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Old 09-25-2000, 08:07 AM
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When I got my '89 300se back from a service, the dealer left a little note in the car saying the auxillary fan was not working. Sorry for being stupid, but what does the auxillary fan do? I was a bit concerned yesterday, I went on a 350 mile drive, and when I hit heavy traffic and was stationary for a while, the engine temp hit just under 120c and was almost redline.
Also, before I took my car in for a service I noticed there was a lot of play with the steering wheel before it affected the direction of travel, and it was a bit dodgy at speed (if felt like it was drifting left to right, especially in medium/high winds). The dealer said I need a new steering box. Are these cheap, do i have to go mercedes, or can I go for and OE brand?

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Old 09-25-2000, 10:44 AM
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Aux fans increase air flow through the radiator when A/C is on or if the engine is heating up. Preaty important thing to prevent overheating. Better get those fixed.

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Old 09-25-2000, 10:52 AM
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I don't understand why these idiots didn't call me to explain something was wrong and give me the opprtunity to get it fixed instead of leaving a note.
My engine was very close to over heating.

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Also, the steering box can be resealed and adjusted instead of just replaced. I would allow an independent to do this that has experience on Mercedes.

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Old 09-26-2000, 04:33 AM
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Thanks guys!
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Old 09-26-2000, 10:53 PM
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Oliver, BTW, have your main fan clutch checked. If you are getting this hot, that should be coming on and if you raise the revs a bit, it should help cool things down. Don't let it OVERHEAT->been there done that.

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Old 10-02-2000, 02:44 PM
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saw your complaint and just went through a steering box rebuild in my 89 260E. Had great place in Columbus, OH called STEER AND GEAR (614)231-4064........ gave 1 year warranty and have had no problems. I guess they do all major eurocar boxes. Cost me about $200 if I remember correctly.
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