Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 180 (203.035), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 200 Kompressor (203.045), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 320 (203.064), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 200 CDI (203.004), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 270 CDI (203.016), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 220 CDI (203.006, 203.008), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 200 CDI (203.004), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 180 Kompressor (203.046), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 200 Kompressor (203.042), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 200 CDI (203.007), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 200 CGI Kompressor (203.043), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 230 Kompressor (203.040), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 220 CDI (203.008), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 320 CDI (203.020), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 280 (203.054), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 350 (203.056), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 230 (203.052), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 220 CDI (203.006), MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 270 CDI (203.016) View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change rear shock absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ W203 C-Class [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: shock absorbers – Mercedes W203. Tools you need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
All-purpose cleaning spray
Copper grease
Torque wrench
Combination spanner #16
Combination spanner #17
Drive socket # 10
Drive socket # 16
Torx bit T40
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Shock absorber socket #DD6
Clip removal tool
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: shock absorbers – Mercedes W203. AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • Both shock absorbers of the rear suspension should be replaced simultaneously.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right shock absorbers of the rear suspension.
  • Warning! Shut down the engine before starting any work – Mercedes W203.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
    How to change Shock Absorber on Mercedes W203 2000 - free PDF and video manuals
    Open the boot lid.
  2. Step 2
    How to replace MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 220 CDI (203.006, 203.008) 2001 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Raise the lower lining of the boot.
  3. Step 3
    Mercedes W203 C 180 1.8 Kompressor (203.046) 2002 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Fold down the backrests of the rear seats.
  4. Step 4
    Changing Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 200 CDI (203.004) 2003 by yourself
    Unscrew the fastener of the central protective plastic panel. Use Torx T40. Use a ratchet wrench.
  5. Step 5
    How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS C 200 CDI 2.2 (203.007) 2004 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Remove the central protective plastic panel.
  6. Step 6
    How to replace Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) 2005: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Remove the clips of the boot side lining. Use a clip removal tool.
  7. Step 7
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    Remove the headlight rear cover.
  8. Step 8
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    Remove the boot side lining.
  9. Step 9
    Changing of Shock Absorber on Mercedes W203 2000 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Clean the shock absorber fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  10. Step 10
    MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS C 200 1.8 Kompressor (203.042) Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Unscrew the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a combination spanner #17. Use a shock absorber socket #DD6. Use a ratchet wrench.
  11. Step 11
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
    Step 12
    Replacing Shock Absorber on Mercedes W203 2002 C 220 CDI (203.006, 203.008) by yourself
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  12. Step 13
    C-Class Saloon (W203) C 200 CDI 2.2 (203.007) 2003 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
  13. Step 14
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. Mercedes W203
  14. Step 15
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    Remove the wheel.
  15. Step 16
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the control arm plastic cover. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  16. Step 17
    How to change Shock Absorber on Mercedes W203 2000 - free PDF and video manuals
    Remove the control arm plastic cover.
  17. Step 18
    How to replace MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 220 CDI (203.006, 203.008) 2001 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Clean the shock absorber fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  18. Step 19
    Mercedes W203 C 180 1.8 Kompressor (203.046) 2002 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a combination spanner #16. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  19. Step 20
    Changing Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) C 200 CDI (203.004) 2003 by yourself
    Remove the fastening bolt.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the shock absorber while unscrewing the fastening bolts. Mercedes W203
  20. Step 21
    How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS C 200 CDI 2.2 (203.007) 2004 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Remove the shock absorber.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: shock absorbers – Mercedes W203. Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.
  21. Step 22
    How to replace Shock Absorber on MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Saloon (W203) 2005: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Clean the shock absorber mounting seats. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – Mercedes W203. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  22. Step 23
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    Place the shock absorber in the wheel arch and secure it.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the shock absorber while screwing in the fastening bolts. Mercedes W203
  23. Step 24
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    Install the fastening bolt.
  24. Step 25
    Changing of Shock Absorber on Mercedes W203 2000 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Screw in the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a combination spanner #16. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  25. Step 26
    MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS C 200 1.8 Kompressor (203.042) Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Support the control arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  26. Step 27
    Replacing Shock Absorber on Mercedes W203 2002 C 220 CDI (203.006, 203.008) by yourself
    Tighten the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a combination spanner #16. Use a drive socket #16. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 55 Nm torque.
  27. Step 28
    C-Class Saloon (W203) C 200 CDI 2.2 (203.007) 2003 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Remove the support from under the control arm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: shock absorbers – Mercedes W203. Lower the transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging components and mechanisms.
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