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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-23-2005, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry.. W115 steering column question

Hallo ALL

The car is a 1969 W115 guys in the US have it as the 220

I have been having a 'clunk' from somwhere in the column...I checked the whole steering system and its definately in the column.

These past few months I've been dismantling the car'sinterio as I plan to paint the car and get the inside redone... with the dash out I decided to trace the clunk...

Inititally I thought it has at the coupling at the base of the steering shaft ...when I took it apart Isaw the nylon bushes and thought I'd found the cause..BUT...I then looked closely at the column proper and found that the free-play was in the shaft itself!

The shaft is a telescopic device...a small rod inside a tube and crimped so that it will still transmit turning input but will telescope in a crash.

Is there any way to repair this? My thoughts are running to putting this sucker in a 5ton press and 'crimping' it... any other ideas?

Are all MBs built like this ? I usually see the normal crush tube.

BTW I checked and the part is not in stock here... ordering it new would be twice what I paid for the car!

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RE: Sorry.. W115 steering column question

I know just how you feel my friends W115 has a similar problem (bugger is all over the road),... best bet is to scope out the scrap yards.
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RE: Sorry.. W115 steering column question

Some one has replaced the coupler at some time by forcing the column up instead of dropping the steering box.this causes the nylon peice in the collapsible column to break,there is only one fix,replace the column .[:(]
A complete unit from a wreck should be OK.
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