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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing the 722.6 Gearbox Conductor Plate & Transmission Fluid Refresh

As part of the big preventative maintenance, I swapped out the conductor plate for the 5-speed 722.6 automatic torque converter gearbox (which is pretty much bulletproof) and also did a fluid refresh. Its almost impossible to get all the fluid out, that is done better with a flush (done with specialist equipment).

10 liters of LiquiMoly Top Tec 1800 ATF fluid
Febi Bilstein Transmission service kit (gasket, filter, bolts, drain plug, copper washer, connector)
New conductor plate
New conductor plate
Valve body & old conductor plate. See the black residue, time for some cleaning
More of that black residue…
New conductor plate fitted, cleaned the valve body as much as possible
Valvebody back in place, new filter mounted

I replaced almost 6 liters, the rest remains in the system off course in the coolers and the rest of the transmission plumbing. Maybe somewhere next year do this again, but also replace all/some solenoids and go to a transmission specialist.

Pro tip: Transmission adaptation reset is mandatory! I used method 2 of the video below




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Front Suspension Refresh

When doing previous work below the car, I noticed some original suspension components, which attributes to bad driving behaviour. As I intend to drive this car for a while, I made the decision to refresh the front suspension for now.

The work is not that complex and can be done by the DIY mechanic, but take your time.

All the front suspension components which will be replaced (thrust arms, wishbones, inner+outer tie rods, lower ball joints)

Also added the upper ball joints, as this was an easy swap!

Old vs new upper ball joint
Work in progress
Special tool in action!
Unfortunately, I received the wrong ball joints. Ordered new ones, which brought some delay
Also, the special tie rod tool I own, did not have the correct size (41mm required). So I decided to replace these in a later stage
Applied some fresh ballbearing grease on the inner tie rods.
Botched repair job on the outer tie rod
Also, way too much copper grease on these bolts, which is weird. These bolts are not known to seize…
Old vs new thrust arm
Old vs new wishbone (suspension arm)
Correct lower ball joint pressed in place

Off course, the next step is to get it aligned!




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Ball Joint Special Tool

As preparation of refrshing the front suspension, I bought the special tool to press out (and in) the ball joints which are housed in the knuckle on the W211/W219 platform.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, My Car In 2013

Performed a search on my license plate and found a picture from february 2013! Cool to have such pictures from before I owned it 🙂

Source: Mercedes CLS AMG by timvanessen (Tim van Essen), on Flickr



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Vinyl Steering Wheel Cover

I love a thicker steering wheel and a simple way to do it is with a steering wheel cover. I have done this mod a number of times on previous cars with great succes, and this one worked out great as well. Very happy with the result, as it gives way more grip.

On pictures it looks like a big color difference, but in reality its not that bad. I have chosen a black inlay and black yarn, as a color would look out of place.

Starting situation
Almost done 🙂
End result!



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Damina Performance DM04 19 Inch Black Wheels

Was able to score another set of wheels just across the border (in Germany). The design from the Damina Performance DM04 wheels looked like something that I thought would look great on the CLS.

But after fitting them it left me with an underwhelming feeling. Sometimes, things can look good on paper, but in reality it doesn’t work out. For me, it was with these wheels. They look absolutely great, but I dont like the way they look on the CLS.

So they are up for sale again: https://link.marktplaats.nl/m1864897698

Whenever I buy new wheels, I make these selfies (sort of a tradition) 😀




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Heat Insulation Airboxes Part 2

Added extra heat insulation on the airboxes, as they sit on top of the hot V8 engine (almost like a “hot v” setup). They can use all the help they can need to keep the incoming air as cool as possible, and using gold heat reflective tape is one of them.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Testing The Osram Airzing Mini Air Purifier

I’m a sucker for gadgets and I always wanted to try out the Osram Airzing Mini air purifier. But at the time, retail price was about 50-60 euro’s, which was way too expensive.

In the meantime, it has dropped to about 15-18 euro’s which was ok for me to give it a shot. To be honest, I haven’t really noticed improvement, but I always had a ioniser in my previous cars.

Link: https://www.amazon.nl/gp/product/B08LDHVD3W/

Price has already gone up again!




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The Supercharger Idler Pulley

I noticed that the supercharger idler pulley had quite some dirt accumulation on it and also felt a bit of play, so decided to replace it with a new pulley. I made the right decision as the grease was escaping and therefore attracting the dirt.

Runs smooth again with the new pulley. When I will upgrade with billet pulleys, I will also replace the tensioner itself.

Old (+dirty) and new pulley



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The 4 AMG Exhaust Rubbers

Replaced all 4 exhaust rubbers with OE AMG exhaust rubbers. Each AMG logo adds approximately 1 HP, which is good value for money 😛

I bought a special tool to make this easier, and I can highly recommend it! Made replacing them way easier and faster without the need for cutting them up or using flathead screwdrivers etc.

Partnr: A2034820444

Partnr: A2034820444
Before shot (with old rubbers)
After (with new rubbers)