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I have a 1985 Mercedes 300SD. I am having

I have a 1985 Mercedes 300SD. I am having problems with a shimmy,rattle in the front end. I have found nothing loose except some movement in steering box. Any suggestions. Thank You, Ed

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There is an adjusting nut on the steeringbox (19mm with 6mm hex) that is turned cc to pull the rack and pinion gears closer together. Be cautous with this adjustment because the box may lock up if the screw is turned too far outwards.

With respect to the shimmy and rattle, does this happen mostly when braking? could be rotors (cheapest) but if you haven't rebuilt the front end (upper & lower ball joints, tie rods, strut brace bushings, etc...) you may have worn out busings, joints and other components. Look for rubber cracking, oil coming out of the fitings, and use a pry bar with car safely jacked up to apply a lot of leverage to see if things move where they look like they shouldn't. If you have fears about this type of work, go to a reputable tire store and ask them to inspect the front end.

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Check out your wheel bearings on the front end and also check the tires out because you could have a tire starting to seperate.

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