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  • pearlis
    pearlis - 1984 Mercedes Benz 300D - Steering & Suspension - 12/19/2011
    How do you tighten steering responsiveness/play?
    How do you tighten play in steering responsiveness?
    • Jimm
      12/19/2011 Jimm
      There is an adjustment at the steering gearbox which allows for some slack to be removed at the steering gears. You must not overtighten as this can damage the steering gears causing greater repair cost.
      On the top of the steering gearbox is a locking hex nut - with a threaded slot protruding through the center - as a stem. Loosen the hex nut on the out side (counterclockwise), while holding the center stem stationary with a screwdriver. Next, turn the center slotted stem counterclockwise slightly - say 1/8 turn or less, then tighten the hex nut while keeping the center slotted rod still (no turning).
      The adjustment is made with the wheels in the straight ahead position. The adjusting screw is turned counterclockwise to remove loose play. Don't tighten the screw till it binds, just enough to remove most of the free play. The gears inside are "cam ground". This allows them to be adjusted without binding when the steering wheel is turned to the extreme in both directions. The "cam grinding" will give you more free play the further you get away from straight ahead. This is because most of the time the steering wheel is in the straight ahead or slightly to either side of center. All steering gear boxes are designed this way. The major difference in a Mercedes is the counterclockwise adjusting screw.
      12/29/2011 Stevie
      Jimm is correct; in my old 240 D parts breakdown diagram; gears are made to look like it would be adjusted clockwise to remove play: NOT TRUE; PICTURE IS A MISTAKE IN PRINTING; again; go Counter clockwise to REMOVE play, as JIMM says; also if you adjust too much, steering will be HARD to return; Steve

      Anyway to remove the extra play that can,t be removed from adj. screw?; maybe tighten large preload nut (input shaft end of st. box ) just a wee bit???
  • bill
    bill - 2000 Mercedes Benz S430 - Steering & Suspension - 12/18/2011
    does the air strut repair kit fix the strut, when it has separated at bottom?
    0 answer
  • timothylthompson
    timothylthompson - 2003 Mercedes Benz E320 - Steering & Suspension - 12/15/2011
    How do I know if ball joints need to be replaced and is a wheel alignment required?
    0 answer
  • Terry
    Terry - 2002 Mercedes Benz C230 - Steering & Suspension - 12/15/2011
    My steering wheel is shaking when I make sudden turns and also I here a thump. Is it okay if I drive the car like this?
    I will be having it serviced in a few days but I'm a little scared that the car might break down while I'm driving it.
    • TechSam
      12/15/2011 TechSam
      How could any one tell you that its ok, maybe there is some thing serious or loose. Precaution is better then cure.
  • Bernie
    Bernie - 2007 Mercedes Benz R350 - Steering & Suspension - 12/8/2011
    How to add power steering fluid
    • Jimm
      12/8/2011 Jimm
      In your vehicle, after you open the hood. Locate the power steering reservoir on the right side of the engine toward the bottom. You need to remove the cap and put fluid in the reservoir. Use a funnel to access the fluid reservoir as required.
  • Joe
    Joe - 1995 Mercedes Benz C220 - Steering & Suspension - 12/7/2011
    Can different rims be used instead of originals?
    • Spoon Sports
      12/7/2011 Spoon Sports
      Yes of course, you just have to take into consideration the OFFSET of the rims to make sure it wont be hitting the inner fender.

      The BASIC rule with rims are.

      Follow the 3 inch rule, meaning, the ideal maximum size is 3 inches bigger than stock, so if your benz came with 15s, recommended maximum is 18, but you can go up to 19 but thats pushing it.

      Lug pattern and offset, you have 5 lugs with a 112 offset, make sure you get rims with an offset of 112

      Also, this is just me but ill say it anyway, get 18s with 35 aspect ratio, it will be sweet!!!

