Squeak in Steering Column Due to Rubber Boot or Seal on Mercedes-Benz E300

A squeak from the steering column is often related to a rubber boot in the column or a seal in the power steering rack.

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Average mileage: 75,000 (75,000–75,000)
4 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
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1999 Mercedes-Benz E300 75,000 mi,
Slight squeek in the steering column. Dealer suggested a synthetic power steering fluid replacement for $169 as a way to correct this. The alternative is a $1,500 steering column. This is related to the bushings getting old. Bill