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Old 01-10-2019, 05:46 PM
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Hi all,
I'm a newbie to Mercedes but not to German cars. I had a Porsche 944S for about 4 years, then sold it for a Porsche 951 ( 944 turbo ) which I kept for 10 years.
The turbo didn't give me a bit of trouble other than routine maintenance like brakes, tires battery....etc. I had some issues with the 944S though.
I was not driving it much anymore (I only took it out on Sunday) so I decided to sell it about 10 months ago and haven't had a "toy" since [img]images/smilies/smile.gif
I just picked up a 2006 Mercedes CLK 500 without knowing a darn thing about them.
Cosmetically it is almost flawless but it does have a couple of issues.
I hope that I didn't get in over my head.....:/

The first being that I only have one key fob. The spare that was given to me...supposedly only needing a battery, turned out to be bad.
Fortunately I have some connections for getting a couple of new key fobs made up.

The keyless entry does not work although the keyless start does work.
I was told not to use the "lock" button on the self closing trunk because it sets off problems...what kind of problems, I don't know because I'm afraid to press it. I can lock the car with the key fob.
My main concern is that it appears to be leaking fluid at a stop with engine running. I was in my driveway with the engine running for about 15 minutes and after putting the car inside, I noticed wetness on the ground... [img]images/smilies/frown.gif
The "check system coolant" light did come on also.

OK, so that's my story. How much trouble am I in right now?
I have always worked on my Porsches myself and have never taken it in for any kind of service including replacing a broken valve spring and timing belts.
I'm hoping that I can also work on this car myself or at the least not spend a fortune on repairs.

Other than those couple of issues the car drives like a dream. Very smooth, quiet and lots of power. It is also almost flawless cosmetically.

I will attach a photo...

PS...I noticed the wetness was lower front driver side engine compartment sort of where you would see radiator area but there's a lot of stuff in the way. I'll need to get a good light and try to take a photo.

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Old 01-11-2019, 09:56 PM
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:41 PM
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Welcome! With your Porsche experience do you feel comfortable identifying the wetness between coolant and air conditioning condensation (water)? They are easy to distinguish.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:55 PM
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Usually if it's just wetness from A/C it will evaporate pretty quickly especially around 60 degrees F.....This wetness took a good 24 hours to dissipate and I can still see the outline on concrete. The good thing is that I didn't notice it much today but just saw a little dripping in my garage. I can still drive with no problems so I will take it in somewhere to get it checked in the future.

I'm working on getting two additional key fobs as I only have one working one right now.

I did some research and learned the from 04 to 06 the aux input was a dealer installed option. I am ordering the $20 harness to hook up myself and while it's a bit or work it doesn't look like too much of a job to get my AUX input installed and eventually get a bluetooth module also.

As with all newly purchased vehicles it takes a while to get things sorted....I really do love the car!









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