On 01/06/2015 2:40 PM, Curly McLain via Mercedes wrote:
 > clay wrote:

 The w115 300d has a host of issues.  One I would like to
 resolve for next to no cash would be the leak in the power
 steering system.  I can live without the assist, and like
 the feel of man handling the car.  I liked that aspect in
 Gump.  Losing the added weight would be a bonus.

 Question is, can I delete the PS?  What more would be

Sure you could.  But you probably want a different gearbox.
Typically the power steering gearbox will have a lower gear
ratio so without the power assist it's a lot more work to
turn than a "plain" gearbox.

There is some force/power lost in pumping hydraulic fluid
when a power-assist steering is used without the pump
running.  I think you could just drain the fluid out and
likely it would work and have less force/power loss.  I don't
know the long term consequence of running a power-assist
gearbox dry...

Most of the leaks are in the low pressure return line. about a buck or buck fifty/foot at FLAPS. Next most likely is the pump seal. it is cheap also

And, if you plan to drive this thing for hours on end, then you will appreciate power steering so don't throw it out.



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