Excess Free Play in Steering and/or Alignment Issue on Mercedes-Benz 560SEL

The tie rod ends, idler arm, and/or drag link components of the steering linkage may wear prematurely. Please keep in mind the wheel alignment should be checked and adjusted when any of these items are replaced.

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Average mileage: 60,000 (60,000–60,000)
2 model years affected: 1990, 1991
3 people reported this problem
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The rubber bushings in the center drag link dried out and the steering had quite a bit of play in it. It felt like the front wheels wandered around and you really had to work to keep the car straight on the highway. Solution was to replace the center drag link, which cost $97 and about $100 in labor (including 4 wheel alignment) at an independent Mercedes mechanic.
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