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Thank you for the reply, just got to decide which tyres to go for now probably all season ones, the rears still have plenty of life on them so the new ones on the front ?

I'm assuming its a front bias car with the rears only driving when needed ?
 

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If you go for all seasons you should really change all 4 tyres otherwise the tyres will have different handling characteristics.
 

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Just to add to this, at the end when I was speaking to the service guy, I was obviously very thankful but also annoyed that a fault was being overlooked.

He actually said 'thank god you don't have the AMG version, they can't be fixed due to different xxxxx' sorry can't remember what was different, possibly steering rack.
Unfortunately for me I have one of the AMG versions. My dealer is being absolutely useless and refusing to do anything. The after-sales manager says he's driven 30 GLC63s and mine is no different to the others. That just tells me they're all broken!
 

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After having my case, for exactly the same issue, decided in favour of Mercedes UK I just don't understand how the Ombudsman works. Surely we should all be treated the same? The Ombudsman ruled in favour of Mercedes because Mercedes admitted this was a 'characteristic' (I hate that word now) of the car. When I sent them the PDF of the decision that was ruled in the customers favour, for exactly the same issue, they said that there were different rules for cars purchased via 'hire purchase' as to those that were via 'lease'. I've no idea if this is correct as I know nothing about this sort of thing...so I've just had to accept it. As this characteristic must have been there at the point of sale the Ombudsman said to open a new case with them against the dealership that sold me the car. Their point being it would not have been of acceptable quality or 'fit for purpose' at the point of sale thus violating the 'sales code'.

Overall gutted that the experience of owning such a car has been blighted by this problem. The intention was to purchase the car outright next June at 36 months of ownership but there is no way we will do that now - we will have to return it losing over £30k in 3 years.

I can't see us getting anywhere with the second Ombudsman case but will update the forum accordingly when I know more.
I think there are two ombudsman organisations being mentioned here. If the car is leased/PCP then the Financial Ombudsman will probably fall in favour of the customer. However, the motoring industry ombudsman are weak and will bow to the manufacturer.
 

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Howdy, just found this thread about the front end scudding and like many others in this forum have been told by the dealer that this is standard for a GLC 43. My car is 18 months old with low k’s and I am at the point of needing to replace the front tyres. Is there is a way of telling if the knuckles on my car can be upgraded to solve the issue, have MB supposedly fixed the problem or do I swap tyre brands as others have done?
 

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Mercedes GLC Clonking and juddering on near full steering lock

I have had this problem since new but now the weather is cold and damp or wet the problem is much worse. I have viewed other owners concerns about this phenomena and would like to document my experience.

The car has been with the Mercedes dealership and they have coated the drive shafts with a lubricant to hopefully reduce or remove the problem.

The service manager told me that the clonking noise is from the tyres and another manager told me the car is trying to drive straight ahead (whilst in a turn) and it is the scrubbing of the tyre on the road which is causing the noise and the judder.

The service manager told me the car is safe to drive. However, I'm not so sure.

If I need to turn sharply to avoid a collision I do want the car to turn and avoid the object rather than juddering towards the object.

My wife has said that she would not drive the car until the clonking and juddering was eliminated as it does feel and sound bad when it occurs.

Over the next few days I will check if the lubrication coating has any effect on solving the problem.

I would like to hear the latest situation with regard to all those owners who have the same problem. I.e. is there really a fix or is it a inherent design fault.

John
Merc now have a mod to fix this, I got mine done by them under warrant. It’s been fine since without changing any tyres. Get in to see the dealer and make them do it, it’s no skin of their nose as Merc paid!
 

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OP has a GLC 43 - afraid the Knuckle Fix is not available for the C43 or C63

The Crabbing, Clonking & Juddering is still a big fault on even New 43 & 63’s - Shocking that MB have NOT FIXED THIS FAULT after 5+ years 🤔

Another issue for the 43 & 63 is that All Season / Winter Tyres that help mark the fault are NOT available for these cars ☹

Excellent cars - apart from the Crabbing

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This is the response I got from the GM of the Dealership here in Oz:

"I was not saying that the tyre skipping does not exist on the GLC43, it certainly does and I am not suggesting that you are imagining it at all. I was just saying that the information that we have is the steering knuckle is not offered as a fix on the GLC43 (AMG in general). In addition premature tyre wear is a separate issue to the tyre skipping, they are related in that when the tyres wear down it can increase the juddering sensation of the tyre skipping but our experience is that the juddering sensation does not increase tyre wear.
I understand your frustration and if there was a way to make it go away we would do it. It is certainly not us as a Dealership saying no to fixing it. We would love nothing better than to make you 100% happy but we are guided by the experts at Mercedes-Benz. They design and build them and we retail them. Unfortunately at Dealer level we can’t alter the car.


