Alignment Specifications for a Mercedes Benz

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Alignment Specifications for a Mercedes Benz
Mercedes Benz introduced the S class chassis in 1973, which has 10 degrees of caster. (Front-light of black mercedes image by Mladenov from Fotolia.com)

Wheel alignment in a Mercedes Benz affects the ride and performance more so than it would in a U.S. domestic car. Not only do these vehicles have higher caster values, but camber values are determined with a height versus camber chart, which is available through your Mercedes Benz's repair information software.

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SLK 230 Specifications

For the 2000 SLK 230 Mercedes Benz model, the wheelbase is 94.5 inches. The tread width of the front is 58.5 inches, and in the rear it is 58.5 inches. For alignment specifications, the caster should be 5.96 degrees with a margin of error of 0.50 degrees. The camber in the front should be -1.27 degrees with a margin of error of 0.33 degrees. In the rear, the camber should be -1.25 degrees with a margin of error of 0.50 degrees. In addition, the toe-in of the front end of the SLK 230 should be 0.16 inches with a margin of error of 0.08 inches, or 0.33 degrees with a margin of error of 0.16 degrees. The rear end's toe-in should be 0.28 inches with a margin of error of 0.06 inches, or 0.55 degrees with a margin of error of 0.12. The turning angle of the outside wheel should be 18.58, and 20 for the inside wheel.

ML320 and ML430 Model Specifications

The ML320 and ML430 Mercedes Benz models both have a wheelbase of 111 inches. The tread width in the front and rear is 62 inches. The caster should be 6.10 degrees with a margin of error of 0.50 degrees. For the front of the vehicle, the camber should be 0.60 degrees with a margin of error of 0.30. For the rear, a camber of -0.90 degrees with margin of error of 0.30 is necessary. The toe-in should be 0.10 inches with a margin of error of 0.04 inches, or 0.20 degrees with a margin of error of 0.08 degrees in the front. In the rear, the toe-in should be 0.09 inches with a margin of error of 0.04 inches, or 0.18 degrees with a margin of error of 0.08.

E300, E320, E420, E430 Model Specifications

For the E300, E320, E420, and E430 Mercedes Benz models, the wheelbase is 111.5 inches, and the tread width is roughly 61 inches in the front and 60 inches in the rear. The caster should be 5.33 degrees with a margin of error of 0.50 degrees. The camber should be -0.60 degrees with a margin of error of 0.33. The toe-in should be -0.60 inches with a margin of error of 0.16. In terms of degrees, the toe-in should be 0.33 degrees with a margin of error of 0.33 degrees. The turning angle should be 18.50 for the outside wheel, and 20 for the inside wheel.

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