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11-05-2015, 11:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 468
Posted By MB-Dude

CEL - 1089 (P0456) Code Thrown

A couple days ago in she-who-must-be-obeyed '06 C230, CEL came on. DAS reported code "1089 - Purge control system has a slight leak (minor leak) (P0456)". Cleared the code but it returned a day...
10-13-2015, 04:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,679
Posted By MB-Dude

It is VERY understandable that you wish to avoid...

It is VERY understandable that you wish to avoid the ills of the soft top hydraulics. I am deep into the cylinder changeout as I write this and although I am mechanically inclined, the neighborhood...
10-13-2015, 04:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 13,704
Posted By MB-Dude

Something has to turn the hydraulic pump off. It...

Something has to turn the hydraulic pump off. It is supposed to stop just short of fully engaging the latch so that the soft close can gently pull the lid down. In my case (and I think others), the...
10-12-2015, 03:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,679
Posted By MB-Dude

Not a clue as to the weight savings by removing...

Not a clue as to the weight savings by removing the soft top and cylinders, though the soft top frame/canvas is fairly weighty. There are a couple proximity switches that may be problematic if their...
10-12-2015, 02:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 13,704
Posted By MB-Dude

-BUMP- Keeping this frustrating issue alive. ...

-BUMP- Keeping this frustrating issue alive. Any additional input? Really hoping an MB Tech can chime in on how the trunk closing sequence works, specifically what triggers the trunk lid hydraulic...
09-19-2015, 02:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 45,199
Posted By MB-Dude

As strange as it may sound, check out the local...

As strange as it may sound, check out the local wrecking yards that have a selection of MB's. The nice thing about a fuse is it's easy to test, and it either works or it doesn't. I'm sure Potomac...
09-19-2015, 02:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,432
Posted By MB-Dude

I like the black rims with the silver paint. I...

I like the black rims with the silver paint. I lowered my S55 using washers in the front and adjustable MB links in the back. But my driveway has a wicked hump/rise, so I can't get it as low as...
09-19-2015, 02:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 423
Posted By MB-Dude

With interior leather, the best offense is great...

With interior leather, the best offense is great defense. I'm anal about finding shade for the interior. Wife doesn't get it. But I'll park at the end the lot or a 1/4-mile away just to keep the...
09-19-2015, 02:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,432
Posted By MB-Dude

Beautiful. How much did you drop, using the...

Beautiful. How much did you drop, using the links?
Cheers,
Jeff
09-16-2015, 12:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 13,704
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks for the input Joe. To my knowledge, the...

Thanks for the input Joe. To my knowledge, the PSE module receives input data from the trunk lid positional sensor and the latch assembly within the trunk lid. The PSE then sends activation signals...
09-14-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,625
Posted By MB-Dude

Front end looks like a sporty version of the...

Front end looks like a sporty version of the Queen Family Truckster.
09-14-2015, 02:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,625
Posted By MB-Dude

O...M...G! Considering the front of this......

O...M...G! Considering the front of this... vehicle... reminds me of Kryton from BBC's 'Red Dwarf', makes me wonder what blockhead would create such a monstrosity. [Think I need one of those lil'...
09-14-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,629
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks Mike for relaying your experience. Yes, I...

Thanks Mike for relaying your experience. Yes, I am waiting for a Keyless-Go replacement key. Just out of curiosity, did you order a standard key? Or a chrome key?

Cheers,
Jeff
09-14-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 11,953
Posted By MB-Dude

Skylaw’s procedure states, “Place the A/C switch...

Skylaw’s procedure states, “Place the A/C switch on the A/C control panel in Auto, and the recirc button on. Then press the button between the temp controls and hold it until all of the windows and...
09-14-2015, 02:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,629
Posted By MB-Dude

BUMP Has anyone acquired a new W220 key from a...

BUMP Has anyone acquired a new W220 key from a dealer recently? I am STILL on back order. Inquiring minds want to know!
Cheers,
Jeff
09-14-2015, 01:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 13,704
Posted By MB-Dude

John - You probably have the same situation as I...

John - You probably have the same situation as I do. The lid appears to move faster as it approaches the latch, but I think it's just the geometry of the drive cylinder and the trunk hinge.


...
09-13-2015, 02:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 705
Posted By MB-Dude

Weird problem. In an old carburetor engine, it...

Weird problem. In an old carburetor engine, it sounds like vapor lock. But that's not applicable in an FI system. I've never experienced a CPS failure but I don't think it would be an intermittent...
09-12-2015, 08:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 40,237
Posted By MB-Dude

Piece of cake! Electrical connector X23 is below...

Piece of cake! Electrical connector X23 is below the roll bar hinge point, behind the passenger seat, tucked behind the side 'carpet' attachment. Very easy to get to. I disconnected it and simply...
09-12-2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 40,237
Posted By MB-Dude

Outstanding write-up Cliff - THANKS! Love the...

Outstanding write-up Cliff - THANKS! Love the "Will Robinson" warning... Danger! Danger! But you are absolutely correct about the warning - that roll bar kicks up uber-UBER fast. I had it activate...
09-12-2015, 02:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 13,704
Posted By MB-Dude

It's as if the lid closing pump is activating for...

It's as if the lid closing pump is activating for too long a time, or whatever mechanism/signal/timeout/whatever that is supposed to turn off the pump is not being triggered correctly.
Cheers,
Jeff
09-12-2015, 02:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 13,704
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks Russell for the thoughts on the struts. ...

Thanks Russell for the thoughts on the struts. Both have been replaced within the last 3 months with MB-dealer parts. They were replaced to solve a lid-won't-stay-up problem. But the trunk...
09-12-2015, 02:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 45,199
Posted By MB-Dude

Tony, This statement is, I think, very...

Tony,

This statement is, I think, very important. If by using an external battery to run the engine, the main engine management circuits must be acceptable. You're getting fuel and air in...
09-12-2015, 02:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,418
Posted By MB-Dude

Regarding scenario #2, I would suspect, perhaps,...

Regarding scenario #2, I would suspect, perhaps, a weak AC directional valve. Perhaps with the windows and/or sunroof open, there is a mean-free path for air to be blown through the cowl inlet,...
09-12-2015, 01:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 13,704
Posted By MB-Dude

Hmmm... Please elaborate. I'm unaware of an air...

Hmmm... Please elaborate. I'm unaware of an air line associated with trunk closing, so I may be learning something new here. Thanks.
Cheers,
Jeff
09-11-2015, 08:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 13,704
Posted By MB-Dude

Trunk Lid Slams Shut Every Time

Been battling this problem for a while now - When using the automatic trunk closing activation, the lid travels down fairly quickly but does not stop until it slams into the latch and is physically...
09-11-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 12,177
Posted By MB-Dude

I suspect the LEDs you installed are on the cusp...

