Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
MERCEDES-BENZ VITO Bus (638) 112 CDI 2.2 (638.194), MERCEDES-BENZ VITO Box (638) 112 CDI 2.2 (638.094), MERCEDES-BENZ V-Class (W638/2) V 200 CDI (638.294)

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to replace front suspension arm on MERCEDES-BENZ VITO 1 (W638) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

Required tools:
Required tools:
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
AUTODOC recommends:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right lower control arms.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. How to change Control Arm on Mercedes W638 Minibus 1996 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 1
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  2. How to replace MERCEDES-BENZ VITO Bus (638) 112 CDI 2.2 (638.194) 1997 Control Arm - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 2
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
  3. Mercedes W638 Minibus 108 CDI 2.2 (638.194) 1998 Control Arm replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 3
    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  4. Changing Control Arm on MERCEDES-BENZ VITO Bus (638) 110 CDI 2.2 (638.194) 1999 by yourself
    Step 4
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  5. How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ VITO 108 D 2.3 (638.164) 2000 Control Arm - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 5
    Remove the wheel.
  6. How to replace Control Arm on MERCEDES-BENZ VITO Bus (638) 2001: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 6
    Clean all joints of the arm.Use a wire brush.Treat all joints of the arm.Use WD-40 spray.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.Wear protective goggles.
  7. How hard is it to do yourself: Control Arm replacement on Mercedes W638 Minibus 113 2.0 (638.114, 638.194) 2002 - download illustrated guide
    Step 7
    Unscrew the ball joint fastening to the steering knuckle.Use a combination spanner #21 (2 pieces).
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    Step 8
    Unscrew and remove the wheel arch cover fasteners.Use a drive socket #8.Use a ratchet wrench.
  9. Changing of Control Arm on Mercedes W638 Minibus 1996 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Step 9
    Remove the wheel arch cover.
  10. MERCEDES-BENZ VITO 108 CDI 2.2 (638.194) Control Arm replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 10
    Unscrew the front arm fastener. Use a combination spanner #18.Use a drive socket #19.Use a ratchet wrench.
  11. Replacing Control Arm on Mercedes W638 Minibus 1998 112 CDI 2.2 (638.194) by yourself
    Step 11
    Remove the fastening bolt. Use a crowbar.
  12. VITO Bus (638) 108 D 2.3 (638.164) 1999 Control Arm DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 12
    Unscrew the rear arm fastener. Use a combination spanner #21.Use a drive socket #19.Use a ratchet wrench.
  13. How to change Control Arm on MERCEDES-BENZ VITO Bus (638) 2000 - tips and tricks
    Step 13
    Clean the fastener connecting the ball joint to the steering knuckle.Use WD-40 spray.
  14. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Mercedes W638 Minibus 2001 108 D 2.3 (638.164) Control Arm
    Step 14
    Release the fastener connecting the ball joint to the steering knuckle.Use a flat metal-working chisel.Use a hammer.
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    Step 15
    Disconnect the spherical joint from the arm.Use a crowbar.
  16. How to change Control Arm on Mercedes W638 Minibus 1996 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 16
    Remove the arm.Use a crowbar.
  17. How to replace MERCEDES-BENZ VITO Bus (638) 112 CDI 2.2 (638.194) 1997 Control Arm - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 17
    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm. Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
  18. Mercedes W638 Minibus 108 CDI 2.2 (638.194) 1998 Control Arm replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 18
    Install a new arm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    During the installation process, use only new bolts and nuts.Do not damage the ball joint cover.
  19. Changing Control Arm on MERCEDES-BENZ VITO Bus (638) 110 CDI 2.2 (638.194) 1999 by yourself
    Step 19
    Connect the ball joint to the steering knuckle
  20. How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ VITO 108 D 2.3 (638.164) 2000 Control Arm - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 20
    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  21. How to replace Control Arm on MERCEDES-BENZ VITO Bus (638) 2001: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 21
    Take the flat chisel out of the steering knuckle.
  22. How hard is it to do yourself: Control Arm replacement on Mercedes W638 Minibus 113 2.0 (638.114, 638.194) 2002 - download illustrated guide
    Step 22
    Install the fastening bolt. Do not tighten it.
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    Step 23
    Screw the rear arm fastener. Use a drive socket #19.Use a combination spanner #21.Use a ratchet wrench.
  24. Changing of Control Arm on Mercedes W638 Minibus 1996 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Step 24
    Raise the hydraulic transmission jack by 10-15 cm.
  25. MERCEDES-BENZ VITO 108 CDI 2.2 (638.194) Control Arm replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 25
    Tighten the front fastener connecting the control arm to the subframe. Use a drive socket #19.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 95 nm torque.
  26. Replacing Control Arm on Mercedes W638 Minibus 1998 112 CDI 2.2 (638.194) by yourself
    Step 26
    Tighten the rear fastener of the control arm.Use a drive socket #19.Use a combination spanner #21.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 90 nm torque.
  27. VITO Bus (638) 108 D 2.3 (638.164) 1999 Control Arm DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 27
    Tighten the ball joint fastener. Use a combination spanner #21.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 50 nm torque.
  28. How to change Control Arm on MERCEDES-BENZ VITO Bus (638) 2000 - tips and tricks
    Step 28
    Remove the support from under the arm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging assemblies and mechanisms.
  29. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Mercedes W638 Minibus 2001 108 D 2.3 (638.164) Control Arm
    Step 29
    Treat all joints of the arm.Use copper grease.
  30. DIY replacement of Control Arm on MERCEDES-BENZ VITO Bus (638) 110 TD 2.3 (638.174) 2002 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Step 30
    Install the wheel arch cover to its mounting seat.
  31. How to change Control Arm on Mercedes W638 Minibus 1996 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 31
    Install and tighten the wheel arch cover fasteners.Use a drive socket #8.Use a ratchet wrench.
  32. How to replace MERCEDES-BENZ VITO Bus (638) 112 CDI 2.2 (638.194) 1997 Control Arm - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 32
    Clean the wheel rim mounting seat. Use a wire brush.Treat the contacting surface.Use copper grease.
  33. Mercedes W638 Minibus 108 CDI 2.2 (638.194) 1998 Control Arm replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 33
    Install the wheel.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts.
  34. Changing Control Arm on MERCEDES-BENZ VITO Bus (638) 110 CDI 2.2 (638.194) 1999 by yourself
    Step 34
    Screw in the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
  35. How to remove MERCEDES-BENZ VITO 108 D 2.3 (638.164) 2000 Control Arm - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 35
    Lower the car and working in a cross order, tighten the wheel bolts.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 112 nm torque.
  36. How to replace Control Arm on MERCEDES-BENZ VITO Bus (638) 2001: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 36
    Remove the jacks and chocks.
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