I have a 2004 mercedes s500 4matic. I purchased used air front left and right air strut assemblies to replace my original air struts. the used parts came with the cable connectors cut off instead of unplugged from the original vehicle they were on. Is there a way to replace or repair the cable connectors? If so, where can i purchase new cable connectors or how do i repair the cables? If it cannot be repaired, is my only option to purchase a completely new pair of air struts with cable connectors included?

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Profile picture for user Sthong1221984

It's not possible to repair because you cannot buy connector only it;s sold as assembly including air strut.

Profile picture for user MBFanatic

Cut the old connector and splice the wires. Connect wires to the used unit that you got. Make sure you have good insulation. They don't sell just the wires to the air strut. 

Profile picture for user bosnurfad

Hello i have not been able to find a solution, im afraid to splice wires because rhe cut is so far down the connector strand that it literally is impossible to do so. 

Profile picture for user bosnurfad

Please look at the air struts i have taken a picture of. those are the ones i got from the used auto parts distributor. I believe they got them from an auto recycler off of a s500 4matic airmatic benz. Do you see the one on the right. It is cut all the way down the connector and pretty much looks impossible to rewire that based on where the cut is. 

Profile picture for user MBFanatic

Yeah I can see it. As you said there doesn't seem like much wire is left. That's a shame. If you have an inch or so left you can use soldering iron to connect the new wires. 

Otherwise you may consider opening that part of the strut. I can't remember if that is even possible.

BTW who in the world removed those struts. They should not touch any car parts. 

Profile picture for user bosnurfad

I ordered these from Quality Auto Parts lol.... that's the name of the company that shipped them to me, i am not sure who the actual person was who removed these parts, they should have just removed the wire connectors from the actual car where they fit one into another.   

Profile picture for user MBFanatic

Honestly even if they cut the wire several inches away you would have been fine. 

 

Profile picture for user bosnurfad

UGH, i am now going back and forth with them to try and send these back for a replacement pair of used struts. hopefully they will be able to accept these back as it is obviously not our fault for them cutting it all the way where there is no end to rewire. 

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