I suspect the LEDs you installed are on the cusp of drawing enough current sometimes, then sometimes not. The variable is the battery/charging circuit and overall current draw while the car is...
09-11-2015, 02:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,204
Posted By MB-Dude

Simply take your VIN to the local MB dealer and...

Simply take your VIN to the local MB dealer and ask them to run a Master Inquiry. You'll get the paint code(s), interior codes, and other stuff.
Cheers,
Jeff
09-11-2015, 02:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,156
Posted By MB-Dude

Where were you in my life last year?!? LOL ...

Where were you in my life last year?!? LOL Great write up. Thanks!
Cheers,
Jeff
09-11-2015, 02:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,418
Posted By MB-Dude

Regarding scenario #1, this is not unusual for...

Regarding scenario #1, this is not unusual for any vehicle, depending on how long the hard acceleration is occurring. Full-throttle events cause a drop in system vacuum, which can cause AC valves to...
09-11-2015, 01:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 12,177
Posted By MB-Dude

Regardless of where the LED bulbs are installed,...

Regardless of where the LED bulbs are installed, their current draw is not sufficient enough to allow the 'burned out bulb' circuitry to detect it as operational. MB electrical engineers assume each...
09-11-2015, 01:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,714
Posted By MB-Dude

As I posted in an earlier thread, my S55 had a...

As I posted in an earlier thread, my S55 had a very bad vibration issue. For me, the issue was very apparent at ~2500 RPM, regardless of transmission gear or road speed. After trying a couple of...
09-10-2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,629
Posted By MB-Dude

Is There are Shortage of W220 Keys From Germany?

Ordered a replacement key through MB of Tacoma (and paid for it upfront!) for my '05 W220 a couple months ago and was told that there is a severe backorder - I was (at the time) 184th on the...
09-10-2015, 09:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 40,237
Posted By MB-Dude

Seeking How to Raise the Roll Bar Manually

Knee-deep into the infamous SL hydraulic cylinder removal. Ive got a couple leaking; one real bad. Only time before the others go, so pulling em all out. Im using the instructions from Top...
06-27-2015, 03:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 445
Posted By MB-Dude

Battery. These cars need a good, full 12+ volts...

Battery. These cars need a good, full 12+ volts to operate well. And in my experience, around 13 volts is better. A weak battery looks OK at ~12 volts with a meter but the circuits draw a lot of...
06-25-2015, 01:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,031
Posted By MB-Dude

Frankly, I don't think the repairs needed will be...

Frankly, I don't think the repairs needed will be as expensive as you think. The wiring harness is probably in bad shape not because of the country and mice, but because of a choice of material when...
06-17-2015, 02:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,325
Posted By MB-Dude

If the current owner 'knows' Mercedes, then the...

If the current owner 'knows' Mercedes, then the price reflects a potential train wreck. If the owner doesn't know Mercedes, then why is the car being offered so low? Either way, you're going to be...
06-13-2015, 10:51 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,250
Posted By MB-Dude

Well, at least the tail lights work. :) ...

Well, at least the tail lights work. :)
Cheers,
Jeff
06-13-2015, 10:46 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,250
Posted By MB-Dude

Ah, yes... The eternal Mercedes love/hate...

Ah, yes... The eternal Mercedes love/hate relationship. I believe there is a psychology term for it... Merlexia. LOL
Cheers,
Jeff
06-13-2015, 02:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 756
Posted By MB-Dude

Look for a leaking actuating cylinder in the soft...

Look for a leaking actuating cylinder in the soft top storage boot area. When they start leaking, the fluid drips through a water drain hole in front corner of the storage area, each side.
Cheers,...
06-13-2015, 02:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 490
Posted By MB-Dude

Yeah, search functions on a large site such as...

Yeah, search functions on a large site such as this can be tedious and difficult. Nevertheless, Robert has provided excellent advice. Top Hydraulics has a good amount of info and expertise....
06-10-2015, 03:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 824
Posted By MB-Dude

Do you feel as if the power of the engine has...

Do you feel as if the power of the engine has dropped off, even a small bit? I ask because when I first got my V12, I was amazed by the power. After a couple months, the CEL illuminated and it...
06-08-2015, 01:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 910
Posted By MB-Dude

Congrats! Looks to be a lovely motorcar. Keep...

Congrats! Looks to be a lovely motorcar. Keep the maintenance up she'll run for a very long time.
Cheers,
Jeff
06-07-2015, 01:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 910
Posted By MB-Dude

When it comes to V12's, people either love 'em or...

When it comes to V12's, people either love 'em or hate 'em. A '94 with <100K on the clock suggests the car was not driven as an MB should. My SL600 has ~125K and it lets me know often that it wants...
06-07-2015, 01:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 824
Posted By MB-Dude

Out of curiosity, what's your average...

Out of curiosity, what's your average city/stop-n-go MPG? Any correlation?
Cheers,
Jeff
06-06-2015, 03:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 824
Posted By MB-Dude

Has your MPG been dropping steadily over time? ...

Has your MPG been dropping steadily over time? Or was there a sudden change? The former suggests normal wear and tear while the latter suggests equipment degradation. Depending on highway speed,...
06-06-2015, 03:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 384
Posted By MB-Dude

Check the level of fluid in the hydraulic pump,...

Check the level of fluid in the hydraulic pump, under the spare tire. Otherwise, it sounds like something may be binding. Or a position sensor has failed. The soft top opens and closes in a...
06-06-2015, 02:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 538
Posted By MB-Dude

Check the condition of the wiring harness,...

Check the condition of the wiring harness, specifically the wire insulation. If it's badly cracked, any number of symptoms can occur. Your model year falls in the infamous wiring harness fiasco. I...
06-01-2015, 01:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,218
Posted By MB-Dude

I did a simple Google search for - Mercedes P0705...

I did a simple Google search for - Mercedes P0705 code - and found a plethora of information. This one is problem the best link... http://engine-codes.com/p0705_mercedes-benz.html
Looks to be...
05-31-2015, 06:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,677
Posted By MB-Dude

Great thought John, but it only cured the...

Great thought John, but it only cured the external open button functionality. The trunk slamming issue remains unchanged. And I am noticing the trunk hydraulic pump is remaining activated for up to...
05-31-2015, 03:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,677
Posted By MB-Dude

I assume when you talk about resetting the TCU,...

I assume when you talk about resetting the TCU, you are talking about the key-to-position-2-hold-down-throttle-for-10-seconds routine. Or is there another TCU resetting procedure?
Cheers,
Jeff
05-31-2015, 03:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,160
Posted By MB-Dude

If memory serves, and depending on your specific...

