Date registered: Nov 2002
Vehicle: 2009 C63 AMG
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Death Wobble & Transmission Issues
I think my car has the "death wobble."
Driving on highway between 55-65 mph, the steering wheel starts to violently shake left to right. The only way to get rid of the noise is to slow down to about 35-45 mph and wait for it to go away. Now, I am relegated to the slow lane going 55 mph. When I spoke to the dealership about the issue and said it was the steering shock (I believe it is aka steering damper) needed to be replaced at a cost of around $600 including labor and tax, etc. I told them no thanks. I'm thinking of keeping it in the garage as a project car. Anyone else have this problem? I did a search about it and all points towards steering damper. Is this something I can do at home? I have a lot of free time these days and thought about dabbling into car repair. Any input would be great.
She's having a problem with the transmission I suspect. She downshifts really hard and upshifting is takes forever unless the car is already warmed up. I'm talking 35-40 mph and pulling 3500 RPMs. It surely sounds nice but it sucks when you have to take an on ramp and can't go more than 45 mph. Once it shifts, the car is fine and will behave for the most part. Of course, that is until the "death wobble" begins. Any insight or help will be great.
Thanks in advance.