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2005 Mercedes telescopic steering wheel will not go up or down but will go in and out. I hear a gear turning but nothing is happening.

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During you selection adjusting the steering wheel in and out and if you hear the gear moving but you steering does not move than the gears are prob. need replacing, worn out gears.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009

  • Rob Sinpasit Jun 17, 2009

    during you selection adjusting the steering wheel in and out and if you hear the gear moving but you steering does not move than the gears are prob. need replacing, worn out gears.

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