If memory serves, and depending on your specific model, there may be a separate transmission cooler. If you do have to disconnect a transmission line, you'll only have to replace a small amount of...
05-30-2015, 08:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 524
Posted By MB-Dude

A picture would be worth a thousand words in this...

A picture would be worth a thousand words in this case. If you could upload a pic, it would be a cinch for one of us to identify it.
Cheers,
Jeff
05-30-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 474
Posted By MB-Dude

Problem Found - Almost Resolved

Good news is the DSP unit operates well - pressure where it should and vacuum where expected. After removing the telephone controller, I found 2 broken pressure tubes; the ones that feed the front...
05-30-2015, 08:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,677
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks Wally for the idea. However, pulling fuse...

Thanks Wally for the idea. However, pulling fuse #62 (yellow 20A) made no difference. It did however send me down a troubleshooting path. Indeed, pulling the fuse disables the PSE... which...
05-30-2015, 03:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 490
Posted By MB-Dude

Welcome to the SL world! You'll love the car in...

Welcome to the SL world! You'll love the car in So. Cal.! The hydraulic leak you describe is the classic symptom of a leaky top latch actuator. Very common problem. More of a wear-and-tear item. ...
05-30-2015, 03:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,728
Posted By MB-Dude

Off the top of my head, there are only a couple...

Off the top of my head, there are only a couple of reset sequences. And they can be accomplished in any order. With ignition on and doors closed, hold each window button to fully close each window....
05-30-2015, 03:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,677
Posted By MB-Dude

Worked on this problem again today. Checked the...

Worked on this problem again today. Checked the pump (thanks for the thought, John) and the reservoir is full. Also reverified the overall installation of the drive cylinder, sensor rod and sensor....
05-29-2015, 12:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,677
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks John for the tips. Unfortunately, I had...

Thanks John for the tips. Unfortunately, I had already tried the 10-second rule procedure with no success. And I changed the struts (with MB OEM parts) to cure the infamous trunk lid guillotine...
05-28-2015, 04:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 527
Posted By MB-Dude

Elle - Can you be more specific on the vacuum...

Elle - Can you be more specific on the vacuum gauge operating intermittent? For example, when the gauge reads zero, is that when the engine performance is always the worst? If so, maybe you have a...
05-28-2015, 03:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,642
Posted By MB-Dude

Dirty or fouled injectors? Although MB purists...

Dirty or fouled injectors? Although MB purists cringe, I've had good experience with adding Techron or Seafoam injector cleaner to the fuel. No overnight miracles but results become noticeable...
05-28-2015, 03:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 447
Posted By MB-Dude

First, welcome! For the stereo issue, if it's a...

First, welcome! For the stereo issue, if it's a factory Bose system, check the electrical connections to the subwoofer behind the driver's seat. If there are any aftermarket stereo pieces...
05-28-2015, 03:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 362
Posted By MB-Dude

I had a similar experience with a Ford Mustang...

I had a similar experience with a Ford Mustang many moons ago. Flushed the cooling system and then perpetually hot air... really hot air. In that case, it was the hot water circulation valve being...
05-28-2015, 03:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 394
Posted By MB-Dude

The top is definitely not stainless, but I'm not...

The top is definitely not stainless, but I'm not sure it's aluminum, either. I want to say it's basic sheet steel for rigidity. Frankly, never really looked or paid attention. But the top just...
05-28-2015, 03:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 476
Posted By MB-Dude

Welcome to the forum, James! The SL is a great...

Welcome to the forum, James! The SL is a great model and the 5-liter power plant is solid. Lots of good information on the forum and lots of good people to bounce questions off. Wishing you luck...
05-28-2015, 03:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,981
Posted By MB-Dude

Sorry, no initial thoughts on the ASR issue. Use...

Sorry, no initial thoughts on the ASR issue. Use the search function, and don't get discouraged if you don't find a hint or an answer right away. Search functions are nice... but anally stupid and...
05-28-2015, 03:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 350
Posted By MB-Dude

Congrats on your acquisition! You'll love the...

Congrats on your acquisition! You'll love the SL; a ton of fun. For your rear view mirror repairs, review this thread, beginning at post #5......
05-26-2015, 09:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,677
Posted By MB-Dude

Trunk Lid Open & Close Limits

Unusual problem has developed - the trunk lid does not open all the way to the extreme limit (say, short by a few degrees) and when the trunk lid closes it slams (and I mean *slams*) hard onto the...
05-26-2015, 09:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 474
Posted By MB-Dude

Plumbing/Piping Schematic Needed for Code 9250

The dynamic seats in my '05 S55 have stopped working. StarDiag shows code 9250 - Pressure Buildup Not Possible. Pump could be shot, or there is a leak somewhere. Haven't worked on the dynamic...
05-26-2015, 09:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,163
Posted By MB-Dude

No Joy

Tried 10 times to load v14 into my '05 S55 - same error each time. Each attempt started and ended at the same point. The software starts to load for a second or two, then aborts and gives a...
05-26-2015, 03:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,981
Posted By MB-Dude

Congrats on your new V12. People either love 'me...

Congrats on your new V12. People either love 'me or hate 'me. Personally, I love mine. Your ADS fluid tank is directly behind the RH headlamp assembly and is easily accessible with the hood open. ...
05-26-2015, 02:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,163
Posted By MB-Dude

When using v14.0 for the first time, are there...

When using v14.0 for the first time, are there any settings or adjustments needed? In my '05 W220, the v14 DVD gives me a software loading error. As my v10 DVD works fine, I'm suspecting the v14...
05-26-2015, 02:52 AM
05-18-2015, 01:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,453
Posted By MB-Dude

I, too, was amazed that my newly acquired S55...

I, too, was amazed that my newly acquired S55 didn't come with a dipstick. But I found a fabulous - and perfect - dipstick at the local wrecking yard. This post has the details...
...
04-17-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 806
Posted By MB-Dude

Agreed. While a Star Diagnostic system is...

Agreed. While a Star Diagnostic system is pricier and more cumbersome than an OBDII reader, the versatility of a Star system provides so much more troubleshooting and testing capability that...
04-16-2015, 10:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 634
Posted By MB-Dude

I had a similar situation where the trunk would...

I had a similar situation where the trunk would sometimes open all the way, sometimes stop halfway or so. Ibeforreal's suggestion worked for me. These are the steps i used...
1) Turn on ignition....
04-16-2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,043
Posted By MB-Dude

Did you ever get this won't-stay-open problem...

Did you ever get this won't-stay-open problem resolved? My S55 is having the same issue except it opens fine and slowly closes after a couple seconds. It's embarrassing to have to prop the trunk...
11-12-2013, 11:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,415
Posted By MB-Dude

This is a fairly common problem. Do a search for...

