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Old 09-29-2003, 11:15 AM
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83 240D Steering wheel is 20 degrees off; would like to remove;How?

After doing some front end work such as New Ball Joints, Shocks and upper control arms, I had the car aligned and now it Tracks Dead Straight.
However my steering wheel is 20 degrees off center.
I have no idea how to remove it and remount it so that its on center...Can anyone help?

83 240D Steering wheel is 20 degrees off; would like to remove;How?
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Old 09-29-2003, 11:31 AM
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Carrameow,

Steering wheel centering should have part of the wheel alignment.

Take it back to where you had the wheels aligned and have them correct the offset steering wheel. Don't let them give you any BS about this. The steering wheel is centered by adjustment of the steering rods.

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Tie rods were bent..by me...

Uh I was the one who bent the rod on the left side..they brought it back to spec by alignment...
Tie rods were bent..by me...
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Old 09-29-2003, 11:49 PM
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PEH is right. Normal alignment proceedure is to straighten the steering wheel and adjust the allignment to the steering. It sounds like the alignment fixed your problem but should have been adjusted in such a way as to keep the steering straight. Take it back and they should fix it. If you don't want to take it back then you can try to adjust the steering at the wheel although I doubt you'll get it exactly straight. To take the wheel off carefully pry off the star emblem in the center of the wheel. That will give you access to remove the center cover. The rest should be pretty straight forward.
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Old 09-30-2003, 12:57 AM
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Carrameow,

So straighten the bent tie rod and have alignment shop center steering wheel.

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Old 09-30-2003, 12:11 PM
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Carrameow,

If you just change position of the steering wheel, that will change the turn signals cut off ( too early turning one way and later the other way ). Seems to me there is a "centering" hole in the column that a pin is spoz to be put into when an alignment is done. Take it back, they should fix it.
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Stevo is right. You can't do this without verifying the steering box is centered, which requires a special tool (might be able to fabricate something to work though). Normal procedure is:

1- Insert steering box centering lock tool
2- Perform alignment (at MB dealer only)
3- If steering wheel is off center, R&R the wheel and install it properly

You DO NOT center the wheel on a Mercedes by tweaking the tie rods evenly!!! A good independent alignment shop can also do the work, IF they know how to do MB's, and have the two special tools (spreader bar for tires, and steering box lock screw).
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