LOL. I wish it were that simple! My ML had a horrible creaking noise that
sounded just like bad ball joints. After almost a dozen visits to the
dealer and even several calls to MBUSA, it still went uncorrected (MBUSA
told me to work through my dealer). I finally found out myself what it was.
The noise is in the front hood supports. When they get damp, they rub the
underside of the hood when there's a lost of body roll going on. Even
knowing this, they have been unable to resolve the issue. In fact, they
made it worse by lubricating the supports. It's in the shop again this
My dealer goes overboard (which is OK by me)
I bring my ML 320 in for something simple (bad window switch, sticky gas
pedal, etc...) and when I pick up the car 8 hours later, they have a list of
5 to 8 things they found defective and have repaired. They even wash and
vacuum the car.
I have learned that it pays to call ahead, get an appointment and a loaner
car so they have all day to look at your vehicle. In fact, last time I
dropped it off (rear windshield washer stopped working), they must have done
over $1000 worth of warranty work. This included replacing the insulation
inside the doors! In fact, they loaned me a C240 and they kept my car for 3
Sorry - I am reluctant to name names in a public forum lest the company be
charged with padding warranty work for prematurely replacing items that
still have some use.
That could change things considerably and I like things the way they are.
It sounds like you have the classic "Torsion Bar creak".
Ask you dealer or Service Advisor (SA) to check the Nylon Bushings where the
torsion bars meet the frame. They are probably completely worn and / or need
white silicone grease.
2000 ml320 has a clunking sound when going over uneven pavement such as a
driveway. the car has 33000 miles and is still under warrenty. my dealer
2 days trying to find the problem with very little success.
thank you in advance for any ideas
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Also, have them check the hood alignment, specifically the front supports
and the latch. I had a horrible creaking noise that entailed replacement of
almost the entire front suspension (under warranty, of course). It turned
out to be a loose hood latch. Remember that the ML is a body-on-frame
design, so the body does not necessarily flex with chassis movement. The
hood is attached to the body, but the latch and front supports are attached
to the frame.
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