Reminds me of the the three monkeys. Hear nothing, see nothing, do nothing (or thereabouts)

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Mercedes Benz Thailand also refused to replace a newly updated steering knuckle on my 2017 GLC. Some local users already replace themselves the knuckles and the problem is 90% solved. 10 % missing is due to the limitations of design where you cannot further relocate the steering pushrod's pod anymore as it already touch the brake dust plate but we think the life of the tyres will be double (original is between 15000 to 20000 for urban traffic)
I am certain from all 2020 xxx253 models are now equipped with updated knuckles. Same with C43 or any 4WD C 205
 

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Howdy, just found this thread about the front end scudding and like many others in this forum have been told by the dealer that this is standard for a GLC 43. My car is 18 months old with low k’s and I am at the point of needing to replace the front tyres. Is there is a way of telling if the knuckles on my car can be upgraded to solve the issue, have MB supposedly fixed the problem or do I swap tyre brands as others have done?
Tyres being shredded every few thousand miles are something to get used to with either a GLC43 or GLC63... Coming up to 15k and we will soon be buying our 4th set of front tyres
 

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Good car - shame on MB for failing to resolve such an awful fault in the steering geometry.

Characteristic of the car & Comfort issue - WTF
 

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I've just recently fitted Vredstein Quatrac pro tyres on my 19" rims and I'm very impressed , superior to the Good year all seasons fitted by my dealer 2.5 years ago to counteract the skipping , also with a higher speed rating . A good cure for the characteristic in my humble opinion , I still love the car .
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I've just recently fitted Vredstein Quatrac pro tyres on my 19" rims and I'm very impressed , superior to the Good year all seasons fitted by my dealer 2.5 years ago to counteract the skipping , also with a higher speed rating . A good cure for the characteristic in my humble opinion , I still love the car .
Andrew
I don’t believe these tyres or any other All Season tyres are available for the typical C43 & C63 GLC’s running on Asymmetrical 20” or 21” wheels?
 

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Well, a little new to this forum, so don't be too harsh on me. I picked up my brand new GLC 43 AMG in June and immediately had this issue, but naively thought it was a matter of being brand new and will take care of itself (not thinking of a quick google, where I would have soon found this and many others saying the same). Due to lockdown, working remote and having access to another car, my shiny new one has only done 300 miles in ~3 months, something I would ordinarily have achieved in 1wk. I finally had enough yesterday of all the noise, whether off my drive, in car parks or turning at junctions, so I called my MB (main) dealer, from whom I also bought the car and guess what, he stated "it's a characteristic of the car, suggesting it relates to the tyres I have and recommended winter tyres". Then he had the audacity to claim this was not a scripted answer. Needless to say I have booked my car in for an inspection at the end of the month and sincerely hope they can address this, as I am one disappointed bunny right now with my shiny new 43..., that feels unsafe at rolling speeds - almost as if I am driving on flat tyres on the front (in reality I have 33psi all round). Any suggestion of what I might want to discuss with them either prior to the inspection, when I drop the car off or when I collect it (should the issue not be addressed / or a suggestion for new tyres be made on my dime) - would be massively appreciated, by this newbie to this forum.
 

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Afraid there is NO FIX for C43 or C63 AMG GLC’s - this is truly amazing because the fault has been known about for over 5 years, but only on right-hand drive cars.

The only attempt I’m aware of, to address this fault for AMG owners has been to fit smaller 19” wheels with Winter Tyres - This hides the problem but you need to keep swapping the wheels + somebody, hopefully MB have to pay for wheels & tyres + you need to store set of wheels + the smaller wheels trash the look of the car.

In 2019 MB fixed the steering geometry on all New GLC’s but still not C43 or C63. MB have also retro-fitted older GLC’s with New Steering Knuckles free of charge under Warranty - indicating there was a Fault. But sadly have NOT fixed it for your AMG C43

If you search back through the Crabbing threads you will find that MB UK HQ issued a statement and a corresponding letter telling all UK Dealers they MUST inform prospective AMG customers of this CHARACTERISTIC - this has long been forgotten - would be worth finding the letter and taking to your Dealer

There have been quite a few owners who have returned their GLC’s due to this fault - but always after a fight with MB

Such a shame because it’s a great car, that unfortunately is BROKEN when low speed cornering - the Hop - Skip & Jumping gets significantly worse as the weather gets colder 😮☹😩
 

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Hey Tony,
Thanks for the quick reply and info (benefit of the Forum is clear to see). I will try and locate the statement, so far only able to find extracts, rather than the full / official statement.

I agree, the 43 AMG is a lovely car in every other respect and I only wish they could address this issue.
 

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Hi All,
I stumbled across something last night, albeit for a C43 AMG...sound familiar ?

"Mercedes 4MATIC Crabbing 100% FIXED in my C43"...dated: 10 Mar 2020

What do you guys make of this ?
 

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Sounds interesting and worth trying if you have the ££££’s to replace new tyres on a new car 🤔

it’s 100% only a Fault on right hand drive cars.

Many owners have experimented with various tyres, some would appear to have fixed the fault while running on the new, flexible full-tread. BUT the crabbing would always return very quickly - personally very sceptical 🤨
 
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