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Steering Wheel

After my last oil change on my 2004 SL500, I complained that the steering wheel has too much free play after the alignment.

Yesterday as I drove in my garage, I herd a pop and lost my steering, My steering wheel can turn in circles and not move the tires. I was lucky that it happen in my garage.
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Brakes and steering failures are always scary, not that other problems are easy.
What broke?

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They will let me know on Monday.
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Well,

It will only cost $450 to repair the spring and strip bolts/nuts. Everyone told me that I was lucky that it not happen on the interstate. It is kind of hard to drive with no steering.

Dealer told me it was normal wear and tear, but are there warning signs before this can happen? I could have been killed.
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What spring? Do you have a picture?
There is nothing normal with steering coming apart.

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It could be the clock spring for the airbag.
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I take my car in the Mercedes dealer for all the services and issues. A strip $5 dollar bolt behind the steering wheel was the caused of the issue for my steering wheel to go in circles and for my clock spring to go out.

I am surprised that there were no warning signs. How can you spot steering wheel issues?

What if I was driving 70mph and it happen on the interstate. I would have been in a major accident with no steering control.
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I still have hard time to figure out what it was.
Steering wheel shaft work with grooves and nuts are just securing the ends.
Do you have a picture or part number?

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Normal wear and tear? Bullschies. This should never happen to any car no matter what brand no matter how many miles. Since you go to dealer for all service, guess who stripped that bolt. Shoddy workmanship.
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Can you at least read the invoice and tell us what parts were repaired?
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