This is a fairly common problem. Do a search for SRS Light and you'll get all your answers.
Cheers,
Jeff
11-09-2013, 11:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,042
Posted By MB-Dude

Keith, Verify the electrical connectors at...

Keith,

Verify the electrical connectors at the PSE unit. The trunk switches and sensors feed directly back to the PSE unit. Cork is correct, the unit does not require any setup IF it is the...
11-06-2013, 06:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 782
Posted By MB-Dude

I've never found one. There are some key circuit...

I've never found one. There are some key circuit programmers available, but the price far exceeds the dealer cost for even 2 new keys. In a perfect world, I would love to be able to reprogram an...
10-29-2013, 07:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 415
Posted By MB-Dude

Help Ensure Mechanical Key Opens Trunk

While repairing the soft-close function of my trunk lid, I took time to study how the design works for using the mechanical key. IMHO, there is a weak link in the design as there is a plastic snap...
10-26-2013, 01:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,791
Posted By MB-Dude

Quadcammer - Does the vibration seem worst at...

Quadcammer - Does the vibration seem worst at ~2,300 RPM? And does it seem worse in 3rd gear? These are my symptoms and the Torque Convertor is highly suspect. Like you, have replaced just about...
10-24-2013, 11:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 466
Posted By MB-Dude

+1 to Biker. Absolutely guarantee the car was...

+1 to Biker. Absolutely guarantee the car was not designed to run that way. I'd find a more reputable repair shop. There are certain circumstances where MB's will not qualify for US 'Smog', but...
10-24-2013, 11:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 987
Posted By MB-Dude

OMG... I just read this thread, start to finish. ...

OMG... I just read this thread, start to finish. I have the patience of Job! LOL And thanks 'Steve' for bringing me back to reality... I was on the precipice and you drew me back to the rationale...
10-24-2013, 11:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 987
Posted By MB-Dude

LOLx2 Awesome, dude... whoever you are. ...

LOLx2 Awesome, dude... whoever you are.
Cheers,
Jeff
Forum: Texas
10-19-2013, 02:14 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 10,940
Posted By MB-Dude

I have a Star DAS Setup. PM me and we can setup...

I have a Star DAS Setup. PM me and we can setup a date/time to check it out.
Cheers,
Jeff
10-19-2013, 02:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 987
Posted By MB-Dude

The CPS controls the fuel pump/flow. ...

The CPS controls the fuel pump/flow. Theoretically, if you KNOW you have proper fuel pressure (i.e.: with a gauge), then that alone would rule out the CPS. But stranger things have been known to...
10-16-2013, 11:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 987
Posted By MB-Dude

Hmmm... If starting fluid gets a response,...

Hmmm... If starting fluid gets a response, albeit a poor one, that would suggest the plugs are firing. Thus, the coil packs are probably OK. At least most of them. BTW, you can test spark at the...
10-14-2013, 12:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 987
Posted By MB-Dude

You say it's not getting fuel pressure (at the...

You say it's not getting fuel pressure (at the windshield (?)). Have you used a gauge to measure the pressure; not just seeing it spurting out? Normally, a "loud like knock" is not a good thing. ...
09-30-2013, 07:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 606
Posted By MB-Dude

OK, good - wasn't what I thought it was. The...

OK, good - wasn't what I thought it was. The easiest way to do this is to carefully remove the passenger side plug. The plastic plug housing will have a #1 and a #2 embossed on the housing. ...
09-30-2013, 06:10 PM
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Views: 4,685
Posted By MB-Dude

Attached is the document I was trying to find. ...

Attached is the document I was trying to find. On page 6, you'll find the second-source ATF for a 2001 MY. Should be the same through the W220 series with a 722.6 transmission.
Cheers,
Jeff
09-30-2013, 06:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 606
Posted By MB-Dude

Can you upload a picture of the situation? Your...

Can you upload a picture of the situation? Your description is a bit confusing and vague. If the problem is what I think your writing, epoxy isn't going to solve it! A picture is worth a thousand...
09-30-2013, 12:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,685
Posted By MB-Dude

I'm not sure which specification is applicable,...

I'm not sure which specification is applicable, but my MB Dealer parts guys tell me Shell ATF-134 Transmission Fluid is a direct replacement in my '05 S55. Attached is Shell ATF-134 Product Data...
09-28-2013, 12:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,166
Posted By MB-Dude

Wally has a good suggestion for listening for...

Wally has a good suggestion for listening for leaks and noises in general. Sort of like a stethoscope. I would only suggest adding a short piece of metal tubing on the probing end, just to help...
09-26-2013, 07:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,166
Posted By MB-Dude

Listen closely to your air pump(s) and lines. ...

Listen closely to your air pump(s) and lines. You probably have something leaking air or a pressure relief valve relieving pressure. I assume the frequency of engine 'flatulence' varies with RPM. ...
09-26-2013, 01:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,418
Posted By MB-Dude

Regarding rear sphere shelf life... not a $%&@...

Regarding rear sphere shelf life... not a $%&@ clue! LOL That said, the engineering side of my brain thinks they would be probably last a long time on the shelf. Their 'action' doesn't occur until...
09-26-2013, 01:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,166
Posted By MB-Dude

Does your car have ABC and does the noise also...

Does your car have ABC and does the noise also have a bit of shutter or subtle vibration when the noise occurs? There is a [damn, can't think of the name] vibration accumulator that is tied to the...
09-26-2013, 09:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 509
Posted By MB-Dude

Suggestion: Start a new thread on this one. ...

Suggestion: Start a new thread on this one. Keeps the topics orderly and easier for people to search in the future. And strive to be as descriptive as possible (specifically, where, exact when,...
09-25-2013, 09:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,418
Posted By MB-Dude

LOL Yup, SA gets hot... and humid. Leather...

LOL Yup, SA gets hot... and humid. Leather conditioner is a commodity here. Fortunately, my chariots get the (relative) comfort of the garage. Your mileage now makes sense, for I changed my first...
09-25-2013, 06:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,418
Posted By MB-Dude

Out of curiosity, how many miles? I replaced all...

Out of curiosity, how many miles? I replaced all 4 accumulators in my SL600 ~8 years ago, but they need to be replaced again. The ride isn't quite as bad as it was before, but is getting 'harder';...
09-25-2013, 04:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 509
Posted By MB-Dude

Funny, I just had my radiator out last month. ...

Funny, I just had my radiator out last month. Two bolts toward the top. The bottom of the radiator has a couple tabs that slide into frame. If you need just one bolt, you have a couple options. ...
09-25-2013, 01:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 528
Posted By MB-Dude

My MB parts guy tells me the Front RH SAM part...

My MB parts guy tells me the Front RH SAM part number is 034-545-65-32. This is p/n for a 2000 S430. This is the part that I would recommend seeking.

