Excess Free Play in Steering and/or Alignment Issue on Mercedes-Benz C230

One or more of the following steering linkage components may wear prematurely;  tie rod ends, drag link, or idler arm. Our technicians remind us the wheel alignment should be checked and adjusted if any of these items are replaced.

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Average mileage: 117,400 (71,000–176,000)
4 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
9 people reported this problem
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1999 Mercedes-Benz C230 150,000 mi,
I was experiencing shaking on the road and "wandering". It was more noticeable at higher speeds. Replaced the entire swing arm assembly.
The tires wore oddly and quickly, and there were some faint squeaks from the steering. Eventually the steering got so loose that the car would wander on the road. I've had to replace these parts twice, once at 75K and again at 165K
2000 Mercedes-Benz C230 176,000 mi,
tie rods wear out fast