Can anyone recommend an aftermarket source for exhaust resonators for '02
slk 320? One of mine has decided to start rattling on the inside and will
have to be replaced. (Sounds like a diesel tractor at 1200 rpm) Any
experience with aftermarket part? Anyone tried cutting out and bypassing
the resonators all together? Probably would increase the dBs substantially?
Are you sure you really need one? It is possible that one of your muffler
mount broke off and cause the rattling noise. MB exhaust system are super
duty and they usually last 9 years or so.
The only aftermarket unit I would buy are Eberspaecher (which is OEM) and
Well....I think so. Took it to a local muff shop and put it on the rack.
Everything seems solid and there's a distinct sharp rattling sound coming
from the area of the resonator on the passenger side I think. Looks like
the MB part is probably the whole ball of wax since it's a one piece pipe
rig coming off the cat converter.($$$) Car has 59K on it, but all the
exhaust sys and clamps still look brand new. Muffler guy beat around on the
pipes with a hammer and couldn't find any thing loose. I'm assuming that
the resonator is full of little tubes with some packing of some kind to
break up the sound. I'm thinking one of those tubes has come loose and is
vibrating against something in side there. Logical??
None of the parts sites I was able to google up showed the resonators as an
available part :( I'll google up Eberspaecher later today.
Not logical. Inside the resonator is two pipes or 4 pipes depending on how
many pipes goes in and how many goes out.
Muffler guys are not the expert... they are there to make sure you buy a new
muffler. Go to a MB specialist. I am willing to bet that a rubber mount fell
off and allows the muffler system to swing around. and that would shake the
connection loose at the cat and cause rattling noise.
MB muffler in my experience last around 130,000+miles
FYI in case you have the same problem. Someone suggested that the
"resonators" were actually 2ndary catalytic converters. Went to the dealer
and sure enough. Good news about that is that they are covered under the
EPA mandated 8 yr 80K warranty. Hope this helps someone who may have the
I have not done it yet, I was hoping you would tell me :)
This guy did it on an SLK32. Mine is a lowly 320, no turbo.
My sense from reading the article is that the only change is a bit
more throat to the exhaust (you are not removing the muffler, just the
As soon as I need exhaust work (mine is a 2001 and only has 40K on
it). If it was a "tractor" and I had a choice between replacing and
removing the resonator, I would definitely try removing it first. My
personal taste tells me mine could easily be more throaty and still
not even close to obnoxious. I also think at speed the increased sound
would go away almost completely as it does with the resonator.
I am also thinking there is little to no backpressure on the exhaust
now, so I would not expect any problems or even the computer to notice
I would also be soliciting experience and opinion as you are before
doing it, which is why I posted that link.
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