Is anyone familiar with the front suspension on the W126 chassis
vehicles? I have an 86 300SDL with a VERY loud "clunk" that occurs
only when hitting a pothole or a joint in the concrete or pavement.
Only quick up and down movements of the front, driver's side wheel
causes the noise. The noise comes from the driver's side only.
I also feel a bad shimmy during light cornering to the right. No
problem when cornering left.
I have had the car on a lift and I have looked at every suspension
component on the car. I grabbed the front driver's side wheel and
yanked on it. Everything seems really tight. I even had my brother jump
up and down on the bumper. No noise... only "sharp" up and down
wheel movement causes the noise.
Has anyone else ever had this problem? I suspect it is a ball joint. I
just don't know which one typically goes bad...
It is a VERY annoying sound and it makes my Benz sound like it is built
Ford Taurus tough (No offense Ford owners).