2000 Mercedes E430 4Matic
Photos of front bearing, lower ball joint, and half-shaft replacement.One photo shows inboard inner race and areas where spalling occurred on left side. Lower ball joints, bearings, and half shafts were replaced during repairs. A press is required for removal and installation of wheel bearing. One bearing on each side, part numbers are the same. A piece of EMT conduit was used on the torsion bar so lower control arm could be moved to allow clearance for half-shaft removal and installation. The lower control arm was moved downward with a rolling wedge bar. Be sure to remove the 17mm nut past the locking crimps before separating top ball joint from bearing housing arm. A 5mm hex key is useful when removing lower ball joint. The bearing housing interior was polished with a brass wire wheel. The snap ring groove was also cleaned with wire wheel. Anti-sieze compound was used on hub protusion where rotor rests. Metric sockets and wrenches up to 27mm were used. A 5mm hex key, T40, T45 Torx were used in addition to a pair of large snap ring pliers.