Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help

Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes-Benz Forum > Mercedes-Benz Tech Information and Support > Mercedes-Benz Wheels & Tires

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-07-2002, 09:50 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 47
Steering Gear Box; rebuild or replace?

I have removed the steering gear box as there was about 2-3" of play in the steering wheel. I wanted to try to adjust the play by adjusting the allen bolt/lock nut combination and, after doing so, I have been able to remove some of the play and, overall, the gear action (as I spin the shaft that connects to the steering gear box with my fingers) seems to be smoother. My problem is that I can still spin that shaft about a 1/16 of a turn before there is a feeling of gear engagement and before I can see the pitman arm start to move. I can't believe that kind of play is normal (imagine how that will translate into play once your hands are further out from the center of the pivot holding the steering wheel).

My questions are, first, am I right that that much play is unreasonable (and unsafe and hard on my tires)? Second, can I rebuild the steering gear box and will a rebuild remove that play? Third, if you say that I can't, can someone else? Fourth, if you say someone else can, who? Fifth, if a rebuild won't solve this then from whom do you reccomend I obtain a replacement? Finally, am I missing something or should I be asking a different question?
Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2002, 10:20 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 638
steering box rebuild

The MBZ steering box can be rebuilt, but it is not cheap. Figure at least $500. You have to change the sector and pinion gears to remove the play.

It is far cheaper to get a good used one from a junk yard (not one that has oil leaks or play in it).
Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2002, 01:40 PM
GermanStar's Avatar
Annelid wrangler
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Fountain Hills, AZ
Posts: 4,932
The problem with a used box is that you won't really know what you're getting until you bring it home and install it. You would need to buy a new sector shaft for around $300 in order to eliminate the play in your box. You're best off buying a rebuilt box.

German Star
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Steering Gear Box Rebuild "kit" RickM Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 6 09-27-2007 11:51 PM
Who has tried a steering box rebuild kit? bodyart27 Diesel Discussion 8 11-29-2004 06:19 PM
resealing junkyard steering gear box, yea or nay? nthach Tech Help 2 12-11-2003 01:52 AM
Steering Gear Box; Rebuild or Replace? Hans Ribbens Tech Help 5 04-08-2002 08:26 PM
Adjusting steering gear box tablepad Tech Help 1 06-14-1999 09:31 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:25 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page