Be careful about used SAM units. It is...
09-24-2013, 11:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 961
Posted By MB-Dude

Zerodegre - Regarding the Sat installation, there...

Zerodegre - Regarding the Sat installation, there is more to it than just the 'box'. Antenna (aka Trunk Tumor), etc. The installation is straightforward. I have been researching install on my 05...
09-24-2013, 11:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 528
Posted By MB-Dude

+1 good advice. Subtleties do occur across model...

+1 good advice. Subtleties do occur across model years.
Cheers,
Jeff
09-24-2013, 03:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 528
Posted By MB-Dude

If it were me, I'd work toward installing the...

If it were me, I'd work toward installing the correct part number designed for my car. With that said, it's possible MB retired your original SAM part number and made the one currently installed as...
09-24-2013, 01:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 987
Posted By MB-Dude

Then, 'Mechanic, go forth and heal thy chariot.'

Then, 'Mechanic, go forth and heal thy chariot.'
09-23-2013, 12:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 987
Posted By MB-Dude

Derek - I have no idea what 'button' you are...

Derek - I have no idea what 'button' you are referring to. There is a fitting on the front of the fuel rail that is used for testing fuel delivery pressure. It's a fitting with a tight fitting cap;...
09-22-2013, 09:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 987
Posted By MB-Dude

Yeah, the fuel in the tank is probably...

Yeah, the fuel in the tank is probably bad/contaminated. You don't need to drop the fuel tank, just remove the fuel line and let gravity do it's thing. Remember - safety first! Lots of...
09-22-2013, 05:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 987
Posted By MB-Dude

Probably contaminated fuel. Try this... 1)...

Probably contaminated fuel. Try this...

1) Drain the fuel tank. Refill with ~5 gallons fresh premium-grade gasoline.

2) Connect a hose to the fuel rail to help purge out whatever is on the...
09-22-2013, 05:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,160
Posted By MB-Dude

Yes - The left headlamp is controlled by the...

Yes - The left headlamp is controlled by the passenger-side SAM. I know it seems counter-intuitive, but that's the way they're wired. (For reference, the RH headlamp is controlled by the...
09-21-2013, 10:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 865
Posted By MB-Dude

in the for-what's-worth department, I get...

in the for-what's-worth department, I get periodic false alarms on my left front bumper. I have traced it to a specific sensor that happens to be quite sensitive *IF* it's pushed into the bumper...
09-21-2013, 10:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,160
Posted By MB-Dude

Not sure about the 'safety feature' angle. One...

Not sure about the 'safety feature' angle. One of the front SAM's controls the anti-thief and that's where the hood latch circuitry ties in. (Open the hood, alarm activates, etc.) They SAM...
09-21-2013, 09:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,160
Posted By MB-Dude

Yup... SAM unit under the hood is bad. Identical...

Yup... SAM unit under the hood is bad. Identical symptoms to my situation. Replace the SAM - no programming needed - and you'll be right as rain.
Cheers,
Jeff
09-17-2013, 10:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,160
Posted By MB-Dude

I know this sounds weird, but turn on the...

I know this sounds weird, but turn on the headlights and open the hood. If the left headlight comes on, replace the passenger side SAM unit. I had this exact problem. I can't make this crap up!...
09-15-2013, 11:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,000
Posted By MB-Dude

Frankly, you get what you pay for, even from the...

Frankly, you get what you pay for, even from the China clones. They are cheap, in more ways than one. I've read some real horror stories about 'em. And they'll loaded with viruses. The viruses...
09-15-2013, 11:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,262
Posted By MB-Dude

Congrats on your new acquisition. 1) Poke...

Congrats on your new acquisition.

1) Poke around and read through the threads. Frankly, that's the best way to get up to speed on what to expect or be cautious of. This question has been...
09-15-2013, 11:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,000
Posted By MB-Dude

Diagnostic Assistance System. Often referred to...

Diagnostic Assistance System. Often referred to as Star Diagnostic. An external computer running software that communicates with the vehicles inboard computers.
Cheers,
Jeff
Forum: Texas
09-03-2013, 08:17 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 442
Posted By MB-Dude

AMSO Run to Utopia

Alamo Mercedes-Smart Owners (AMSO) is getting together for a run from Helotes, TX to Utopia, TX this Saturday. The run out to Utopia will be straight-forward where well stop in at the Lost Maples...
09-03-2013, 01:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 446
Posted By MB-Dude

I use the blister-packed bulbs (probably...

I use the blister-packed bulbs (probably Sylvania) found at any corner auto parts store. A bulb lasts me years, and years... That said, your issue may not be a bulb going bad as much as a poor...
09-03-2013, 01:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 9,542
Posted By MB-Dude

As silly as this sounds, try opening the hood...

As silly as this sounds, try opening the hood with the headlights on. If they come on when the hood opens, change the front SAM unit. Seriously. I had a situation where the LH headlight would only...
09-01-2013, 02:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,977
Posted By MB-Dude

Mike - Post #2 will give you the dimensions of...

Mike - Post #2 will give you the dimensions of the screw. It is an unusual thread pitch, but available. As to where to get one, I would search your geographical area for an industrial fastener...
08-29-2013, 11:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 20,227
Posted By MB-Dude

OK, Aus-MB-Tech... You've teased us long enough! ...

OK, Aus-MB-Tech... You've teased us long enough! Clearly, you've had some experience(s) regarding 722.6 torque convertor failures. In my case, you were very close on the prediction. So, what is...
08-29-2013, 01:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 20,227
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks Aus-MB-Tech for the thoughts. The ABC...

Thanks Aus-MB-Tech for the thoughts. The ABC Pulsation Dampener (or 'bulb') was replaced last year due to the infamous ABC drone that occurs. No change in the car's vibration, even though the...
08-28-2013, 04:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 20,227
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks Shardul for the info. Still trying to...

Thanks Shardul for the info. Still trying to determine if the TC is the issue.
Cheers,
Jeff
08-27-2013, 11:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,526
Posted By MB-Dude

In lieu of the registration, take the vehicle...

In lieu of the registration, take the vehicle title, issued by the state, to the dealer. Or an insurance document.
Cheers,
Jeff
08-26-2013, 04:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 20,227
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks Bobby for the response. In my S55 (722.6...

Thanks Bobby for the response. In my S55 (722.6 tranny), I get severe vibration at ~2,200 RPM, regardless of the gear. It is not related to ground speed, but RPM. Thus, the cause of the vibration...
08-23-2013, 12:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 20,227
Posted By MB-Dude

Torque Convertor Failure

Does a torque Convertor ever fail? And if so, what is the failure and what symptoms would the driver experience?
Cheers,
Jeff
08-23-2013, 12:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,798
Posted By MB-Dude

Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to share...

Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to share this info. Great pic with easy-to-understand description. Considering the last tranny I rebuilt was from a '65 Chevy... We've come a long way! Thanks...
08-20-2013, 03:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 602
Posted By MB-Dude

If memory serves, there is 1 O2 Sensor before...

If memory serves, there is 1 O2 Sensor before (upstream) each cat and 1 after (downstream) each cat. Thus, with dual exhaust, you'll need 2x before and 2x after sensors. There is a special wrench...
08-20-2013, 03:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,117
Posted By MB-Dude

No worries. Still good information and opinion...

No worries. Still good information and opinion was conveyed.
Cheers,
Jeff
08-20-2013, 12:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 496
Posted By MB-Dude

Try here......

Try here... www.mbusa.com/mercedes/service_and_parts/owners_manuals (http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/service_and_parts/owners_manuals)
Select year and S-class. Then download the .pdf file.
Cheers,...
08-20-2013, 12:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,117
Posted By MB-Dude

Now that the VIN has been decoded, I wouldn't be...

Now that the VIN has been decoded, I wouldn't be as concerned about a grey market 1998 as I would be for a grey market 1978. Things have changed dramatically over time. Also, it's possible that the...
08-19-2013, 05:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 9,904
Posted By MB-Dude

[/QUOTE] ...out of curiosity, how long have you...

[/QUOTE] ...out of curiosity, how long have you had your S55? How many miles have you put on it? What is the current mileage? Any difference in engine power/response as it has aged?...
08-18-2013, 11:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,482
Posted By MB-Dude

Your query is quite vague and diverse for the...

Your query is quite vague and diverse for the possibilities of answers. V12? 8- or 6-cylinders? Options? In the broad sense, some things to look for are... '94-'95 engine harness. Do a search...
08-18-2013, 02:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 9,904
Posted By MB-Dude

Yes. Found some basic information in MB document...

Yes. Found some basic information in MB document GF09.50-P3001AM (Supercharger control function),which is a very basic tutorial. As we know, the s/c is engaged through the s/c magnetic clutch. The...
08-09-2013, 11:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 899
Posted By MB-Dude

"Cheap gas" is probably not the culprit here, but...

"Cheap gas" is probably not the culprit here, but contaminated fuel *may* be. I had a situation ~6 months ago where a tank full of gas (from a Chevron station, no less), caused the engine to die 1...
08-05-2013, 11:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,887
Posted By MB-Dude

The trunk opening (and to a lesser degree,...

The trunk opening (and to a lesser degree, closing) is sensitive to vacuum. If the trunk lid mechanism was broken, I fear it will have to be replaced. I've never heard of a successful glue-repair...
07-30-2013, 10:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,563
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks guys for the input. I put a 12oz can in...

Thanks guys for the input. I put a 12oz can in and no strange noises, no compressor dumps, and colder air, especially at idle. The one can definitely helped. But what bothers this engineering mind...
07-29-2013, 08:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,563
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks for the suggestion but truth be told, I...

Thanks for the suggestion but truth be told, I did this already. But my conscience got the better of me and that's when I began investigating 'getting it right'. Adding a 12oz can did improve the...
07-29-2013, 05:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,563
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks Tower for the link - interesting...

Thanks Tower for the link - interesting information. I haven't replaced a component; the A/C in my S55 is just not as cold as it should be. Subjective, I know, but my '96 SL600 puts out down-right...
07-29-2013, 11:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,563
Posted By MB-Dude

Yes, I know. Auto AC is similar to building AC...

Yes, I know. Auto AC is similar to building AC in operation in that the refrigerant pressure changes based upon ambient air temp. But if I can obtain the nominal high/low pressure at say, 75F (or...
07-29-2013, 02:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,563
Posted By MB-Dude

High/Low R134a Pressures Needed

Does anyone know what the high/low R134a pressures should be for a W220? Need to recharge the system but can't find how much refrigerant to is nominal.
Cheers,
Jeff
07-22-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,306
Posted By MB-Dude

While 3rd gear may be the most prominent...

While 3rd gear may be the most prominent vibration point, carefully drive the car staying in one gear through the RPM range. Look for engine vibration at a particular RPM, regardless of ground...
07-13-2013, 11:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,977
Posted By MB-Dude

W4Sim - No worries; I'd be freakin' out too, if...

W4Sim - No worries; I'd be freakin' out too, if in your situation. I measured the hex nut with a thread gauge and the hex nut passed all the way through. At least that's what came out of my SC...
07-13-2013, 05:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,977
Posted By MB-Dude

Just took mine out and measured... 10mm x 1.0...

Just took mine out and measured... 10mm x 1.0 pitch, 5mm hex head.
Cheers,
Jeff
07-03-2013, 08:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,643
Posted By MB-Dude

I acknowledge the input and comments from my 3 MB...

I acknowledge the input and comments from my 3 MB colleagues, and thank them for taking time to input. However, the DAS program allows for variations in vehicle height - one can get to the screen...
07-03-2013, 05:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 700
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks Chris for the reply. Please note I...

Thanks Chris for the reply. Please note I inadvertently started this thread in the wrong forum; should have been under S55, not SL55. The first attempt, I did not follow with the Load Adjustment. On...
07-03-2013, 05:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,643
Posted By MB-Dude

ABC Lowering - What Am I Doing Wrong?

Yesterday, I posted this in the wrong section; belongs here...
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Trying to lower an '05 S55 with ABC using DAS. I change the height (about 1/2-inch), then input the inclination numbers,...
07-02-2013, 10:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 700
Posted By MB-Dude

ABC Lowering - What Am I Doing Wrong?

Trying to lower an '05 S55 with ABC using DAS. I change the height (about 1/2-inch), then input the inclination numbers, and get a message that the numbers have been successfully accepted. Everything...
06-21-2013, 11:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,769
Posted By MB-Dude

I have had wonderful sucess with a small battery...

I have had wonderful sucess with a small battery maintainer by Schumacher (model SEM-1562)...
http://www.batterychargers.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductName=94026717
Any unit used to maintain a...
06-04-2013, 12:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 42,556
Posted By MB-Dude

I have a similar problem at ~2300 RPM. Horrible...

I have a similar problem at ~2300 RPM. Horrible when cold, tolerable as the engine warms up. I suspect the vibration dampener is the root cause. Interestingly, I've experienced this on other, local...
05-31-2013, 08:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,342
Posted By MB-Dude

A Couple More Things...

On my SL600, I had a rear axle bearing that was making weird sounds and would randomly make a small vibration; especially around corners. In addition to J Spaulding's suggestion, while the car is up...
05-31-2013, 06:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,976
Posted By MB-Dude

Grane - Refer to my 3/3/13 post. My s/c had very...

