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Old 10-30-2002, 03:50 AM
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Steering Box W124

Hi there,

I noticed a lot of back lash on my steering and somehow it feels loose. Jacked up the car and noticed free play. A friend of mine told me my Steering Box is loose and there is a nut which I can turn anti-clockwise to tighten it.

Alright, since I'm gonna be getting my hands dirty and all, I'm gonna get the following items replaced:

1. Idler Arm Bushing
2. Steering Damper
3. Tie Rod End (Left/Right)

Question is, are there other parts that I should replace at the same time? Please advise. Thank you guys...
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Old 10-30-2002, 07:06 AM
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Yes the steering box is easily adjusted.

Why are you replacing all the other parts? Have you checked them and found them to be loose? I would not replace parts unless they are bad.

Raising the car and prying around with a bar and shaking everything can determine what does indeed need replacing.

Good luck,
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Old 10-30-2002, 08:12 AM
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Check the center link/tie rod.

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Old 10-30-2002, 03:37 PM
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Steering box adjustment can make for a miraculous improvement.
It's not particularly easy to get at the adjustment screw.
The intake manifold is very much in the way.
The task is much easier if you grind down (the short end of) an L-wrench to improve clearance.
Just be careful not to overdo it, or the steering will bind coming off of center. Once it seems about right, try some high-speed turns to really test it out, like on an exit ramp. Can take a few tries to strike the right balance.
Best of luck.
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Old 10-30-2002, 07:57 PM
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Do not over tighten it! Go very slowly, believe me, it is much better to adjust it six separate times than pay for the replacement of a new steering box. Don't ask me how I know!
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