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Mercedes-Benz
W210 E-Class Technical Articles
(1996-2002)
E320 - E300TD - E420 - E430 - E55

Welcome to our Mercedes-Benz W210 E-Class Technical Articles section. We've gathered a vast collection of useful articles to help you perform many repairs and upgrades on your Mercedes-Benz. Save money by doing your own work and perform the repairs using the information we've provided here. Can't find what you're looking for? Try our Search Engine at the top of the page, or hop over to one of our Technical Bulletin Boards - focusing on repairs for all Mercedes-Benz! If you'd like to support the site and submit your own Technical Article, contact us here!

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 Basics & Essentials
Oil Change
The most common task to do on your W210 Mercedes-Benz. Follow this article to change your motor oil and prevent it from spilling all over that pristine garage floor!
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-97)
Air Filter Replacement
New to working on your car? Not sure where the air filter is? Check out this simple article.
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-99) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99)
Serpentine Belt Replacement
The serpentine belt can seem a bit scary to replace the first time you look at it. Here's some detailed instructions on how to change it easily.
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-97)
Spark Plug Replacement
Spark plugs are an important part of your engine - make sure that they are replaced every 60,000 miles or so to keep your ignition system running healthy.
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-97)
 Engine
Camshaft Position Sensor Replacement
A bad camshaft position sensor can prevent the engine from starting. Here's how to change it out in under 10 minutes.
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-97)
Engine Mount Replacement
Engine mounts will wear out over time. If your car's mounts are loose or leaking, this technical article will help you replace them in no time!
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-97)
Crankshaft Position Sensor Replacement
A faulty crankshaft position sensor can sometimes cause your engine to run erratically. Follow this guide to replace your crankshaft sensor.
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-97)
Intake Manifold Removal
Looking for help on how to remove or replace your intake manifold? Then look no further! This technical article will guide you through the steps required to removing that pesky manifold.
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-97)
Fixing Common Vacuum Leaks
Vacuum leaks can sometimes cause poor running conditions. Here's an article going over the most common leaks with the M104 engine in your W210 Mercedes-Benz.
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-97)
 Fuel Injection
Fuel Pressure Regulator Replacement
The fuel pressure regulator keeps a constant pressure on the fuel rail. If your regulator fails, here's how to change it out.
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-97) - W210 E420 (1997)
Fuel Filter Replacement
You should replace your fuel filter about every 10,000 miles or so. This technical article shows you how to perform this relatively easy maintenance task.
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-97) - W210 E420 (1997)
Oxygen Sensor Replacement
Old, worn out oxygen sensors can cause poor mileage, low power and a variety of fuel injection problems. Learn to replace them today with our article.
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-00) - W210 E420 (1997)
MAF Sensor Replacement
The mass air flow sensor on the W210 is notorious for failing. Replacement is just a 15 minute job with this handy technical article.
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-97)
Fuel Injector Replacement
Over time, fuel injectors can get clogged and stop working. Here's a helpful article showing you how to remove them (complete with pictures too!).
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-97)
Fuel Level Sender Replacement
Fuel gauge no longer working? Not quite sure how much gas is left in the tank? Replace your fuel level sender unit in just a few steps with this technical article!
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
 Water Cooling
Coolant Expansion Tank Replacement
Most coolant tanks are well known to crack and leak. Replacement is a snap, and with this article, it takes less than 30 minutes!
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02) 
Auxiliary Cooling Fan Belt Replacement
Has your fan belt snapped? Here's another helpful article on replacing this belt unit and have your auxiliary fans up and running.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Water Pump Replacement
Car starting to overheat? Heater not working like it used to? Occasionally, the water pump unit will need to be replaced. But not to worry! This technical article makes this daunting task a breeze!
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-97)
Cleaning Heater Control Valve
Does one side of your car's ventilation system blowing hot air while the other blows cold? The cause is usually a sticking or broken heater control valve. This technical article will show you just how to service (or replace) the valve.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02) 
 Transmission & Axles
Differential Oil Change
One of the easiest tasks to perform on your W210 is to change the differential fluid, but just in case you need a bit of guidance, be sure to read this article first.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Flex Disc Replacement
These flex discs crack and fail all the time. The good news is that replacement is relatively easy! Check out this article for detailed instructions on this procedure.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Gear Selector Bushing Replacement
Are you having trouble putting your car into gear? Many times, the cause is a small green bushing that connects the gearshift lever to the transmission linkage. Here's how to change it in just under an hour!
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Automatic Transmission Fluid Change
In this article, I go over the steps involved in changing the fluid in your W210 Mercedes-Benz.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02) 
Transmission Mount Replacement
Transmission mounts will wear out over time. If your mounts are loose or cracked, this article will show you how to replace them quickly without breaking a sweat!
