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    loose steering on high mileage 1991 500E

    Hi everyone,

    Owner of my old 1991 500E (now with about 300,000km) has a slight play in the steering, the links all seem to be fine. This is a very slight play and the steering is responding but I know it was better. Any suggestions? Any one had issues with steering couplers ? or is that an R107 issue.

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    Re: lose steering on high mileage 1991 500E...

    I take it you have adjusted the steering box? Also could be a worn out worm gear...

    These don't have the coupler issues like 107's do.

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    Re: loose steering on high mileage 1991 500E

    Idler arm bushings?

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    Re: loose steering on high mileage 1991 500E

    Can the 500e box be adjusted?

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    Re: loose steering on high mileage 1991 500E

    Check the steering joint/knuckle on top of the steering box.
    Part number: A 124-460-00-57


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    Re: loose steering on high mileage 1991 500E

    Quote Originally Posted by samiam44 View Post
    Idler arm bushings?
    Already renewed

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    Re: loose steering on high mileage 1991 500E

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve119 View Post
    Can the 500e box be adjusted?
    good question

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    Re: loose steering on high mileage 1991 500E

    Quote Originally Posted by Eno View Post
    Check the steering joint/knuckle on top of the steering box.
    Part number: A 124-460-00-57


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    got a picture of that?

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    Re: loose steering on high mileage 1991 500E

    I purchased one a last year. It was small and a heavy part for its size.
    Exactly like this below:

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    Re: loose steering on high mileage 1991 500E

    Yes the box is adjustable... If you are encountering wear internal to the box- used boxes in the usa are dirt cheap from 034's. It's always the shipping that gets you. I think there are 2 bearing preloads. The rack gear play is on the bottom of the pitnam arm. It's an allen.. i've never messed with it. I'm sure there is a FSM proceedure for adjustment.

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