What to do if Your Mercedes’s Chassis Flex Disc Fails Unexpectedlyby europewpadmin June 24, 2021
Mercedes are known for being cars of quality performance and comfort. In order to maintain this high status, it is important to properly care for and maintain your Mercedes. The chassis flex disc is one component of your car that needs to be in working order for everything to function properly. Unfortunately, this important piece sometimes malfunctions or fails. Chassis flex disc failure results in loss of power and creates loud noise and shaking from the rear drivetrain.
A chassis flex disc is a rubber coupling device that absorbs extra torque applied to the shaft when spending up or slowing down. Additionally, it isolates the drive shaft from vibrations. The transmission shaft, drive shaft and differential are not connected to each other by the flex disc.
Overall, its purpose is to help keep the vehicle running smoothly and prevent rough vibrations. Usually Mercedes models have both a front flex disc and a rear flex disc. The front connects the tranny to the drive shaft and is located under the car. The rear connects the drive shaft to the differential and is located between them.
For the most part, the flex disc should last for the life of your vehicle, especially since most of them should have a lifespan of 200,000 miles. Still, car parts are not invincible and can fail from time to time. Heat can degrade flex discs, as well as drivetrain misalignment. This can overstretch the flex disc and weaken it over time.
With regular maintenance, you should be able to prevent the chassis flex disc from completely failing, which will save you on expensive replacements or repairs.
Symptoms of Flex Disc Failure
There are a few key warning signs to look out for that could mean your chassis flex disc is malfunctioning. The best thing you can do is inspect these parts regularly to ensure that everything is functioning properly.
- Physical imperfections: You may notice cracking on the flex disc’s surface, worn rubber, or disc distortion as a whole. That is why regular inspection is crucial for the wellbeing of your vehicle.
- Drive shaft movement: If you start to feel the floor of your Mercedes shaking or vibrating, it could be flex disc issues affecting the movement of the drive shaft.
- Rough gear shifting: If it becomes difficult to shift gears, especially moving from reverse or to drive, you may have a flex disc problem.
- Unusual noises: You may hear knocking or banging sounds from under the car while you drive, especially when accelerating, which could mean the flex disc is malfunctioning.
If you experience any of these issues, it is important to take your Mercedes to a trusted mechanic as soon as possible. The chassis flex disc is a relatively simple part so it is not too expensive itself, although the area where it is located is difficult to access.
If left unchecked, additional damage could be done to the surrounding parts, leading to more expensive repairs than originally necessary. Regular maintenance can help you avoid the chassis flex disc completely breaking, which is much harder to deal with than a disc that is simply worn out.
European Auto Tech Can Fix Chassis Flex Discs
Since finding and replacing chassis flex discs can be a bit complicated and labor intensive, it is best to bring your Mercedes to a trusted mechanic to have it repaired. European Auto Tech’s expert mechanics have over 25 years of experience servicing Mercedes and other European imports. We will diagnose and repair or replace your chassis flex disc, as well as let you know about any additional damage and how it should be handled.
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We understand that Mercedes has remained the standard for luxury cars for almost a century for a reason, and we strive to provide you service that matches that level of expectation. Give us a call and see why we are the number one place for Mercedes services and repairs. Allow us to show you our expertise so we can get you back on the road quickly and driving with confidence again.
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