I am pretty sure the passenger side is not a MB axle, but I will crawl
under there and check.  Where are the stamping? On the shaft? Or someplace
else?

Kyle

On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 9:19 AM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

> You're missing the point, if its an MB axle (it'll be stamped) and the
> boot isn't torn, it ISN'T on the way out. If theres still grease in the
> joint its very unlikely to fail...
> -Curt
>
>       From: Kyle Arola <kylearola1...@gmail.com>
>  To: Curt Raymond <curtlud...@yahoo.com>; Mercedes Discussion List <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com>
>  Sent: Friday, January 13, 2017 9:15 AM
>  Subject: Re: [MBZ] Best Axle Choice
>
> And my problem with "Good Used" is how do I know who manufactured it?  And
> if I can tell it is a Mercedes axle, it may be on the way out already and I
> could be doing this job twice...  That would really bum me out!
>
> On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 9:13 AM, Kyle Arola <kylearola1...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> I have read that the rear bearings can be difficult/impossible for the
> home mechanic, but I will attempt them (after the special tool purchase)
> and see how far I get.  I would prefer to do the work myself as I don't
> trust most shops to care as much as I do, and my favorite mechanic has
> retired.... Bummer.
>
> Thanks!
> Kyle
>
> On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 9:06 AM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
>
> Rear wheel bearings are a big job, fronts are simple.
> Good used is your best bet, inspect the boot carefully, if its not torn
> it'll last thousands of miles. A "quality" rebuilt is a difficult quantity,
> what did they rebuild? I bet most of them are just a new boot and new
> grease or new boot, new balls, new grease...
> -Curt
>
>       From: Kyle Arola via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
>  To: Mercedes Discussion List <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> Cc: Kyle Arola <kylearola1...@gmail.com>
>  Sent: Friday, January 13, 2017 9:02 AM
>  Subject: Re: [MBZ] Best Axle Choice
>
> The boots are fine.
>
> It is the CV joint where it enters the hub that is going bad.  Knocking on
> left turns at speed currently from the right rear wheel area.  It is fairly
> easy to check the joint and I have done so and it needs a new one.  I did
> pull the wheel off and checked the bearings and such and they appear fine,
> tho I will most likely replace them as well just to be safe.  It is the CV
> joint.  For sure.
>
> Since this is my daily driver I am not interested in putting crappy parts
> on it.  I will get with a quality rebuilder and have a set done for me.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Kyle
>
> On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 8:36 AM, tyee165 via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com
> > wrote:
>
> > Isn't there a replacement boot Available? I recall a special tool to
> > stretch it.
> >
> >
> > Sent from my Galaxy TabĀ® A
> > -------- Original message --------From: Meade Dillon via Mercedes <
> > mercedes@okiebenz.com> Date: 2017-01-13  6:50 AM  (GMT-06:00) To:
> > Mercedes Discussion List <mercedes@okiebenz.com> Cc: Meade Dillon <
> > dillonm...@gmail.com> Subject: Re: [MBZ] Best Axle Choice
> > Can you describe the knocking?  The classic failing-axle-knock can be
> > varied by weaving back and forth at highway speed (assuming this is a
> > steady noise, not intermittent).  When you weave to the right the car is
> > loading up the left side axle, and so an increase in noise would indicate
> > the left side axle is going bad, so that would be the axle to change.
> >
> > If you simply are getting a knock due to irregularities in the road
> > surface, that probably isn't the axle.
> >
> > I would always get a good used original axle over a "new" or rebuild,
> > unless it was from the MB dealer.  Everything else has a pretty crappy
> > reputation.  As long as the boots don't fail, the original axles usually
> > last hundreds and hundreds of thousands of miles.
> >
> > -------------
> > Max
> > Charleston SC
> >
> > On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 7:44 AM, Kyle Arola via Mercedes <
> > mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >
> > > I promise I am not just replacing just to replace them... hahaha!  The
> > > right side of the car is beginning to knock a bit and I pulled the
> wheel
> > > off yesterday to verify that is what is making the noise.
> > >
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