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Airmatic issues with front of car
Hi. The Mercedes-Benz air suspension uses an air compressor and air struts to provide a comfortable ride over any terrain. Unfortunately, the system is known for being problematic. Since just the front of your car is collapsed, the problem is...
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Signal light on dashboard out
There are a few possible reasons that will cause this issue. A blown bulb, faulty fuse (continuity check), a dimming rheostat, or a failed connection to the instrument cluster. In order to have the electrical system properly tested, I would...
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Air suspension not working
Hi there, with the Airmatic malfunction the car is telling you the tire pressure is low probably causing a flat tire. A nail or small leak would allow you to hear the tire releasing air. A qualified mechanic, like one...
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Rear trunk latch not working right
Hi there. The electronic truck latch is operated by an electronic actuator much like the locks on your door. Like many electronic devices, repeated usage wears it out over time. Some actuators can be replaced independently and some require it...
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Air suspension not pumping up
Hi, other S430 owners have reported similar issues with their suspension systems. From your description, it appears the pump is in working order, just the one corner is lower than the rest. This could be caused by a leak somewhere...
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Airmatic system not rising
Issues with this system are not common. The system has a set of bags that get filled with air to level the car when the sensors determine it is riding low. If the pump fails or the bags themselves develop...
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It makes noise when I hit the brake my mechanic thinks it's the transmission
If you cannot locate an authorized independent Mercedes repair facility other than a dealer then I'd recommend going to a dealer for this problem. I would suggest going to a trained Mercedes shop for transmission problems, otherwise you may not...
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Dash lights stayed on despite several parts were replaced
Since the steering column was opened, and you not only have faults showing in the ESP, ABS, and BAS systems with the indicator lights, but you also have the SRS light on as well, I am inclined to believe that...
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The car cannot start, there is no cranking
It is very possible that the Drive Authorization System is preventing the vehicle from starting. The system needs about 12.6v to operate properly, so battery voltage needs to be checked with the key. If battery voltage is good, then there...
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Service A light appeared
The A service is an oil and filter change with the rest of the car checked over for any other problems. The equivalent service YourMechanic offers is the oil and filter change with full synthetic oil and a 50 point...
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Ignition central locking disabled
Hi, thanks for writing in. You probably have a valet mode that is switchable in your security system. You want to first check that mode and be sure it is set up the way you want it (on or off)....
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Is it expensive to change my crank sensor?
Hello. Most of the time when this occurs on this vehicle it is caused by a failing crankshaft position sensor. These will fail intermittently on this engine and cause these same symptoms. It can also be an issue with the...
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Side mirror and windows n door lock
Hi there. Most of the time when all of the power systems on a particular door are not working; as you've described above, it's caused by a faulty electrical relay or the power motor control module. I would suggest that...
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My car lean to one side after changing my upper ball joints
This vehicle has ball joints that are integral with the control arms and consequently the control arms are replaced if the ball joints are worn. Replacement of the control arms, particularly the upper control arm, implicates the air ride and...
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GRINDING NOISE WHILE BRAKING
This may be a sign of warped brake rotors. As you may know, when you press on your brake pedal, this activates a hydraulic pressure which forces small pistons inside your brake calipers to push the brake pads against the...
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Procedure to replace lower ball joints and sway bar links and torque specification for all the front end components
Hi there. To replace the ball joints you would need to jack up the vehicle and put it on jack stands. Remove the tires, calipers, and brake rotors. Then put a jack under the lower control arm and remove the...
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Ignition key will not turn
The simplest answer would be that the wheels are turned sharply and there is pressure on the column lock preventing the actuator from moving.You should be able to move the steering wheel slightly in one direction or the other. Give...
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Do you fix only a Lexus car ? Bcos I have another car that need to be fix
Yourmechanic.com does work on a wide variety of vehicles. In the case of your S430 sitting low in the front, there is an air suspension issue with the vehicle. The S-Class uses air suspension front and rear. It is controlled...
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2000 S430 Mercedes with 285K serviced every 5K is running smooth till the other day!
When the check engine light came on, the ECU stored a code related to the fault that was detected. Even if the light went back out, the fault code is still stored. So it's a matter of reading the memory...
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check enginelight is on and the gas range fluctuates often even after i changed the gas cap and had a smoke test done
Codes can't be the "basis" for replacing ANY part on a car. Codes ONLY provide clues to mechanics as to the origin of a fault and the ONLY use of these clues is they permit identification of the parts and...

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