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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-23-2013, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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A Couple of Random Questions

Hello to all and I hope all of you have a great Thanksgiving,

Two questions from right field about my SL500 (1998):

1. Does MB measure their horse power numbers from the crank or the rear wheels?

2. Anybody know why MB used recirculating ball steering instead of rack and pinion?

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The HP is at the crank.

Not sure why it is not rack and pinion.
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Did all classes of that time period use recirculating ball power steering? What do current MB's use?

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Most models by the 98 model year were rack and pinion. I am just guessing about the recric ball steering on your car as the SL500 of your vintage was not updated as a new model until the 2002-2003 models. Yours is a R129 chassis designation. The next SLs were the R230 chassis.
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