well, well, maybe this is not such a big job after all.
thanks to all who have replied.
first, thanks to those who provided alternatives to pulling the axles. the hanyes manual, all i have, indicated the passenger side axle had the circlip, however it appears this may not be an issue after all.
second. should I pull the axles the the entire rear end to refurb and paint? This seems like a lot of work but it has to be easier than working under the car, I am sure I need new sub frame mounts, pivot mount etc....
so the axles will require bearings and oil seals only? are there inner and outer bearings or are the inner bearings part of the diff?
can the axles be pulled then mess with the brake backing plates? etc.. I'm not sure what kind of corrosion is going on and how stuck this stuff is.
Last, If I pull the entire rear end,
I guess I need new subframe mounts, pivot mount, might as well get new progressive springs, shock absorbers, axle bellows and clips? and finally locating strut bushings?
can I change the seals to the diff on my own? or should I take the diff to a dealer, I don't necessarily want to separate the axles.
ahhhh, It sure seems like a lot, probably not as hard as I think it is. Every time I work on my 300d or c230 i am amazed at how straight forward mb engineers stuff. the SL has to be the same.