Thanks everyone for the input.Good_Boy said:...
1. Hold the wheel from sides i.e your hands are on the right and left of the wheel. Try moving in horizontally right and left and check play. If there is some play that means the tie rod needs a replacement.
As for replacing it yourself. Bearing is an easy job if you have done something like that earlier. Tie rod assembly requires lifting of the car as it runs from left to right wheel.
It looks like this is a tie rod for me, as my play is horizontal.
I had read somewhere before on this forum about tie rods & I forgot about them.
Does anyone know of a how-to on tie rod replacement for W208's, or is this a job better left to a qualified mechanic? Mercedes specific tools needed perhaps?
(I've done extensive work on my previous beast, which was a 600+hp TT Dodge Stealth - such as turbo replacement, custom ported heads intall, hell entire engine pull, but... these Mercs seem to be a completely different beast in every way)