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Old 10-01-2003, 09:36 PM
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Question 1999 C280 Sport Power Steering Groooaan!

My car was returned to me after the failed Harmonic Balancer was replaced under a "Starmark" warranty about 10 days ago. The car drives OK; I am afraid to push it hard. We took the car on aroad trip (approx 300 miles round trip) without incident.
The last few Chicago mornings have been down right...what's the word...COLD? When I take the car out of the garage in the morning to go to work, I hear a sound that sounds like a very painful groan and feel the same in the steering wheel.
I opened the hood to look for a Power Steering fluid reservoir - did not see one marked as such. No information in the owners manual either.
Any ideas? I have a service appt at the dealer on Monday to check it out.
Hopefully, if there is a problem, it is also covered under "Starmark".

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Old 10-02-2003, 09:23 AM
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The P/S reservoir has a "screen" type filter that isn't replacable. WE replace a lot of those reservoirs for that problem.
MB part number 000-460-01-83 & list is $27.
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Old 10-02-2003, 04:35 PM
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Thanks MB Doc. I hope that's all it is.
Since you mentioned a part number, do you waht the part number is for a LATCH retrofit kit for this model year?
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Old 10-02-2003, 05:13 PM
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What kind of LATCH! retrofit kit.
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Old 10-04-2003, 03:39 PM
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LATCH/Top Tether Anchor

The specific part # I would like is the one for the top tether anchor.

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Old 10-04-2003, 06:59 PM
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Latch is the bars located between the seat cushions. The top tether bolt is carried by all Canadian dealers. Unfortunately, mine are installed and I can't see the part #. You might have some luck calling MBUSA.

There are three slots for the tether bolt. Under the rear headrests on each side, and one in the center by the first aid kit door. You have to cut the upholstery, but no biggie.

On MB cars you should make sure the bolt, if using only one, is either installed in the center (if your seat can use lap belt alone) or on the driver's side. Many people don't use that position thanks to the advice of "professionals." They don't have a Mercedes. Not sure about the US, but in Canada, side impact beams are mandatory in passenger side doors only. This is due tot he much higher rate of side impact on the passenger side. Therefore, it would seem wise to put your child on the driver's side. But, most cars don't have extra steel beams in those doors. BUT, a Mercedes does.
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Old 10-05-2003, 03:42 PM
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Top Tether Anchor

No luck at the dealership or at MBUSA. In fact it resulted in a recursive call to the dealership.
Oh well. Maybe I will just have to take a road trip to Canada and buy/install one at the dealership.

Thx for all your help. This thread has gone waaaay off topic.

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