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Old 03-14-2002, 11:20 AM
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Question Misc. Problems on 86' 300E

First of all I love my Mercedes. I have had it 2 years and there are things that are in question.
The first is the cruise control. The cruise has not worked all winter and yesterday I tried it again and it worked. It was a warm day? Would that have anything to do with it? I don't know. It has always worked intermittently.
Also, I have a slip between 1rst and 2nd shift when the car is not fully warmed up. After the car is warmed up there is no slip?
Also, my air directional controller only allows air to come out the side vents and defrost vent?
The biggest thing is my car is all over the road. My steering, when its windy is uncontrollable. Its almost like there is some play in there. I don't know if it is the suspension or what. The tires are brand new.
Thanks for your help.
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Old 03-14-2002, 12:06 PM
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The cruise control could be the amplifier, control unit, or something as simple as lubrication on the throttle linkage and replacing a burned out or marginal contact bulb. The AC could be functiuoning normally depending on the position of your control buttons - which are a little non intuitive compared to US cars, or it could be a monovalve, vacuum control, or pushbutton control unit. The trans slip could be as simple as a cable adjust and fluid/filter change, or as complex as a trans rebuild. The steering could be poor allignment (4 wheel), bad front suspension bits, tire issues, or most likely of all, rear suspension control arms/bushings.

Each of the above is discussed at length in the archives for detailed info:

Cruise control; including info on how to test and where rebuilt units can be found (try FastLane at the top of the page first).

Transmission; search for threads with words like slip, Bowden cable adjustment, shifting, etc.

Wandering at speed; search for thrust arm and control arm threads.

AC problems; search for vacuum actuator, monovalve, vent, push button controls.

Probably about a dozen threads on each of these topics - good luck with your projects!

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