If you’ve ever felt like your Mercedes was hard to steer, you may be experiencing what is known as loose end steering. Loose end steering occurs when the suspension is worn out and components have deteriorated, causing your car to wobble and vibrate, especially during high speeds.
When this happens, it’s likely that you will notice an issue with the steering wheel being difficult to control or non-responsive. You might also experience an increase in tire noise, poor alignment of your tires, or inconsistency when turning your car. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it may be necessary to have the suspension looked at by a qualified individual as soon as possible.
Why does this problem occur in Mercedes cars specifically?
Loose end steering, or “sloppiness” as it is often referred to by mechanics, is a common problem that affects many Mercedes models. This issue arises when the control arms and spindles that connect the wheel hub to the frame of the car become worn over time and no longer fit together snugly. When this happens it can cause increased play in the suspension components which can be felt as a ‘slack’ feeling in the wheel.
The reasons why this problem occurs more often in Mercedes vehicles are largely due to their intricate design and complicated engineering. Additionally, road vibrations can transfer more energy through the car, accelerating wear causing subsequent damage to these parts at a faster rate than with most other vehicles.
What to Do if you Experience Loose End Steering
If your Mercedes car is displaying signs of loose end steering, the first step is to identify what could have caused the problem. Potential causes include:
- a worn out steering shaft or other component
- faulty upper strut bearing
- unaligned wheels
- a misaligned steering knuckle
It’s best to bring your Mercedes to our mechanics and let us inspect your model so we can advise you appropriately on the repair needed.
How We Will Repair the Problem
The repair steps may involve replacing parts such as those mentioned above or realigning the wheel and tire assemblies of your vehicle. If done correctly and with quality components, these repairs should restore proper alignment and function to the front end of your Mercedes car. This is why it is important to work with our mechanics, who are certified to work on your Mercedes model.
What steps can you take to prevent loose end steering from happening in the first place?
The best way to protect your Mercedes from loose end steering is to ensure that it is properly serviced and maintained. This means having regular check-ups and oil changes, checking tire pressure frequently, performing alignment and suspension tests routinely, and replacing worn-out parts as needed.
Additionally, drivers need to look out for signs of wear or damage when behind the wheel; things such as shaking in either the steering wheel or seat can be an indicator of issues with the alignment or suspension. Keeping up with routine maintenance and being aware of potential warning signs will help keep loose end steering from occurring in the first place. The problem occurs when the parts of the suspension, such as tie rods or ball joints, become worn down and need to be replaced.
You should not wait until it is too late, as fixing this issue gets more expensive the longer you wait. Thankfully, replacing the worn out components is relatively straightforward, and we offer affordable prices on parts and labor. We know servicing your Mercedes can be time consuming, so we promise to make it as quick and affordable as can be.
Put Your Trust in Kruse Lucas Imports
Loose end steering is a problem that can occur in any Mercedes model, and it is important to be aware of the signs that this problem is happening to your car. Sloppiness occurs because of different causes from mechanical damage to problems in the design, but we can fix it. We’ll keep you apprised each step of the way from inspection to replacement of parts, if necessary.
Visit Kruse Lucas Imports for quality workmanship you can afford performed by certified Mercedes mechanics. We are conveniently located for clients in Manteca, Oakdale, Ripon, Turlock, Modesto, CA. Call us today for an appointment!
* Mercedes-Benz S Class Car image credit goes to: Viktor4ik.