Grane - Refer to my 3/3/13 post. My s/c had very little oil in the reservoir; about a tablespoon, maybe two. I'm sure the MB s/c is under utilized, but since there is no way of telling lubricant...
05-28-2013, 10:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,074
Posted By MB-Dude

Once the instrument cluster is removed (a very...

Once the instrument cluster is removed (a very simple feat), there will be a 1/4-turn light bulb directly behind the odometer readout. Replace the bulb, replace the cluster, and you should be done. ...
05-27-2013, 11:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,418
Posted By MB-Dude

To change the ADS Fluid in an R129, its best to...

To change the ADS Fluid in an R129, its best to have 2 people one behind the wheel activating the vehicle height switch, and the other under the hood monitoring/replenishing fresh ADS Fluid. ...
05-25-2013, 04:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,418
Posted By MB-Dude

I change mine every 30,000 miles. Fairly...

I change mine every 30,000 miles. Fairly straightforward but easier with 2 people.
Cheers,
Jeff
05-20-2013, 10:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,898
Posted By MB-Dude

Dumb Acronym Question

What is DAS in relation to the Star DAS Diagnostic System?
Cheers,
Jeff
05-20-2013, 12:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 667
Posted By MB-Dude

Obviously, can't answer how it happened but...

Obviously, can't answer how it happened but suspect the Pnuematic Pump based upon what you wrote. However, you say the trunk will not open "manually". Does this mean the mechanical key does not work?...
05-14-2013, 11:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,848
Posted By MB-Dude

Late to post, but I love my SL600. Truth be told,...

Late to post, but I love my SL600. Truth be told, picked mine up about 9 years ago and it was a piece of meat. Got it cheap but sunk serious bucks to get it back into shape. Runs great, looks great!...
05-14-2013, 11:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,351
Posted By MB-Dude

Do you have experience using MB Star to drop an...

Do you have experience using MB Star to drop an ABC-equipped W220 about 1 inch? I have access to an MB Star system, but lack the specific steps. Any help?
Cheers,
Jeff
05-14-2013, 11:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,386
Posted By MB-Dude

Do you have access to a Star Diagnostic System?...

Do you have access to a Star Diagnostic System? If not, send me a PM as I live in San Antonio and might be able to help you locally. The absence of a red light under the trunk close button would...
05-08-2013, 12:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,907
Posted By MB-Dude

Get a hold of Shardul. Price varies (I think)...

Get a hold of Shardul. Price varies (I think) based on component availability. But Shardul says what he can do and does what he says. And he's in Houston, so you're not dealing with overseas. Here's...
05-06-2013, 01:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,852
Posted By MB-Dude

Although most will gasp, I use a power washer...

Although most will gasp, I use a power washer every 6 months on my 3 cars. The trick with using water is to keep the spray pressure fairly low. But remember, a modern engine compartment is designed...
05-01-2013, 10:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,065
Posted By MB-Dude

When I replaced the PSE in my 2005 S55, it was...

When I replaced the PSE in my 2005 S55, it was plug and play; no programming needed.
Cheers,
Jeff
04-27-2013, 11:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 822
Posted By MB-Dude

It is true that Mercedes, in general, had a...

It is true that Mercedes, in general, had a severe wiring insulation issue when they used biodegradable materials. But that issue was resolved during the '95 model year. My '96 SL600 has the...
04-27-2013, 01:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 822
Posted By MB-Dude

I'd suspect more a connector problem than a...

I'd suspect more a connector problem than a specific wire issue. Or perhaps something within the cluster; a poorly seated circuit board, etc. I'd try reseating the 2 connectors in the back of the...
Forum: Texas
04-21-2013, 11:52 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 10,940
Posted By MB-Dude

Not to fear, Ziggityzen! The FB page was...

Not to fear, Ziggityzen! The FB page was upgraded and relocated. 'Like' us on Facebook at 'Alamo Mercedes-Smart Owners'. Website remains the same......
04-18-2013, 04:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,322
Posted By MB-Dude

OK, Oliver... You got me thinking. A basic...

OK, Oliver... You got me thinking. A basic Internet search for "Mercedes" "M113 ML55" "Technical Specs" produces nothing of sustenance except for this...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XMlLgl79ek
...and...
04-18-2013, 03:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,322
Posted By MB-Dude

Oliver - Thanks for the input. My Star DAS has...

Oliver - Thanks for the input. My Star DAS has troubleshooting/verification code for variable valve timing listed for my VIN (2005 S55). In fairness, I have not had time to delve into it. But...
04-18-2013, 01:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,322
Posted By MB-Dude

Replacing the two engine mounts and trans mount...

Replacing the two engine mounts and trans mount will make the symptoms go away for awhile, but will not eliminate the problem. I am still plagued with RPM vibration at ~2.3K and I replaced all 3...
04-15-2013, 11:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 905
Posted By MB-Dude

Not sure; never seen it on any model. That said,...

Not sure; never seen it on any model. That said, your local dealer's parts guys should be able to call up the parts list for the trunk lid. On that drawing will be all the known USA emblem/badging...
04-15-2013, 11:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,292
Posted By MB-Dude

Reasonable possibility. I'd maintain guarded...

Reasonable possibility. I'd maintain guarded optimism. Regardless, sounds like your situation *may* be resolving itself. [Fingers crossed.]
Cheers,
Jeff
04-13-2013, 09:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,292
Posted By MB-Dude

Mr. Bobby, Out of curiosity, did the Indie...

Mr. Bobby,
Out of curiosity, did the Indie replace the ABC filter when he did the fluid change? There is an uber-fine mesh filter in the ABC reservoir that should be replaced with fluid changes....
04-13-2013, 09:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,137
Posted By MB-Dude

In my case (which is still ongoing), the relay...

In my case (which is still ongoing), the relay contacts were very corroded. Thus, the relay needed to be replaced. This alone had solved P0410 errors for others and you can do a search for P0410...
Forum: Texas
04-09-2013, 01:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 729
Posted By MB-Dude

Alamo Mercedes-Smart Owners out of San Antonio...

Alamo Mercedes-Smart Owners out of San Antonio have reserved a section for our group. We'll be running' up to Frisco Friday, 28 June, spend all day 29th at the meet and cruise home. Should be a great...
03-31-2013, 10:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,712
Posted By MB-Dude

It is my understanding that a 'fast flashing'...

It is my understanding that a 'fast flashing' turn signal indicates a burned out turn signal bulb. First question that comes to my mind is, does the 'fast flashing' occur when using the left or right...
Forum: Texas
03-27-2013, 11:14 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 10,940
Posted By MB-Dude

Absolutely! Check out this thread......

