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Old 06-20-2006, 07:47 PM
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W124 1995 E320 Play in Steering - Other Ideas?

On my 1995 E320, the steering wheel moves (has a lot of play?) on center. Even on the driveway with the car off, the steering wheel moves quite a bit. On a two lane road, the car feels dangerous to drive, and the steering wheel moves rapidly every time I hit a bump or pothole. The steering wheel can be turned left or right without the wheels even changing in the slightest position. I did a search on this condition and found that tightening the steering box might resolve the issue. Would the steering box cause such movements in the steering wheel on center? Is it something more serious?

1988 300E (sold)
1994 E320 Wagon (sold)
1995 E320
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:51 PM
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the steering box can definately cause this. if your tires are wearing evenly that is a good place to look (the box).

loosten lock nut, back out screw anticlockwise til it begins to bind then back off til it is free. steering wheel straight ahead.

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Old 06-20-2006, 09:02 PM
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The most common wear part on E320/124 chassis for your steering condition is the idler arm bushings.. easy repair
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