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Power Steering Rack Parts
You and your Mercedes Benz are approaching your 12th year together. It has been an excellent car for you and you have kept it as well maintained as you possibly could have. But you have also driven it a lot so it has a lot of miles on it and it starting to show in your steering system. Your steering wheel has been getting a little stiff and at times it is hard to make a turn because the car seems to get heavier. But you have a Mercedes Benz power steering rack so this should not be happening unless there is a problem with the Mercedes Benz steering rack. You take it to the mechanic and he tells you that your suspicions are right. You will need a Mercedes replacement steering rack.
Your Mercedes Benz power steering rack is going to work by using a pump and the steering gear. The pump in this Mercedes steering rack is, typically, hydraulically powered by a rotary vane pump. This pump is driven by the car’s engine via belt. It contains a set of retractable vanes that spin inside an oval chamber. As the vanes spin they pull hydraulic fluid from the return line at low pressure and force it into the outlet at high pressure. The amount of flow provided by the pump depends on the car’s engine speed. The rotary valve is what senses the force on the steering wheel. The key to the rotary valve is a torsion bar, which is a thin rod of metal that twists when torque is applied to it. So now that you know how a Mercedes Benz power steering rack let’s find out what can go wrong with a Mercedes steering rack that is requiring a replacement.
Power Steering Rack
You want to make sure you are checking for any leaks that you may have in your Mercedes Benz steering rack since this is a common problem that can lead to replacement. The end bellows of a Mercedes steering rack should contain little or no power steering fluid since their purpose is to protect the inner tie rod sockets from dust and moisture. A little bit of fluid in the bellows of a high mileage vehicle, like your Mercedes, is not uncommon but if there is a lot of fluid in the bellows the rack is leaking and needs to be fixed.
If the seals around the spool valves inside the rack are leaking, then your Mercedes steering may feel stiff or sluggish. This is sign that you need a Mercedes Benz replacement steering rack. This is because new seals alone are not going to fix most internal leaks because the old spool valve seals have usually worn grooves into the inside of the control valve housing. So in order to fix this problem you will need to replace the steering rack with one that has a new or sleeved control valve housing.
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