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Hello, just wanted to ask if anyone knows how, or has had the play or slack taken out of the steering wheel. When I turn the wheel as I'm driving there seems to be a good 1-2 in. of play in the wheel. A friend told me is was some type of rubber piece that needs to be replaced, but he can't recall what he paid to have it done and can't remember exactly what was needed to correct the problem.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Might be a lot a things, steering linkage, steering box, steering coupling, you'll need to inspect the system to ascertain the issue.

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Steering play

of 1" on your 560SL is normal. The specs on ALLDATADIY state as much. Our cars have recirculating ball steering which will never be as tight as rack and pinion steering. I have an 88 560SL also and have gone through my steering components inspecting all including rubber and have replaced tie rod ends. The result is 1" of steering play.
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