The E430 4Matic was designed by Mercedes Benz starting in model year 1999. It was offered both as a Sedan and a Wagon with an all-wheel drive drivetrain system. This set up gave it an off road advantage and an on road stability in rain and snow conditions. To achieve that Mercedes installed 2 driveshafts and four axles on this W210 chassis. The rear is a long two-piece driveshaft that connects the transmission to the rear differential, and the front is a short one-piece drive shaft that connects the transfer case to the front differential.
Failure of the front drive shaft is common for the E430 4Matic. A vibration during takeoff and at speeds of over 30 mph is very common. The front driveshaft U joints will also show signs of play and rust when they are extremely bad. High quality E430 Drive shaft replacement is crucial for the correct function of this vehicle.
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Mercedes Benz E430 4Matic Driveshaft Design
Front Drive Shaft
This is a straight tubular shaft with a single U-Joint mounted on each end and a slip yoke in the middle of the driveshaft.
Rear Drive Shaft
A 2-piece driveshaft connects the transmission to the rear differential. It incorporates a center support in the middle, with a slip yoke and a single U-Joint. A Flex joint in the rear and in the front connect this driveshaft to the transmission.
For our E430 4Matic front driveshaft we made the following improvements and changes over the weak original design:
- Redesign of the front and rear flanges to accommodate U joints that are replaceable, unlike the original which are not. This gives you the advantage of being able to replace just the joint, and not the whole driveline itself, in case of a failure.
- The slip yoke has larger wider splines to handle more stress and eliminate play. This is a propriety design for our front drive shaft.
Our E430 propeller shaft is made by state of the art machinery and It is an OEM Fitment product. All our driveshafts are speed balanced at 3,500 RPM and are built to last and perform to give you long lasting operation and vibration free product.
All replacement parts, such as U-joints, center support bearing and front nose bushing, are available from us at a low cost. Replacing these parts is something you may want to consider in case of a future breakdown after the warranty ends, and it is something the competition may not be able to help you with.
Drive Shaft Technical Support
If you have any technical questions or a driveshaft problem and need advice, please Contact Us. We will be glad to help! Our tech support staff includes a Mercedes Benz Master technician with over 30 years of experience who is here to help with your Mercedes E430 drivetrain needs.
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