Detecting Problems to a Mercedes Benz 300SEL Suspension Bellow
The biggest challenge when keeping Mercedes Benz 300SEL Suspension Bellows working is making sure that there is a steady supply of air inflating the bellows. Any sign of tears and leaks should be repaired at once. For cases of an already torn bellow, this is a sign of something wrongly done with your car-as opposed to a defective product. It's as important that you are able to detect any symptoms that point to such a problem before it's too late. Read this guide to get a set of tips to help you know the things you to look out for to detect and prevent problems with Mercedes Benz 300SEL Suspension Bellows.
Uneven ride height
The car mostly stands on the suspension bellows. An uneven height when measuring and comparing the car's corners can be a sign of a leaking air spring. Unless the difference was intentional-because of suspension settings or other modifications-it's a good idea to check on the air lines, bellows themselves, pumps, and other parts to see if they are all functional.
A suspension bellow that inflates at an unusually slow pace could mean a couple of things: slight tears on the bellow, leaks on the line, bad seals, poor mounts on the bead, and an overworked air pump.
Punctures on the sides
This is the most common type of suspension-bellow problem. This is usually caused by a foreign and abrasive object that rubs on the sides. Other than that, it's possible that the bellow isn't sufficiently inflated, or the wrong bellow is installed for the car.
Tears and punctures near the edges
Holes on the diaphragm or on the region near the bead plates are caused by a couple of reasons: an incorrectly installed bellow, worn-out suspension bushes, or a misaligned bump stop. Check the components of the suspension at once to avoid this kind of problem.
Detached griddle hoop
A suspension bellow with a detached griddle hoop looks very damaged and distorted. There's no hope in keeping up with this unit anymore. The main cause of getting this type of problem is user-related: inflating the bellows to its full size without enough air pressure.