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Steering Dampener Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Steering Dampener Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$20 to $55

Talent:

**

Tools:

17mm (2) wrenches

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W123 (1977-85)

Parts Required:

Steering dampener

Hot Tip:

Clean up all the old oil and grease in the mounts

Performance Gain:

Proper steering feel

Complementary Modification:

Tie rods

There is a small shock absorber connected to the steering system to help dampen the feedback from the road through the wheels, linkage and up into the steering wheel. This dampener will wear out but it usually wears out slowly over years, so you may not even notice. Replacing it is simple, cheap, can be done in well under an hour and can help restore the "factory feel" of your Mercedes steering. If you have never changed out your steering dampener or just feel like the steering could use a refresh you should consider changing this out; you may be "shocked" at the results.

Over the years your car may have been serviced by multiple people including previous owners and this can lead to parts replaced with different size fasteners and hardware including the type of fasteners used on the tie rod ball joints. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches. If something is different on your vehicle please let us know and share your info to help other users. If you have any questions or comments or even a different procedure you would like to share please leave it below and please include your vehicle information.

Raise and support front of vehicle on jack stands. See our tech article on jacking up your W123.

The steering dampener is attached to a bracket on the drag link (red arrow) and a mount on the chassis just below the idler arm (yellow arrow).
Figure 1

The steering dampener is attached to a bracket on the drag link (red arrow) and a mount on the chassis just below the idler arm (yellow arrow).

Use two 17mm wrenches and remove the nut and bolt holding the dampener to the drag link (red arrow).
Figure 2

Use two 17mm wrenches and remove the nut and bolt holding the dampener to the drag link (red arrow). Just let it sit in the bracket while you remove the other end so it doesn't drop and hit you in the head.

Next using the same two 17mm wrenches remove the nut and bolt holding the dampener to the bracket below the idler arm (red arrow).
Figure 3

Next using the same two 17mm wrenches remove the nut and bolt holding the dampener to the bracket below the idler arm (red arrow).

Now you can simply remove the dampener from the vehicle and install the new one.
Figure 4

Now you can simply remove the dampener from the vehicle and install the new one. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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