Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Vehicle: 02 SLK 320 w/ AMG Sport package
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Time to do Steering Damper; Which brand
My car has had very loose steering since I bought it. Not what I expected from an SLK, expecially after reading all the post about how well it handles. I was crawling around under the car this weekend and have oil leak in my steering damper (car is an 02 slk320 with 85k miles).
In looking at the way it is installed it doesn't look like that big of a job for anyone who has spent anytime under a car. The parts I find are fairly reasonable, all under $50 which is what is pushing me to go ahead and do it.
The only question is depending on what supplier I am looking at, I am getting several different brands for OEM replacements. Is one better than the other? Stabilus ($40) Meyle ($26) from one sources that also listed a Mercedes Benz brand for $54... but several other MB parts houses sell the Stabilus and Meyle interchangibly under same part number (#1244630432). Is there a difference? I want the tightest feeling one, which I guess would be the stronger damper....? but I don't know.
Should I go ahead and replace linkage or tie rod ends while down there? A service prior to me buying the car indicates ball-joints, but MB dealer was very vague on invoice.