On 01/06/2015 5:22 PM, fmiser via Mercedes wrote:
I would say that my 115 300D requires more effort than most vehicles
that I have driven with power steering.
I assume that Mercedes did that on purpose and that it is normal for the
So, I doubt there is much to gain by going to a non-power steering setup
on the vehicle and that there is something to lose - especially if one
is going to drive it for hours at a time in a racing environment.
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.
Question is, can I delete the PS?
Sure you could. But you probably want a different
And, if you plan to drive this thing for hours on end, then
you will appreciate power steering so don't throw it out.
I have driven hundreds of thousands of miles with "plain"
steering - but it was never a power-assist system run without
In general, I prefer the feel of un-assisted steering. Low
speed parking, especially backing a trailer, is a lot more
effort. In my experience, when traveling faster than parking
lot speeds it isn't really any more effort than power assist
steering. This experience covers compact cars, full-sized
cars, light duty trucks (pickup), heavy duty truck (class 5
and class 8), without a trailer, with a small trailer (less
than 20 ft [7 m]), and with long trailers (up to 53 feet [16
So with a "plain" gearbox, I would not at all mind not having
power assist steering on a W115.
I learned to drive on non power steering vehicles. My father normally
did not go in for the frills. We had manual transmissions and power nothing.
I have had a number of vehicles over the years without power steering.
One of them was a 1968 Chevy pickup truck. It was ok at highway speeds
but a real devil to park. Not so much due to the effort it took to turn
the wheel so much as the number of turns required. The steering is slow
compared to power and it is thus more difficult to put into a parking
spot or to pull into the garage off of the street etc.
In any event, I suspect that it will be as easy to repair the leaks in
Clay's car as it will be to replace with a non power unit and thus
suggested he just enjoy the power steering.
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