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Old 01-27-2002, 10:23 PM
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W124 Question for those in South re: steering wheel

Question really for anyone in hot climate. 2 of my W124s including present one have had steering wheel cover break free/slip from frame such that it can "twist" (similar motion to a motorcycle accelerator). Maybe prior owners had a lot of stress in their lives or maybe the adhesive fails in the heat ??

Has any body had any luck with a fix?? (injection of epoxy somehow?) (Never had a problem with W123 cars.)

Also, similar problem with door map holder covering coming loose/pulling back at top-inside part. Any fixes from anyone on this?

All help appreciated.
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Old 01-27-2002, 10:56 PM
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The steering wheels on both our W124s are in excellent shape so I wouldn't blame the heat. I figure that previous owners drove with a death grip on the wheel.

You may try contact cement for the door pocket. I personally have not had any luck repairing these. There is too little material to work with it seems.
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Old 01-28-2002, 10:45 AM
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Have the same problem with my steering wheel on my '89 300E. I'm in NC so maybe the previous owner from Raliegh had a death-grip. Can't believe the haet would do it as it's rarely ovber 95 in the summer.

Would love to know of a fix as the cover is similar to a mtorcycle accelerator at the 2 and 10 o'clock positions.

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Old 01-28-2002, 02:04 PM
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Old 01-28-2002, 02:24 PM
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I had same problems on my 89 300E(sold). Probably, it's the materials used for that year. It's softer feel.

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Old 01-28-2002, 03:23 PM
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My 89 300e has both conditions, or I should say had. Haven't fixed the steering wheel yet cause it doesn't bother me. I had material sag in the map pockets, the reveal moulding at the a pillars and the roof panels at the rear windshield. 3M makes a professional grade automotive contact adhesive that is designed for this and works great. It's a spray but I applied it with a popsicle stick. Don't get any on the face of the vinyl though!! It also works great on underhood pads.
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