All the parts are pretty cheap. I spent less than $120.00 from Rusty
and replaced both the left and right side tie rods, plus the drag link
(or center tie rod, whatever you want to call it). IT took about 30
minutes after I put it on the jack stands. An easy driveway fix.
If you will measure the current tie rods, and set the new ones to the
same length, then you can get the alignment very close to what it was
before the exchange. I did this for mine, and when I had it aligned,
it required no adjustments to the tie rods when they were aligning it.
Guenter Scholz wrote:
thanks for the pointers..... I guess I will need to lift it up in the front
and see what has play.... at 13 years old a lot can losen.... interestingly
my '89 300e has no such problems even though it's got 75k more km.... Hmmm
maybe MB did build them better earlier
Typically steering play is due to wear or maladjustment at the steering
linkages, all the way up to the pitman arm. There is a hex bolt adjustment
screw at the top of the steering box, but it's best to rule out suspension
It could also be as bad as a worn steering gear, or it could be as
simple as a loose pitman arm to pitman arm shaft mounting.
A very little play here will feel quite significant. That's why it
should be fixed with locktite. Anyway, try to check this.
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