This free workshop manual will help you to do it yourself
    Step 40
    Treat the shock strut rod.Use copper grease.
  39. Changing of Shock Absorber on Mercedes W211 2002 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Step 41
    Install the protective shock absorber mounting cap.
    Step 42
    Remove the assembled shock strut.
  40. MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS E 200 CDI 2.2 (211.007) Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 43
    Clean the mounting seats of the shock strut.
  41. Replacing Shock Absorber on Mercedes W211 2004 E 220 CDI 2.2 (211.006) by yourself
    Step 44
    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 45
    Install the shock strut into the wheel arch.
  42. E-Class Saloon (W211) E 280 CDI 3.0 (211.020) 2005 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 46
    Screw the top fastening of the shock strut mount.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the suspension strut while screwing in the fastening bolts. Mercedes W211
  43. How to change Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) 2006 - tips and tricks
    Step 47
    Ιnstall the transverse stabilizer link.
  44. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Mercedes W211 2007 E 280 CDI 3.0 (211.020) Shock Absorber
    Step 48
    Tighten the stabiliser link fastener.Use a combination spanner #21.Use HEX No.H12.Use a ratchet wrench.
  45. DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 320 CDI 3.2 (211.026) 2008 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Step 49
    Attach the bottom part of the shock strut.
    Step 50
    Install the fastening bolt.
  46. How to change Shock Absorber on Mercedes W211 2002 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 51
    Attach the control arm.
    Step 52
    Support the arm.Use a crowbar. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  47. How to replace MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 220 CDI 2.2 (211.006) 2003 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 53
    Install the fastening bolt.
  48. Mercedes W211 E 270 CDI 2.7 (211.016) 2004 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 54
    Remove the support from under the arm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – Mercedes W211. Lower the transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging components and mechanisms.
    Step 55
    Support the arm.Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  49. Changing Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 220 CDI 2.2 (211.008) 2005 by yourself
    Step 56
    Screw the fastener connecting the control arm to the subframe.Use a combination spanner #21.Use a drive socket #E18.Use a ratchet wrench.
  50. How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS E 280 CDI 3.0 (211.020) 2006 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 57
    Tighten the arm fastening to the subframe.Use a combination spanner #21.Use a drive socket #E18.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 76 nm torque.
  51. How to replace Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) 2007: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 58
    Tighten the fastener connecting the shock strut to the suspension control arm.Use a combination spanner #21.Use a drive socket #21.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 82 Nm torque.
  52. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Mercedes W211 E 320 CDI 3.0 (211.022) 2008 - download illustrated guide
    Step 59
    Tighten the fastener connecting the stabilizer link to the stabilizer bar.Use a drive socket #21.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 62 Nm torque.
  53. Need to know how to renew Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS ? This free workshop manual will help you to do it yourself
    Step 60
    Remove the support from under the arm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Mercedes W211 – Do not lower the transmission jack sharply to avoid damaging components and mechanisms of the car.
  54. Changing of Shock Absorber on Mercedes W211 2002 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Step 61
    Treat the shock strut fasteners.
  55. MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS E 200 CDI 2.2 (211.007) Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 62
    Treat all joints of the stabiliser link.
  56. Replacing Shock Absorber on Mercedes W211 2004 E 220 CDI 2.2 (211.006) by yourself
    Step 63
    Treat all joints of the arm.Use copper grease.
    Step 64
    Reinstall the oil pan lower cover.
  57. E-Class Saloon (W211) E 280 CDI 3.0 (211.020) 2005 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 65
    Tighten the fasteners of the oil pan lower cover.Use a drive socket #10.Use a ratchet wrench.
  58. How to change Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) 2006 - tips and tricks
    Step 66
    Treat the surface where the brake disc contacts the wheel rim. Use copper grease.
  59. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Mercedes W211 2007 E 280 CDI 3.0 (211.020) Shock Absorber
    Step 67
    Clean the brake disk surface.Use a brake cleaner.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – Mercedes W211. After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  60. DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 320 CDI 3.2 (211.026) 2008 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Step 68
    Install the wheel.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while screwing in the fastening bolts on the car. Mercedes W211
  61. How to change Shock Absorber on Mercedes W211 2002 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 69
    Screw in the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
  62. How to replace MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 220 CDI 2.2 (211.006) 2003 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 70
    Lower the car and working in a cross order, tighten the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 120 Nm torque.
  63. Mercedes W211 E 270 CDI 2.7 (211.016) 2004 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 71
    Remove the jacks and chocks.
  64. Changing Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) E 220 CDI 2.2 (211.008) 2005 by yourself
    Step 72
    Tighten the upper fastener of the shock absorber strut mount.Use a drive socket #13.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 37 Nm torque.
  65. How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS E 280 CDI 3.0 (211.020) 2006 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 73
    Treat the fasteners of the shock strut mount.Use copper grease.
  66. How to replace Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Saloon (W211) 2007: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 74
    Remove the fender protection cover.
  67. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Mercedes W211 E 320 CDI 3.0 (211.022) 2008 - download illustrated guide
    Step 75
    Close the hood.
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