Mercedes Benz introduced the S500 4Matic in 2003 as an AWD sport 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 larger four wheel drive vehicles are accustom too. To achieve that, Mercedes installed 4 axles and two drive shafts on this W220 chassis, a rear two-piece driveshaft and a short front drive shaft.
Failure of the front drive shaft is common for the S500 4Matic. A vibration felt throughout the vehicle during speeds of over 30 mph and during takeoff is very common. The front driveshaft U joints will also show signs of rust when they are extremely bad. Quality S500 Drive shaft replacement is important for the correct function of this sport luxury vehicle.
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Mercedes Benz S500 4Matic Driveshaft Design
The front driveshaft is a straight tubular shaft with a U-Joint mounted on each end and a slip yoke in the middle for automatic length adjustment during installation.
The rear driveshaft is a 2-piece shaft that connects the transmission to the rear differential. It incorporates a center support in the middle with a slip yoke and a single U-Joint. There are also two Flex discs that connect to the rear and to the front of the driveline there by connecting it to the transmission and differential.
We have made the following improvements on our S500 4Matic front driveshaft to overcome 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 feature is a propriety design for our front drive shaft.
Our S500 propeller shaft is made using state of the art machinery, and it is an OEM Fitment product. All of our driveshafts are speed balanced at 3500 RPM, they 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. This is something the competition more than likely will 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! 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 S500 needs.
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