Absolutely! Check out this thread... https://mbworld.org/forums/texas/477028-san-antonio-mercedes-club-has-formed.html
This Saturday, we are meeting at the monthly Coffee & Rides, at the Vineyard...
03-17-2013, 01:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 838
Posted By MB-Dude

Is this the same technique used to lower the car...

Is this the same technique used to lower the car using Star? If so, can you point me to the page within Star? Not trying to get off-topic, but recently picked up a Star system and lowering the car...
03-08-2013, 01:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 495
Posted By MB-Dude

Welcome Rick! This is the place where you will...

Welcome Rick! This is the place where you will find most MB answers. Use the search function and read through what you can find. Arguably, most threads get off-topic here and there, but there is a...
03-03-2013, 11:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,350
Posted By MB-Dude

Awesome, dude! Love the lowered look. How did you...

Awesome, dude! Love the lowered look. How did you achieve it?
Cheers,
Jeff
03-03-2013, 11:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,976
Posted By MB-Dude

Triman - My experience is the hex nut is snug...

Triman - My experience is the hex nut is snug enough. I haven't used Loc-Tite on it, though it wouldn't hurt. I had zero seepage without it. I really encourage every s/c owner to do this simple...
03-03-2013, 08:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,976
Posted By MB-Dude

This is a good video! Only change I would suggest...

This is a good video! Only change I would suggest is to refill the s/c reservoir until the Mobil Jet II oil just starts to overflow out of the fill hole. Same concept as refilling a differential....
03-02-2013, 12:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,175
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks! I have been translating some of the...

Thanks! I have been translating some of the developer pages and will focus on this sequence this weekend.
Cheers,
Jeff
02-28-2013, 01:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,175
Posted By MB-Dude

Like everyone on this thread, I recently picked...

Like everyone on this thread, I recently picked up a Star DAS. BTW, got mine from Shardul and it worked perfectly out of the box. But I am hoping to get this thread back to Marktan's original...
Forum: W211 AMG
02-18-2013, 08:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 27,771
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks Cougar. I nailed the root problem today...

Thanks Cougar. I nailed the root problem today (relay) and will post closing thoughts in a different thread. Although I have the problem solved, I am interested in where to turn off the Secondary...
Forum: W211 AMG
02-18-2013, 12:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 27,771
Posted By MB-Dude

Good point. Within the SDS, where do I find the...

Good point. Within the SDS, where do I find the entry to 'remove' the secondary air pump circuit? Have an SDS but am new to it; still poking around having fun. But I have a W220 with a consistent...
Forum: Texas
02-13-2013, 05:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,711
Posted By MB-Dude

I used Eurasian Auto Repair for the PPI of my S55...

I used Eurasian Auto Repair for the PPI of my S55 and they nailed all the issues, including some subtle ones. Dont worry about the company name; they specialize in MBs. Give John Ly (Service...
02-10-2013, 09:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 783
Posted By MB-Dude

SL600 Intermittent Start Problem Becomes Permanent

I have been experiencing an intermittent starter engagement problem that now seems to be permanent. Turn the ignition key to position 2 (ignition) and all lights, electronics, etc. power up, can even...
01-26-2013, 12:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,048
Posted By MB-Dude

Picked up a unit from Shardul. Good price,...

Picked up a unit from Shardul. Good price, reasonable delivery, great quality, and most importantly, the unit worked right out of the shipping box. No fixes needed, no BS, no...
01-24-2013, 11:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,637
Posted By MB-Dude

Bad right front SAM. Picked up a Star DAS unit...

Bad right front SAM. Picked up a Star DAS unit but it didn't provide any absolutes. StarFinder however, strongly suggested the SAM as the culprit. Replaced it this afternoon and all problems cleared...
Forum: W211 AMG
01-24-2013, 01:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,317
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks!

Received my setup from Shardul yesterday. Worked perfectly right out of the box. No hassles, no BS, no fiddling, no tweaking, no adjustments or resetting - just worked! Looks to be high quality,...
Forum: Texas
01-17-2013, 11:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 647
Posted By MB-Dude

BUMP - Last chance to get on-board! Got a great...

BUMP - Last chance to get on-board! Got a great group of MB's making this run and meeting for comaraderie and good times! Send me a PM for details!
Cheers,
Jeff
Forum: Texas
01-14-2013, 03:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 647
Posted By MB-Dude

San Antonio MB Club Making 85-MPH Run!

The Alamo Mercedes-Smart Owners (AMSO) is gathering this Saturday (19 Jan) for a great run through back country roads, lunch at a great little hamburger joint, and then doing the main event an...
01-11-2013, 11:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 13,577
Posted By MB-Dude

Awesome, Marktan! Much appreciated. Cheers, ...

Awesome, Marktan! Much appreciated.
Cheers,
Jeff
01-09-2013, 12:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,048
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks Adam for the information. I'm moving down...

Thanks Adam for the information. I'm moving down the acquisition path now and will post results/findings as soon as I get the unit and laptop. I was prepping to call an Exorsist to cleanse my...
01-09-2013, 12:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 13,577
Posted By MB-Dude

Good news, Marktan! I was intrigued by your...

Good news, Marktan! I was intrigued by your problem as the P4010 error on my '05 S55 is uncannily similar. You discuss replacing the black solenoid, is that the one that activates the secondary air...
Forum: Texas
01-08-2013, 01:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,711
Posted By MB-Dude

San Antonio Mercedes Club Has Formed

Do you own a Mercedes, want to be involved with like-minded enthusiasts, but are tired of the stodgy, fossilized, sit-around-the-restaurant-table typical MB Club crowd? Owning a Mercedes is supposed...
01-08-2013, 12:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,637
Posted By MB-Dude

Yup... my first inclination was a marginal...

Yup... my first inclination was a marginal battery as the original factory battery was in the car. After 7 years, it was probably getting weak. So I replaced it with an offcial MB unit from the...
01-07-2013, 05:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,048
Posted By MB-Dude

Star C3/C4 Questions

My head is spinning! Ive read dozens of threads about the Star C3/C4, this site and BenzWorld, with most of the threads going back in time quite a way. Virtually all threads start off well, and...
01-07-2013, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,637
Posted By MB-Dude

Thanks Drew for the response. I do not have a SDS...

Thanks Drew for the response. I do not have a SDS and had been resisting getting one due to what seems like 50-50 odds of getting one to work/connect properly. Nevertheless, I'm starting another...
12-20-2012, 10:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,637
Posted By MB-Dude

Closing Hood Turns Off LH Headlight

Strange problem developed on my 2005 S55. With the headlight switch ON, whenever the engine hood is closed, the LH headlight turns off (but RH headlight remains on). Open the hood and the LH...
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