123 300 gripes

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hello, recently bought a 123 300td s wagon, manual, 170k miles.
Firstly there is a huge amount of play in steering box and after attempting to adjust it to no avail, you do turn the nut clockwise?!
I wonder if there is anyone in the Yorks are able to re con this box?
Incidentally, it was MOT'd the day before I bought it!

The engine also doesnt pull too well from low revs and produces a tickity ticky sound when accellerating which dissapears when cruising, Im told this is due to a tappet not emptying itself of oil, not really convinced, is there a way of checking this?

The throttle also appears to stick on for a split second when changing up the gears, however It doesnt happen when the throttle is open when stationary, cant get to the bottom of this one, could it be a vac related? I have lubricated cable and linkages.

appreciate any imput
 

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Hi

NO turn the nut anticlockwise!!...

The throttle sticking may be due to some vac problem, probably a leak somewhere...
 

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Looks like I am going to spoil the party. Mb claim that 2 inches of play in the steering wheel is the maximun play allowed (personally I think this is too much). I tried to adjust my steeing box to no avail. IMHO the only resolve to this problem is to fit an alternate box. Having done this I could talk you through it if you want.

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yes half the time you do need a new box, but i would try to adjust it first, worked perfectly for me.. However, dont over do it otherwise youll find the power steering will get hard..leave a bit of play...
 
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cheers chaps
I have now adjusted (anticlockwise) and now only have 1" of play on the steering wheel as opposed to three!
More adjustment can be made but have yet to test drive.
 
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have road tested and now able to keep in one lane!

one down

Have a feeling the ticky ticky noise is due to exhaust manifold gasket, difficult to check though.
 

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