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Old 07-26-2003, 05:04 AM
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Occasional dry bearing noise

92 W124 400e - 65K had 60K service done

I've been having what I can best descibe as a dry bearing noise that come through my steering column. It only lasts at most a couple of seconds and will happen only once or twice during a single drive. It seems to happen when the vehicle has been in operation for more than 1/2 hr. Most often happens when I've come off the freeway and am comming to a stop. But it occassionaly happens when lightly accelerating or even at 40MPH cruise. I can go for almost a week without hearing this noise. Then I'll hear it at least once a day for several days.

Any thoughts?
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Old 07-27-2003, 02:20 PM
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Old 07-27-2003, 06:43 PM
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Check your power steering fluid

I had a similar noise in my 190e and it was due to a low power steering level. You may want to change the filter in the steering fluid reservoir.

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Old 07-28-2003, 01:59 PM
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My 92 400E and 92 500SL both do that. I was told that there is an issue with that style of caliper that causes the shoes to vibrate or resonate in the calipers. If I tap the brakes lightly it tends to go away. If someone knows a reasonable priced fix I would consider it, but a light tap on the brakes is pretty cheap!
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