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Date registered: Dec 2009
Vehicle: 1998 SL500 Pano/AMG PKG, 1997 S500 V12 PKG
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1998 Sport Steering Wheel Interchangeable With W140 Wheel?
So I went to my dealer today to swap out my 1998 SL500 sport steering wheel for a 1996-1998 W140 wood steering wheel. I got bad news from the service advisor. I have no idea how, but somehow someone tampered with the airbag in the past. The two T30 torque screws that hold the airbag in place are not accessible because there seems to be broken drill bits in each socket! I was told the only way to remove the steering wheel is to cut the sides out of the airbag. It's about $200-$300 in labour, but thats not the issue.
The problem is the parts department and techs were not 100% sure that the W140 steering wheel would fit. If I cut the old steering wheel off..it's deemed useless. The shop foreman said that the steering wheel would most likely fit, along with the "single-stage airbag". The risk is I won't have horns that work. oh and something about a clock spring..which shouldn't be an issue. They cant guarantee anything, so I feel like I'm gambling. The service rep told me to sleep on it and come back, they took almost an hour assessing the situation and answering my questions, no charge of course.
Can the horns work on the W140 wheel (single push horn) after swaping out the factory sport wheel with button horns? What are the connections like? Compatible?? I can't drive without horns!
Any advice is appreciated!