Mercedes-Benz C230 Problems

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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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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Mercedes-Benz C230 Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 115,333 (71,000–176,000)
4 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
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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