This was covered a little in a previous thread however, I'm still looking
for a solution.
My '81 240D has a right rear wheel which does not track behind the front
wheel. It actually points about 2 degrees to the right. Tiger had given me
information which indicated it might have hit a curb hard at one time or
another. That could be the case as (after diligent checking) the left rear
wheel appears to be in line with the front. If the right side is actually
bent what is the best solution? Do I simply rig a system to straighten it
myself (I do have that capacity) or do I take it to a shop with equipment to
do the job on a frame machine? I have an engineering background and a large
shop at my house to do this but my questions is...will I place too much
stress on the bearing if I simply make a jig and bolt it to the axle end
where the tire mounts? I know I can make the bend with proper leverage but
don't want to ruin the bearing and/or carrier assembly. Hate to take a
rosebud torch to the trailing arm as there is a lot of other stuff in the
same area such as brakes, etc. Any suggestions?
Measure it so you know what the exact problem is. The M-B shop manuals
have dimensions, or measure these components on the other side or
another 123 model. Then you'll know where the defect is. And don't try
to bend anything or weld it, replace it with another piece, even if
that;s from a junked, not wrecked, car.
Removing the trailing arm means removing the rear subframe 'cause Benz put
the outer pivot bolt head towards the chassis. OR, cutting the head of the
bolt off with a torch and driving it out. Good luck in a junkyard.
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