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Old 08-20-1999, 10:19 PM
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Michael Michael is offline
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In the interest of staying on the technical topic at hand, the "steering damper" acts like a shock absorber to minimize some of the harshness you might feel as a twitching through the steering wheel. It slows down your steering's reaction to road irregularities, and works quite well when in good condition. With my cars, I treat these relatively cheap ($25-$45) parts as maintenance items, and change them out every 50-60k. They take maybe 15 minutes to replace with common hand tools. To check yours, simply un-do one side and slide it through its range...if it goes quickly with little resistance, it's blown.

Good luck, and hope this helps. Michael
'92 500E
'88 300TE


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