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 > Tech Help

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-26-2003, 03:43 AM
haasman's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 3,097
190e horn contact squeak?

The '87 190e steering wheel sounds like it has a horn contact squeak. I hear the creak, creak creak each time turning the wheel.

I read where because of the steering wheel air bag the horn contact ring is not supposed to be lubed ...

Is replacing the horn contact the only way to eliminate the squeak?

Haasman

__________________
'03 E320 Wagon-Sold
'95 E320 Wagon-Went to Ex
'93 190E 2.6-Wrecked
'91 300E-Went to Ex
'65 911 Coupe (#302580)
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-27-2003, 01:13 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 85
haasman-
I had the same annoying problem on my 190e. Turned out to be contact between the plastic of the steering wheel cover and the steering column cover.
Try this-
At the point where the steering wheel cover ends (right before the cruise control and turn signal stalks), pull up on the plastic (at the top) and then turn the steering wheel. If the sound is gone,
slide a small wedge to raise the plastic enough so that there is no more contact.
I hope this works for you - I owe you for your past help!
__________________
1993 190e 2.3
Spruce Green Metallic
62k original
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-27-2003, 01:47 AM
haasman's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 3,097
mbdad

Good one. I will try it and report back.

Thanks,

Haasman
__________________
'03 E320 Wagon-Sold
'95 E320 Wagon-Went to Ex
'93 190E 2.6-Wrecked
'91 300E-Went to Ex
'65 911 Coupe (#302580)
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-08-2004, 05:15 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: MA
Posts: 764
My 1992 300D has squeak too. Especially when it is humid, for example, on rainy day.

A dealer inspected this and suggested replacing airbag unit at $1400.
I did not do that.

I think there is a way to replace only contact area without replacing the whole airbag unit.

My squeak is intermittant now. If I repair the squeak now instead of waiting until it always squeaks, do I save money?





By the way, I have a feeling that the service advisor did not communicate well with the mechanic.

I asked him about airbag sticker on B pillar, which suggested airbag replacedment in 1991. I asked him whether the previous owner already replaced the airbag unit in 1991. When I went to dealer to picked up my car, the service advisor said, "we cannot remove the airbag sticker." Ooops, I did not request removal of the sticker! I asked my question again. Then he answered "there is no way to tell whether someone replaced the airbag previously. If you want, we can put new airbag. New airbag does not squeak."

I called FOR-MERC, and the tech's answer was different. The mechanic can tell when the airbag is replaced. He remove the steering wheel, see the airbag unit and find numbers written. He can figure out, when it was replaced.
Hmm, the dealer's mechanic removed the steering, but lost the opportunity to see the numbers due to poor communication skill of the service advisor.
__________________
1992 300D 2.5 turbo diesel. 319 k miles.
124.128 chassis, 602.962 engine, 722.418 tranny.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-08-2004, 08:21 PM
haasman's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 3,097
You are on to it .... horn contact ring and also the contacts themselves .... I replaced both and the horrible sqeak went away .....

Depending on the year and model, the ring is a replacement piece. I found a used steering wheel (leather) that was in great condition and had a decent ring for less than the cost of a new ring so I bought it.

Geesh ..... "replace it and the airbag won't squeak" ...... weird.

Haasman
__________________
'03 E320 Wagon-Sold
'95 E320 Wagon-Went to Ex
'93 190E 2.6-Wrecked
'91 300E-Went to Ex
'65 911 Coupe (#302580)
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-08-2004, 10:21 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 78
I do not have squeak. Whenever I turn, it seems something came loose in side the steering wheel making the noise. I am going to open the steering wheel cover and have a good look inside. By the way, the airbag sticker suggests the replacement in 2004. My car is 1989, how often should we change airbag?
__________________
89 300 CE
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-09-2004, 02:22 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Seattle
Posts: 1,934
Well it seems we have kind of 2 different themes here: As far as air bags, on my 98 built in June the sticker says to replace the airbags in June 2013 so that's 15 years exactly. Not sure if the 89's were rated for the same life span. All airbags should have a date code on them so you can tell how old they are. I think even seat belt assemblies have date codes on them (many parts do actually).

As far a squeaky steering wheel my car has a similar sound once in a while. Some times when I steer right the wheel starts to have a "chirping" or cricket sound. It has been colder lately so not sure if it is temp related. Doesn't seem to occur when I steer left. I was thinking maybe the electrical contact also.

Mike

__________________
1998 C230 330,000 miles (currently dead of second failed EIS, yours will fail too, turning you into the dealer's personal human cash machine)
1988 F150 144,000 miles (leaks all the colors of the rainbow)
Previous stars: 1981 Brava 210,000 miles, 1978 128 150,000 miles, 1977 B200 Van 175,000 miles, 1972 Vega (great, if rusty, car), 1972 Celica, 1986.5 Supra
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

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 On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:51 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, 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