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Old 05-07-2003, 02:33 PM
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Front end clon.k - help me please

Hello again friends,

Lately my front end have developed a front end clonk especially at some slow driving load reversals. I jacked the car up on jerked the wheels at 12 and 6 a clock - nothing. When I did the same at 3 and 9 a clock I had the clonking.

After a bit of jerking the wheels and feeling around on all the different joint I concluded that the clonk is coming from the steering gear. My question to the forum is if there is someone that can give me the correct adjustment procedure to reduse the play. Ive done this before on an old Mercedes 200 i had a while back but never got satisfied with the result so I wanted to do this tight this time.

I dont want to buy a new steering gear because the dealer told me they are around 1500 USD.

Many thanks for hints on the adjustment and all comments on additional troubleshooting are appreciated.

Many thanks,

Mikael Westerberg
1984 500 SEL
Vanersborg, Sweden

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Old 05-07-2003, 02:38 PM
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It could be anything. Which car are we talking about, that'll help narrow down the cause/source.
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Old 05-07-2003, 02:41 PM
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Ooops,

Sorry about that Mike. I pushed the wrong button when I was halfway through my typing. The rest of the info should be in there now,

Thanks/ Mikael
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Old 05-07-2003, 02:47 PM
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Sorry, can't help on the box adjustment. Have you tried a search on "steering box adjustment"? I know it has been discussed for many models, but I can't recall if the 126 was one of them.
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Old 05-07-2003, 03:48 PM
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A 'clonk' from the steering box would indicate a more serious problem than I have ever encountered. You will get a 'clonk' if the steering column is locked - make sure the key is in and turned before wiggling any stuff. Even if you have done this, the clonk is much more likely to come from the column or the coupling from that to the box than the box itself. Have someone hold the unlocked steering wheel firm while doing the wiggling.

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