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Hi all... I would like to consult you all on the matter of the steering alignment.

Recently i realised that the steering tilts abit right to go straight, thus brought it back to the dealer(Cycle & Carriage) to do an electronic 4 wheel computerised alignment. To my horror, when i went to collect the car and drove it out of the workshop, i realised that the steering wheel has to be 45 degrees right to go straight. Sent it back and the same thing came back.

Decided to bring to outside workshop instead of the dealer's workshop. Problem seems to be solved and the steering is, to me at least, perfectly straight! am very happy and relieved now.

What i'm concerned is that although the steering is straight, the steering seems considerably lighter. It is as light as my dad's S class. Is this normal? i got to know from the mechanic that he has adjusted the TOE on the left and right wheels.

Any info is deeply appreciated... thank you..

Jon
 

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A long time back there was a thread about alignment.

I believe that after a few miles some R171s need a slight adjustment in the alignment.
 

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My steering on the 350 is very definitly heavier than my S-class. In fact I find it too heavy, by comparison, particularly at low speeds. (Non- parameter steering of course).
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I had the same situation here. The steering wheel veer to the left. Most of the time I have to turn the steering a little bit left to make the car straight. I ve been examined for over 2500kms. Actually its been noticed after 100kms of drive, first time the MB technician avioded the problem which really piss me off.

Therefore I took the car to the other MB tech(diff suburb), after a 24hrs check up, other than bump up the tires pressure nothing got done.

Any of u guys have this problem?
How can it be fix?
And why?
 

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Most of the time I have to turn the steering a little bit left to make the car straight.
I have EXACTLY this same complaint. The dealer claimed the alignment is within spec. He swapped the left and right front wheels, which had no effect. My air pressure is exactly the same in both tires and is what MB recommends.

I have to apply a bit of pressure to the left or else the car drifts right. No other car, including my SLK320, exhibits this problem. And it's not an issue of the crown in the road or the wind pushing the car. I've tried it on all roads under all conditions. After nearly 2000 miles, I've grown used to it. But I still think something is wrong.

Just curious, when was your car built? I'd like to see if this issue plagues cars built at the same time. Mine was built in mid-August 2004.
 

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mbslk350 - 3/9/2005 12:40 PM

Most of the time I have to turn the steering a little bit left to make the car straight.
I have EXACTLY this same complaint. The dealer claimed the alignment is within spec. He swapped the left and right front wheels, which had no effect. My air pressure is exactly the same in both tires and is what MB recommends.

I have to apply a bit of pressure to the left or else the car drifts right. No other car, including my SLK320, exhibits this problem. And it's not an issue of the crown in the road or the wind pushing the car. I've tried it on all roads under all conditions. After nearly 2000 miles, I've grown used to it. But I still think something is wrong.

Just curious, when was your car built? I'd like to see if this issue plagues cars built at the same time. Mine was built in mid-August 2004.
I do not have this problem and mine was built 2nd week of January 2005.
 

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MBSLK350:

My should be builded around oct, nov... .

Please! when ever u discover the problem, let me know.

I actually sent daimler chrysler e-email, explained wht happened.

They refer me back to Zung Fu, The dearership....

It is sad that u cant drive the car straight!!!!
 
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