The S430 4Matic was first introduced by Mercedes Benz in 2003 as an AWD luxury passenger car. It employed an all-wheel-drive drivetrain system to give it the off road advantage and the on road stability that owners of large four wheel drive vehicles enjoy. To achieve that performance, Mercedes installed two driveshafts and four axles on this W220 chassis, which was offered as a Sedan. There is a rear two-piece driveshaft and a short front one-piece drive shaft on this car.
Failure of the front drive shaft is common for the S430 4Matic. A vibration felt throughout the vehicle during speeds of over 30 mph is very common. The front driveshaft U joints will also show signs of rust when they are extremely bad. Quality S430 Drive shaft replacement is important for the correct function of this sport luxury vehicle.
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Mercedes Benz S430 4Matic Driveshaft Design
The front driveshaft is a straight tubular shaft with a U-Joint mounted on each end with a slip yoke in the middle for automatic length adjustment.
The rear driveshaft is a 2-piece shaft that connects the transmission to the rear differential and incorporates a center support in the middle with a slip yoke and a single U-Joint. There are also two Flex discs in the rear and front of the driveline which connect it to the transmission and differential.
For our S430 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 Mercedes, 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 S430 propeller shaft is made with 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. This gives 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.
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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 S430 drivetrain needs.
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