How to fix your Mercedes-Benz SL 500 suspension issues once and for all
Why your Mercedes-Benz SL 500 hydraulic suspension failsMercedes-Benz’s brand name for the hydraulic suspension system in your SL 500 is the Active Body Control. As the name suggests, it is an active suspension. As opposed to traditional coilover suspensions which use mechanical resistance to dampen the vehicle, active suspensions use computers to “read” the road and actively dampen the ride. This results in a smooth, steady ride. In order to work properly, active suspensions feature a number of components that must function in unison. This complex web of moving parts, computer-controlled components, and flexible pieces is highly sensitive. Compared to a passive suspension like a coilover suspension, they are also quite fragile. In fact, your SL 500 hydraulic suspension wearing out is pretty much a matter of when, rather than if. So, it should come as no surprise to you that these suspensions giving out is a very common problem.
Why fixing your SL 500 hydraulic suspension problems is so expensiveHere’s the good news; your mechanic isn’t lying. Fixing the suspension issues on your Mercedes-Benz SL 500 is expensive. That quote your mechanic handed you might seem extreme, but that’s what fixing an active suspension costs. The reason they are so expensive to fix or replace is the same reason they break: they are made up of highly-specialized components which must be delicate and/or sensitive to work properly. The complexity of the system also means it’s more difficult to service. As a result, you’re going to have to spend a lot on labor fees in addition to the already expensive components. What does this mean for you? It means that if you want to keep your SL 500 hydraulic suspension running properly, you’re going to have to part with some serious cash. However, there is relief for SL 500 owners like you.
An alternative for your MercedesHere’s something they probably won’t tell you: you don’t need an active suspension for your Mercedes-Benz SL 500. Sure, it was lovely when it was new. It’s hard to argue with the smooth ride and handling offered up by active suspensions. However, once that dies out, no matter how much you spend it will never be the same. Thankfully, you do have a choice. Strutmasters now carries a full conversion kit that allows you to ditch that troubled hydraulic suspension. Instead, you can install a brand-new coilover suspension. As we mentioned earlier, the classic coilover suspension uses mechanical resistance to dampen the ride. Simple physics, rather than a complicated web of computers, pumps and sensors, do the important job of keeping your car at the proper ride height.
Advantages of converting to coilsRight away the biggest difference you’ll notice is the price. If you’ve already gotten a quote back from your mechanic, you know how expensive replacement hydraulic struts are. So you may be surprised to learn that this entire conversion kit for all four wheels, including a module to fix your suspension warning light, costs less than just one hydraulic strut. If you replaced the entire suspension, this kit saves you over $7,000 just on the pump and struts alone! Even better, these kits are simple enough that most people choose to do the installation at home. If you have a sturdy jack and basic hand tools, it should take you less than one hour per wheel to do the installation. Each package comes with detailed instructions and there are corresponding videos available for free online to help guide you.
If that wasn’t enough, these kits are backed with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. Strutmasters guarantees the build quality of each kit for as long as your Mercedes-Benz SL 500 is on the road.If nothing else, this should seem like sweet relief compared to the constant worry and headache of your active suspension.