The Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC all-wheel drive (AWD) systems have been around for a while now.
It’s crucial to use a transmission with enough torque capacity and proper gearing for the application.
4MATIC, as we know it, came on the market with the 1998 model year on the E-Class and M-Class SUV. In the past 20 years, 4MATIC has become an option on every vehicle Mercedes-Benz sells. The current generation of the 4MATIC system is mechanically bulletproof. But, what can go wrong are the electronics that manage the system, and the seals that keep the fluids inside the transfer case and differentials.
Universal joints, or u-joints, are essential to the reliable and safe functioning of a vehicle. While this small part can easily be overlooked, failure to replace a deteriorating u-joint can quickly take a vehicle off the road with transmission damage. Regular maintenance and knowing the warning signs can help identify failing u-joints before they become
4MATIC is constantly evolving. Here are some of the most common issues with it.
Most factory transmissions with helical gears won’t handle the higher torque of a performance engine.
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To reduce noise, some Subaru driveshafts use a special constant velocity joint to connect the two pieces of the driveshaft.
Shops and part suppliers are always looking for ways to make technicians’ lives a little easier. In recent years, many parts like CV axles, strut/spring assemblies and suspension control arms have been introduced to allow technicians to simply install a complete component instead of repairing parts of the existing assembly. But this parts philosophy does
The driveshafts are designed to be drop-in replacements for Mercedes-Benz/RAM Promaster Sprinter vans.