front side marker error and mystery leak 2003 SL55 - MBWorld.org Forums

Go Back  MBWorld.org Forums > Mercedes-Benz SLR & SL Roadsters > SL-Class (R230)
front side marker error and mystery leak 2003 SL55 > front side marker error and mystery leak 2003 SL55
Notices
SL-Class (R230) 2003 -- 2012: Discussion on the SL500, SL550, SL600

front side marker error and mystery leak 2003 SL55

Reply

 
 
Old 10-10-2017, 08:11 PM
  #1
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 7
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
2003 SL55
front side marker error and mystery leak 2003 SL55

Had the car a few days. Finding bugs which I guess can be expected for a 15 year old car. Sorry for the largish pics

So I have the side front marker light message. Isn't i supposed to be in this location?


What could possibly leaking here? I didn't pop the hood, I just noticed the puddle when taking the fender pic. You can also see it in the above pic to get an orientation. Our drive is on a slope BTW

rudolphp is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2017, 10:58 PM
  #2
MBworld Guru
 
Rudeney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 7,572
Thanked 372 Times in 350 Posts
CURRENT: 2011 SL550, 2002 C240 FORMER: 2007 CLK550 Cabriolet, 2001 ML320, 1984 300TD
Your car has a custom bumper which does not have the side markers. I know a lot of people think the side markers are ugly and want to delete them, but when you do so, you get bulb errors. In some cases, people will keep the bulb and "hide" it behind the bumper. It's possible yours is this way and the bulb is out, so replacing it will fix the error.

The windshield washer fluid reservoir is located in the front bumper in that areas, so maybe that's the leak? if it's oily, then it could be from an ABC hose or valve block.
Rudeney is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2017, 11:35 PM
  #3
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: amarillo texas
Posts: 223
Thanked 21 Times in 21 Posts
2003 sl 500
leak

It might be a leaky headlight washer. If so it will drain the windscreen washer reservoir entirely over time and you get the low washer fluid warning. One of my threads shows a solution for this that will keep you ok without replacing the washer assembly ($225 or so) if that is indeed the problem. If it is oil leaking I agree it may be something about the valve assembly which is in that area that has gone bad. Welcome to the forum!

moretech

Last edited by moretech; 10-10-2017 at 11:38 PM.
moretech is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2017, 11:25 AM
  #4
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 7
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
2003 SL55
Thanks guys. Good to know on the bumper.

The leak is oily. Haven't investigated yet but I think I have a leak in one of the top cylinders.The fluid was way low, actually I lowered the top and couldn't get it back up. I added fluid to the pump. Of course that is a tedious process with overflows so I'm curious now if that may have just come from that and happened to drop on the drive as I was driving off..

After adding the fluid and cycling the top a couple of times I noticed the level was down a good bit again. Is it possible for a cylinder to leak that much fluid that quickly or was it just bleeding out air?
rudolphp is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2017, 11:39 AM
  #5
Senior Member
 
kbob999's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Parker, CO
Posts: 486
Thanked 66 Times in 62 Posts
All my cars are blown! '11 E350 Diesel P2 Sport; '03 SL55 AMG; '03 C32 AMG; '05 Subaru Baja Turbo
My front bumper also has the marker light delete. I also got the side marker light out error.
The bulbs were burning under the bumper, and melted holes in the plastic fender liner!
I put new bulbs in, and tied them up so they would not burn anything. You should do the same.
kbob999 is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2017, 04:04 PM
  #6
Member
 
dRockSL55's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 150
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
MBs: SL55, GLK350
Your driveway looks to be stained blue, it is most likely just a windshield washer fluid leak. Given the position, the drivers headlamp washer nozzle and hoses should be checked thoroughly. I had a similar problem in my SL causing fluid leak, especially with a filled reservoir. I now have new washer nozzles and hoses installed. No leaks.
dRockSL55 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2017, 05:25 PM
  #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 52
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
2003 SL500
Originally Posted by Rudeney View Post

The windshield washer fluid reservoir is located in the front bumper in that areas, so maybe that's the leak? if it's oily, then it could be from an ABC hose or valve block.
I thought that reservoir is on the passenger side. Am I wrong?
alk247 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2017, 08:06 PM
  #8
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: amarillo texas
Posts: 223
Thanked 21 Times in 21 Posts
2003 sl 500
For my '03 sl500 the reservoir is in the rear of the rt. front wheel well. For Sure--I repaired it awhile back.

moretech
moretech is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2017, 10:26 PM
  #9
MBworld Guru
 
Rudeney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 7,572
Thanked 372 Times in 350 Posts
CURRENT: 2011 SL550, 2002 C240 FORMER: 2007 CLK550 Cabriolet, 2001 ML320, 1984 300TD
Yep - you guys are right - washer fluid reservoir is on the passenger side behind the wheel. I was thinking of it in terms of the W203/W209 chassis.