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
 Brakes
Bleeding Brakes
Another tricky process. Here's a couple of hints and tips gathered from some good and bad experiences in brake bleeding.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Brake Booster Replacement
Brake pedal taking more effort to push down? Sometimes, the brake booster can wear internally, causing the power brakes to stop working. This technical article will show you how to replace your brake booster unit in no time.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Brake Master Cylinder Replacement
The brake master cylinder sometimes get old and wears out. If your brakes are feeling spongy, then you might need to overhaul your system, which includes replacement of the master cylinder.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Front Brake Pad and Disc Replacement
Want to know how to perform this relatively easy task and save some money at the same time?  Check out our step-by-step instructions on brake pad and disc replacement.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Parking Brake Replacement
The last time your car rolled down a hill should be the last time your car rolls down a hill. Replace those important brake shoes now before your car free-falls down that hill again.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Rear Brake Pad and Disc Replacement
Want to know how to perform this relatively easy task and save some money at the same time?  Check out our step-by-step instructions on replacing your rear brake pads and discs.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02) 
Replacing Brake Hoses
Repeated heat cycling and fluid contamination will eventually cause your car's brake lines to swell and crack. You've been warned, so now it's time to take action.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
 Suspension
Front Shock and Spring Replacement
Replacement of your front shocks and springs is one of the most common procedures for your W210 Mercedes-Benz. See Jared's instructions here for complete details on the replacement process.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Front Wheel Bearing Replacement
With most W210's reaching 150,000 miles or more, it's not uncommon to see wheel bearings starting to wear out. Follow this fool-proof guide to replace them in a jiffy!
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Rear Shock and Spring Replacement
Replacement of your rear shocks and springs is one of the most common procedures for your W210 Mercedes-Benz. See Jared's instructions here for complete details on the replacement process.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
 Electrical
Alternator Replacement
Battery not charging anymore? Occasionally, the alternator can wear out, preventing the charging system from working. Here, I'll go over the steps involved in replacing it.
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-97)
Installing an Auxiliary iPod Input
Want to have your iPod linked to your car stereo? 'But an iPod in my old W210...is it possible?' You ask? Absolutely! Follow this guide to stream your music from your beloved mp3 player through your car's audio system! Here's how to do it.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Replacing Instrument Cluster Light Bulbs
Got some burned out bulbs in your instrument cluster? Here's how to replace the bulbs in under an hour.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Seat Adjustment Switch Repair and Replacement
Switches for your seats not working anymore? Is your driver's seat stuck moving forward only? Here's how to repair the seat adjustment switch.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Starter Replacement
Now that you've determined that the starter is bad, learn how to replace it without electrocuting yourself by reading this article here first!
     Applies to: W210 E320 (1996-97)
 Body, Chassis and Interior
Cabin Air Filter Replacement
Changing the cabin air filter is literally a snap with our handy replacement guide.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Door Lock Actuator Replacement
Eventually, the vacuum-operated door locks in your W210 Mercedes-Benz can fail. Here's how to replace the actuator and get the locks working again!
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Rear Emblem Removal
Sometimes, removing the emblems from your Mercedes-Benz can give an overall cleaner look to the rear of the car. This guide shows you how to remove your rear emblem without any issue!
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Hood Shock Replacement
Bump! Don't you hate when your lids fall on your head? Hood shocks do wear out often and with this technical guide, replacement literally takes about ten minutes!
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Hood Star Replacement
Tired of staring at that old, oxidized hood star? Then swap it out with a brand new Mercedes-Benz hood ornament in minutes with this easy-to-follow guide!
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Trunk Star Replacement
An easy way to upgrade the look on your Mercedes-Benz is to replace that tarnished trunk star with a new one. Replacement is literally a *snap.*
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Windshield Washer Reservoir Fluid Replacement
The W210 Mercedes-Benz uses a complex system to heat and store the windshield washer fluid. This technical article shows you how to repair it, step-by-step.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
Window Regulator Replacement
The window regulator is one of the most worn out parts of the car. Every time you open the door, it moves the window. Replacing the regulator will solve most window problems. Complete instructions on the replacement and window alignment are here.
     Applies to: W210 E300 (1996-97) - W210 E300TD (1998-99) - W210 E320 (1996-02) - W210 E420 (1997) - W210 E430 (1998-99) - W210 E55 (1998-02)
 Miscellaneous Other Articles:
Replacing Your Cabin Air Filter in a CLK320
Changing the cabin air filter in your CLK-Class is literally a snap with our handy replacement guide.
     Applies to: Mercedes-Benz CLK320 (2003-2006)
Replacing Your Fuel Injectors in a CLK320
Everything you need to know to replace the fuel injectors in your CLK320 is outlined in this technical article.
     Applies to: Mercedes-Benz CLK320 (2003-2006)
Replacing Your Fuel Sending Unit in a E300 Diesel
The fuel sending unit in your E300D can sometimes fail, but do not fret! Pelican Parts' very own Steve Vernon highlights the steps required to replace it!
     Applies to: Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel (1994-1995)
Replacing Your Oxygen Sensor in a SLK230
SLK getting poor gas mileage? Having trouble passing smog? Perhaps replacing the oxygen sensors will cure those ailments - read on…
     Applies to: Mercedes-Benz SLK320 (1996-2004)
Replacing the Steering Rack on a W220 S-Class
One of the bigger, and often necessary, tasks performed on a W220 S-Class, but the good news is Pelican Parts makes it easy. Check it out!
     Applies to: Mercedes-Benz W220 Chassis (2001-2006)
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