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Hi I just wondered, my 320 is first registered December 2000 and was fitted with brushed aluminium trim but I retro fitted my OEM Eucalyptus wood trim and have now sourced a mint OEM matching Eucalyptus steering wheel. Ive seen a Sept 2000 registered 320 currently on Ebay (same UK plate X reg) with that car having the full wood laminate package presumably as factory fit so am sure the wheel will fit.


I will no doubt find out, but I wondered if anyone would have any first hand knowledge if the part Wood laminate and leather steering wheels have different airbag/airbag fittings from the standard leather 320 steering wheels? Also, I have not worked on steering wheels but have done other motor vehicle work on past cars, aside from battery disconnection a good hour before taking a steering wheel off, would anyone think that a steering wheel swap would be best left to a professional? Ive been reading up on it, and obviously wouldn't want an airbag to blow post steering wheel fitting. Has anyone taken their wheel off for any reason and found any issues. Would a steering wheel removal with battery disconnected guarantee that you would definitely have an SRS/Airbag fault come up that would require code removal.


I don't use my car much so time isn't a problem and I could source alternative airbag if necessary but wondered if anyone might be able to advise. Would be very grateful for any comments. Kevin
 

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Hi I just wondered, my 320 is first registered December 2000 and was fitted with brushed aluminium trim but I retro fitted my OEM Eucalyptus wood trim and have now sourced a mint OEM matching Eucalyptus steering wheel. Ive seen a Sept 2000 registered 320 currently on Ebay (same UK plate X reg) with that car having the full wood laminate package presumably as factory fit so am sure the wheel will fit.


I will no doubt find out, but I wondered if anyone would have any first hand knowledge if the part Wood laminate and leather steering wheels have different airbag/airbag fittings from the standard leather 320 steering wheels? Also, I have not worked on steering wheels but have done other motor vehicle work on past cars, aside from battery disconnection a good hour before taking a steering wheel off, would anyone think that a steering wheel swap would be best left to a professional? Ive been reading up on it, and obviously wouldn't want an airbag to blow post steering wheel fitting. Has anyone taken their wheel off for any reason and found any issues. Would a steering wheel removal with battery disconnected guarantee that you would definitely have an SRS/Airbag fault come up that would require code removal.


I don't use my car much so time isn't a problem and I could source alternative airbag if necessary but wondered if anyone might be able to advise. Would be very grateful for any comments. Kevin
Kevin,

Post the part number of the new steering wheel and I will confirm exactly what you have. There are only two airbags listed with the difference only being the color of the outside finish.

No issues with removing/replacing the steering wheel as long as you have disconnected the battery. With the battery disconnected you should not get an SRS fault.
 

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R170 Steering wheel advice.

Thanks for your reply. Very grateful. I have a Dec 2000 320 and the factory wheel is still in place as I only received the Eucalyptus part wood wheel yesterday- its labelled A170 460 09 03 0000 9045 with a further label marked 121212.00 and on the back of the steering wheel a small ticker 10 1154.83.01with a barcode and OE 700020 and a stamp A1226 also on the back of the wheel. Would be awesome if the airbag fittings are the same. The wheel is OEM and ive seen it on a Sept 2000 320 but not yet matched it up close to my current wheel or taken the existing wheel apart. If the airbags and fittings were the same that would be awesome esp as it looks basically brand new. Would welcome your further thoughts. Kevin
 

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Thanks for your reply. Very grateful. I have a Dec 2000 320 and the factory wheel is still in place as I only received the Eucalyptus part wood wheel yesterday- its labelled A170 460 09 03 0000 9045 with a further label marked 121212.00 and on the back of the steering wheel a small ticker 10 1154.83.01with a barcode and OE 700020 and a stamp A1226 also on the back of the wheel. Would be awesome if the airbag fittings are the same. The wheel is OEM and ive seen it on a Sept 2000 320 but not yet matched it up close to my current wheel or taken the existing wheel apart. If the airbags and fittings were the same that would be awesome esp as it looks basically brand new. Would welcome your further thoughts. Kevin
I have highlighted a portion of the part you posted. Are you sure those two digits are correct?
 

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Also, I have not worked on steering wheels but have done other motor vehicle work on past cars, aside from battery disconnection a good hour before taking a steering wheel off, would anyone think that a steering wheel swap would be best left to a professional? Ive been reading up on it, and obviously wouldn't want an airbag to blow post steering wheel fitting. Has anyone taken their wheel off for any reason and found any issues. Would a steering wheel removal with battery disconnected guarantee that you would definitely have an SRS/Airbag fault come up that would require code removal.
It's short and sweet, but I previously posted some info about my experiences changing out my wheel here, with great info from others too:

http://www.slkworld.com/slk-r170-general-discussion/396266-steering-wheel-fitting-advice-please.html

I don't recall having to clear a code after disconnecting the battery and airbag, but it's been too long for me to be sure about that.

Honestly I suspect your existing airbag is going to fit the new steering wheel just fine, and it wouldn't be that big of a deal to do the change yourself (depending on the tightness of the bolt I referred to in the linked post), but only if you're comfortable with handling the airbag of course. Cheers and good luck...I still love driving with the new wheel, it kind of makes a bigger impact on the vehicle enjoyment than you might think.
 

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R170 Steering Wheel advice.

Thanks for both your time.


The main label on the inside of the wheels airbag does read thus: A170 460 09 03 0000 9045 I just wondered if you could advise your thoughts !


Thanks LeHerRyp, I shall also look up your link and would be emailing a couple of Mercedes dealerships but look forward to your advice! Kevin
 

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The main label on the inside of the wheels airbag does read thus: A170 460 09 03 0000 9045 I just wondered if you could advise your thoughts!
The MB EPC (Electronic Parts Catalog) does not show that part number as one of the many steering wheels (10-12 in total) for the many R170 models in the various world markets. There is a 170 460 08 03 and a 170 460 14 03 that is listed as having eucalyptus wood. I searched my online MB parts supplier and found that 170 460 09 03 9045 has been superseded by 170 460 33 03 9C67 and is used on 2001-2002 SL class models in the US market. In other markets that wheel could have been used on other models, but it should work on your car as you do have an R170 chassis and the wheel is a 170 part number. Good luck and let us know how the install goes.
 

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Steering Wheel Advice. Thankyou.

Hi mchild, thank you indeed for your time and comment. I appreciate it. Ive emailed three Merc part departments at three local dealers but your advice together with a quick look on UK parts website online, I think you are right, I believe hopefully just the one airbag for the R170 facelift.. looking on www.genuinemercedesparts.com and it seems to show just the one airbag that can be used on 230s and 320s... that and your reply, gives me the confidence that I shall have a go on my week off the week after next.. is best to try and investigate before doing something like this. My new wheel is MINT so am very pleased... or will be when ive fitted it and will put my leather wheel up on ebay.. my UK based wheel was just over £200 which I presume is about the same in dollars and that expensive, but for a MINT item to match my trim am very pleased.... I appreciate your time and help with my query. Nice to be able to add a thread on the site.. I try and review the members posts now an then, is very interesting.... truth is I only do about 20 -50 miles a month in the SLK as like everyone I am knackered after being at work all day... am sure the dealers will say "one airbag" fits all R170 facelifts..... I will update my garage once done. best to try and get as much advice as possible before looking at removing/replacing items esp steering/suspension/safety.. which is why I appreciate your time.!!! Kevin






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