  • jeff cruce
    jeff cruce - 1983 Mercedes Benz 240D - Steering & Suspension - 12/6/2011
    What should it cost to replace my rear drive shafts on a 1983 240 D with manual trans?
    Thump coming from rear end
    • yboy82
      12/6/2011 yboy82
      Try the AutomD Negotiator ( feature on this site it is free. They will call local shops for the repair that you needed and send the multiple quotes from your local shops. So you can compare job prices within your area.
      12/8/2011 jeff cruce
      Will do, thanks for the tip
  • Dwight
    Dwight - 1996 Mercedes Benz E320 - Steering & Suspension - 11/24/2011
    Gear shift in car won't move from park can't get key out of ignition, but key will start vehicle and turn off.
    Gear shift will not move into any gear but "Park". Key will not come out of ignition, but will turn and start vehicle and turn off
    0 answer
  • kerich
    kerich - 1997 Mercedes Benz S420 - Steering & Suspension - 11/23/2011
    1997 Mercedes s420 power steering pump leaking
    Can I order a seal kit for this pump
    • Jimm
      11/22/2011 Jimm
      Maybe, try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts.
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/23/2011 HouseCallAuto
      You can buy a remanufactured pump for under $200. Nobody buys seal kits for PS pumps, certainly not mechanics. Even if you tried to get a seal kit you'll not find it.
  • Tommy Wallace
    Tommy Wallace - 2001 Mercedes Benz E320 - Steering & Suspension - 11/18/2011
    When making a turn it seems as though my tire is rubbing I wasn't having this problem before I had my cv joints changed
    The problem occurs when I'm making a left turn. I have no check engine lights and no warning lights on but like I said it started when I had the cv joints changed.
    0 answer
  • joseph m. charles
    joseph m. charles - 2004 Mercedes Benz ML350 - Steering & Suspension - 11/15/2011
    I am the owner of Amercedes benz and have experience of with disc brake,power stering ,
    Inedd guidance on where or who can help me on this matter
    • Jimm
      11/15/2011 Jimm
      Try to reply and rephrase the issue / problem you are having in the form of a question. You may also try the 'Diagnose' feature on this website for additional detail for describing the issue you are having.
  • Ranes
    Ranes - 2000 Mercedes Benz S430 - Steering & Suspension - 11/13/2011
    What is the procedure in replacing the Air suspension compressor?
    0 answer
  • Robert
    Robert - 1987 Mercedes Benz 300SDL - Steering & Suspension - 11/13/2011
    Why does fluid and stop leak continue to leak for power steering reservoir.
    Fluid and stop leak gone from reservoir in 1 to 2 days, after refilling. Leaking onto A/C Compressor, and then lower park of engine behind A/C Compressor. 275,000 plus miles. After adding fluid or stop leak, the fluid bubbles and foams. Leaks out whether driving ...
    • benz guy 888
      11/13/2011 benz guy 888
      check the hoses/lines if they are worn out or the seals are also worn out...the lines/hoses/seals have to be replaced...adding atf or power steering fluid is temporary try to get it fixed by a trusted shop/mechanic...hope this helps...tell me how it turns out.
  • Leby Bautista
    Leby Bautista - 1986 Mercedes Benz 300E - Steering & Suspension - 11/12/2011
    My car wiggles when I drive at the freeway at the speed of at least 55-60 m
    it start when I hit a pot hole at the street during the rainy days, I have already balanced the 2 front wheel but still the problem exist.
    • Bender
      1/30/2011 Bender
      It can be because of a bent wheel or loose wheel bearing, it can also be worn steering or suspension parts. (Raise you vehicle up and check the stability of each component. I usually check for looseness by shaking the part left and right (Example: Tie rod end, to check if its moving because of worn out bushings.)
    • benz guy 888
      11/11/2011 benz guy 888
      you have balanced the wheels? so i guess the tires are in good shape and get worn out evenly...if they are okay then i agree with bender...check the tire rods because the bushing gets worn out and while your at it check the suspension.
    • benz guy 888
      11/12/2011 benz guy 888
      i forgot to add..check the ball joints too.there might also be some problem with it.
  • Gcalller1
    Gcalller1 - 1998 Mercedes Benz CLK320 - Steering & Suspension - 11/11/2011
    Why does my brake lights and reverse lights do not work
    • benz guy 888
      11/11/2011 benz guy 888
      do you mean both left and right brake/reverse lights?check the fuses for the brake/reverse lights, if it's busted have it replaced with the same kind of fuse...if the fuses are okay, check the bulbs and if they are busted replace them with the same kind of bulbs....but it is unusual for all bulbs to go out all at the same time...hope this helps,,,tell me how it works out.