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Old 05-29-2014, 03:23 PM
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W210 Loose Steering Column Jacket

Any of you had to deal with this on a W210? When I move the turn signal or cruise control stalk, the jacket around the steering column moves. I gather the solution is to found in this DYI:

PeachPartsWiki: Repairing Loose Turn Signal / Cruise Stalks

But somehow looks like more than I want to contend with.

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Old 05-30-2014, 12:28 PM
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Any of you had to deal with this on a W210? When I move the turn signal or cruise control stalk, the jacket around the steering column moves. I gather the solution is to found in this DYI:

PeachPartsWiki: Repairing Loose Turn Signal / Cruise Stalks

But somehow looks like more than I want to contend with.
I have never done this particular repair, but I did notice that the diagram mentions an access hole that may be present. From the diagram, I cannot make out if this is the outer collar or an inner piece of the assembly. The other thing I would pay attention to if you decide to do the repair is the caution regarding the airbag. Good luck!!
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:31 PM
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I have never done this particular repair, but I did notice that the diagram mentions an access hole that may be present. From the diagram, I cannot make out if this is the outer collar or an inner piece of the assembly. The other thing I would pay attention to if you decide to do the repair is the caution regarding the airbag. Good luck!!
It's more of a minor annoyance than anything....if I address it, I'll probably have my indie deal with it when I have it in for something else.
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:01 AM
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I drilled a small hole in the column jacket and tightened the offending screw with a phillips screwdriver.

Copy and pasted from Benzworld (Art's thread)...

I was under the dash (driver's side) yesterday replacing the evaporator temperature sensor (which solved my AC problem) and noticed there was no obstruction between the bottom of the plastic steering shaft sleeve and the philllips head bolt that needed to be tightened to keep the sleeve from rotating when using the turn signal. So, I drilled a hole in the bottom of the sleeve just large enough for my phillips screwdriver, inserted the screwdriver, and tightened the bolt! Some details: I used a 5/16 bit. Locate hole center 1 3/4 inches behind the base of the steering wheel at approximately 5 o'clock position when looking at the steering wheel from the driver's seat. This should take no more than 10 minutes. And even better, if it gets loose again it will be a 1 minute fix. Hope this is helpful. The car is a '97 E320.

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