SLK230 R170 Tramlining Solutions?

Discussion in 'Wheels, Tyres, Brakes & Suspension' started by mark999, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. mark999

    mark999 Member

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    Hi, I have a standard SLK230K with 16" wheels and Falken tyres. The car suffers badly from tramlining. Has anyone with a std car and 16" wheels found a solution to this? I understand tyre choice is very important.

    Thanks,
    Mark
     
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    moonloops MB Club Veteran

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    If it was me I be looking to do this in order:

    1. Full alignment (Wheels In Motion is one company that can do this)
    2. Change to a tyre that doesn't have a solid tread band/line down it like the falkens do.
    3. Get suspension / steering rack checked
    4. I assume you have checked tyre pressures but it's always worth mentioning.
     
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  3. andy27168

    andy27168 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Hi,
    As you say tyre choice is very important, but so is steering geometry, ensure you have nothing worn suspension wise and get a proper 4 wheel alignment done.
     
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    BEJ Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I had this on my SLK 230 and on changing the worn ( 2 - 3mm) front tyres to Contisport 3's, same as on the rear, the problem disappeared.
     
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    mark999

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    Hi, thanks for your replies I'll look in to 4 wheel alignment and some different tyres.

    Mark
     
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    Dieselman Banned

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    Check the steering drag link for worn joints, first.
     
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    mark999

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    Hi thanks for all your help. It turns out the steering damper was shot. Only had a short drive since having it changed, first impressions are that it isn't trying to pull itself off the road any more.
    Mark
     

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