Anyhow, if the fluid is oily, I'll bet it's from the ABC system. The top hydraulics would leak into the trunk or headliner.
Rudeney is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2017, 01:01 PM
  #10
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 7
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
2003 SL55
Yes. It's oily and oddly is a bit volatile as it will finally evaporate and leaves a bit of greenish tint which would be the pentosin.I'm wagering

What part would be the prime culprit? Popped the hood today for a good look and everything so packed in there can;t really see anything
rudolphp is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2017, 01:55 PM
  #11
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: amarillo texas
Posts: 223
Thanked 21 Times in 21 Posts
2003 sl 500
Time to jack it up. Remove left front tire and the fender well forwardmost liner. You will notice a smaller panel hooked to the liner and the bumper which you might remove. Get plenty of light and look for an assembly crammed in the bumper where all sorts of hoses feed into. You also will see a big can like object (front accumulator) connecting to the valve body and multiple connecting hoses. Look for a leaky hose. This is my first thought of what is wrong. Once you identify which one is shot (if any) come back to the forum and get advice as to where the other end of the line is. Hopefully other members will chime in here and aid in your repair process if it's a hose leak. I had to do an accumulator job but haven't yanked any hoses yet. They can be pretty winded around down there. This process will get you started.

moretech

Last edited by moretech; 10-12-2017 at 02:00 PM.
moretech is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2017, 02:08 PM
  #12
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 7
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
2003 SL55
Thanks so much for the help that has giving me a great start. May be a while before I'm able to poke around in there but.... "I'll be back"
rudolphp is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2017, 02:48 PM
  #13
Member
 
dRockSL55's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 150
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
MBs: SL55, GLK350
I recently had my front bumper off for a few projects (including accumulator and some ABC front hoses) here is a pic I drew an arrow to the front accumulator which also has the front valve block directly behind it (nearer front tire)




The stain really does not look like pentosin to me, however. You have a light concrete driveway, the pentosin stain would typically remain for a long time with a darker oil spot. I've spilled plenty of pentosin now in my various ABC hose repairs to see the marks It doesn't evaporate near that easily. Wiper fluid, on the other hand, evaporates fairly quick and leaves the blue stain residue you look to have streaking down the driveway from the drip point (from the picture extending over a foot from the drip point) Again I had the same issue with wiper fluid leaks from the hoses and headlamp nozzles in the same location a couple years ago. The fluid would feel oily on ground from the wiper fluid picking up underbody grime trapped on top of the trays on its way out.
Remove the center and side front underbody covers and you can get a good view of everything under there. very easy. Good luck keep us posted.
dRockSL55 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2017, 04:37 PM
  #14
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: amarillo texas
Posts: 223
Thanked 21 Times in 21 Posts
2003 sl 500
Be watching carefully that ABC fluid level, if gets too low you can destroy your ABC pump. Big job replacing that and expensive too. If it is a leaky line and it bursts you will lose a lot of fluid quickly and may destroy a good ABC pump. Hopefully it is just a headlight washer leakage instead.

moretech
moretech is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2017, 11:21 PM
  #15
MBworld Guru
 
Rudeney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 7,572
Thanked 372 Times in 350 Posts
CURRENT: 2011 SL550, 2002 C240 FORMER: 2007 CLK550 Cabriolet, 2001 ML320, 1984 300TD
Definitely check the fluid level and don't let it get low. If the level is high, then it's likely a bad accumulator. Either way, you've got some hydraulic parts to repair.
Rudeney is offline  
Reply With Quote
 
 
 



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:
You have already rated this thread Rating: Thread Rating: 0 votes,  average.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:19 AM.


Copyright 2001-2012 InternetBrands, Inc. / MBWorld.org. All Rights Reserved.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: