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  • clutch
    clutch - 2002 Mercedes Benz S500 - Body & Interior - 5 minutes ago
    How much should it cost to pain a 02 Benz s500?
    Car needs to be re painted
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1991 Mercedes Benz 500SL - Body & Interior - 4/20/2014
    Can I add oil to the pump unit that supplies oil to the soft top folding mechanism.
    I found leaked oil around valve/manifold under rool bar. uint is folding very slow and now wound hardly move at all but I hear the motor humming.
  • Major
    Major - 1995 Mercedes Benz C220 - Body & Interior - 4/15/2014
    How do I wire an aftermarket power antenna into the Mercedes antenna wires.
    The aftermarket power antenna has two wires (red and green). The Mercedes C220 has four wires (brown, blue, red, gray). Thank you. Major
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Mercedes Benz C230 - Body & Interior - 3/18/2014
    A STAR diagnose shows B1003 code (hot water supply pump has short circuit or leak on ground).
    Sometimes before that the climate control (I always use AUTO mode) went off when driving. It happenned about 30-50 times a year so it didn't bother me. Now it doesn't happen but there appears a B1003 code.
    • AutoMD Member
      3/18/2014 AutoMD Member
      There was no proper model of my car, it is actually a C-180 Compressor, W203, 2006.
  • herbert
    herbert - 1993 Mercedes Benz 500SEL - Body & Interior - 3/8/2014
    All dashboard lights flashes (like when the car is starting) when the turn signal switch is used
    it happens more when the windshield wipers are on
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  • herbert
    herbert - 1993 Mercedes Benz 500SEL - Body & Interior - 3/8/2014
    Dashboard light flashes on/off when turn signal is used
    it flashes more when the windshield cleaner is on
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1991 Mercedes Benz 500SL - Body & Interior - 3/5/2014
    Security alarm goes off when starting the car
    When I unlock the car with the key, and then start the car, the security alarm goes off. I use a second key to unlock the door again with the car still running, and the alarm stops. Is there a security module that might be faulty?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Mercedes Benz S500 - Body & Interior - 3/5/2014
    Door locks trunk release , pull down & reverse antennas have quit working
    I have replaced the pump and all vacuum actuators in the trunk.
  • brian
    brian - 2011 Mercedes Benz C300 - Body & Interior - 2/23/2014
    How to reset srs warning on dash?
    30000 miles and right before they changed oil and reset next oil change maybe they hit wrong reset comes on and off when driving.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/23/2014 HouseCallAuto
      The SRS warning light can only be reset with a full function MB scan tool. The light being illuminated means there is a fault with the Supplemental Restraint System and a reset would not likely shut the light unless the cause is diagnosed and repaired. You need the dealer for this.
      2/24/2014 brian
      thankyou i will go to dealer.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1995 Mercedes Benz S500 - Body & Interior - 2/14/2014
    Passenger seat belt/Front seat
    My 1995 Mercedes S500 coupe passenger beat does not retract like it used. Also when I want to let someone in the backseat the front seat does not move forward or backward anymore. The motor still respond when engaging the switch to move the seat forward or backward. ...
    • Jimm
      2/14/2014 Jimm
      If there is nothing stuck in the retractor that you can pull out to fix the problem, the only other choice is to replace the retractor assembly. This retractor part will be available aftermarket - but you will have to replace the entire seat belt assembly as one unit in order to fix the retractor.
      Universal front or rear seat belts are readily available;,, - to list only a few choices on-line. Most of the lap belt sets for the front cost around $25.00 per set.
      For safety sake, it is not recommended that salvage (used) parts be used for restraint / seat belt systems.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/14/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I would have absolutely no issue with utilizing a used seat belt retractor ass'y for the fix over a new aftermarket unit.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Mercedes Benz SL55 AMG - Body & Interior - 2/14/2014
    Rectractable hardtop only goes up part of the way.
    The rectractable hardtop goes down with no problem, but in the middle of the operation to put the top back up, it stops.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/13/2014 HouseCallAuto
      This is going to need a genuine MB star tester to read codes associated with the roof. I don't say this often but this is gonna need the MB dealer as there will be a lack of information for diagnosing. I just bought an '07 SL550 and I am going to buy the Chinese knockoff MB scan tool that likely cost $7500 genuine and is available internet for about $600 just so I do not get caught having to bring my own MB Conv in to the dealer the first time it has an issue I can't handle. Information is everything in getting a MB fixed.
    • Jimm
      2/14/2014 Jimm
      Could be a fault code stored that would require the dealership. However, there could be a low hydraulic fluid condition in the top system - check the fluid level in the pump and reservoir as a basic first step.
      The hydraulic fluid is type ZHM - very similar to automatic transmission fluid (to save the cost).
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1994 Mercedes Benz C220 - Body & Interior - 2/14/2014
    Blower motor/Resister
    Mechanic said I need a new blower motor and resister, but for some reasons he by pass something and the fan is still working. I can understand getting a new resistor, but the motor blower is still blowing low heat. Do I really need a new blower motor?
    • Jimm
      2/14/2014 Jimm
      Does the blower motor fan run - but only at one speed? If yes, then this sounds like the blower motor resistor / control module is faulty. If the blower motor is running OK - no noises at speed - then simply replace the control module unit.
      It is easily replaced - located behind the glove compartment, just next to the blower motor. Just remove the glove compartment interior panel / box, unplug the two wire connections and remove the two (2) screws on the module housing that hold the blower control module in place.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources,,,,, - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the blower motor resistor / module from around $236.00 for your vehicle. Standard Motor Products part # RUT565 or equivalent.
      2/14/2014 AutoMD Member
      Thank you Jimm for the follow up and sharing this info. As a matter of fact all of the things that you have mentioned have happened. I will replace both parts just for safe measures. Again thank you for replying.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1994 Mercedes Benz C220 - Body & Interior - 2/11/2014
    Motor Blower/Resister
    Mechanic said I need a new blower motor and resister, but for some reasons he by pass something and the fan is still working. I can understand getting a new resistor, but the motor blower is still blowing low heat. Do I really need a new blower motor?
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/11/2014 HouseCallAuto
      When the resistor burns up it is often because the blower motor itself is drawing too much amperage and is overheating the circuit. About 15 amps should be the max draw.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Mercedes Benz C320 - Body & Interior - 2/11/2014
    Dome control module, some systems not working, what is the fix?
    interior lights will not work, panaramic roof & shades will not open, garage door opener will not operate; all these failures came about after battery replacement; what is the cause and what is the fix? all fuses in 3 fuse panels have been checked out, all are ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/11/2014 HouseCallAuto
      If fuse #9 is good in the trunk fuse panel (and not missing of course) then you will not get through this diagnostic yourself. Need genuine MB scan tool to check communication with overhead control panel.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2011 Mercedes Benz E350 - Body & Interior - 1/31/2014
    What does it mean when dash reads ECS attention assistance
    on the speedometer it says ESC Attention assist
    • Jimm
      1/31/2014 Jimm
      Most ESC (electronic stability control) systems have a warning light that flashes when the system is active; some, including most Toyota and Lexus cars, have a beeper that sounds. ESC is most likely to activate on slippery (wet, snowy or icy) roads, though driving quickly on curvy, hilly roads or hitting a bump while cornering may also trip the ESC system.

      This explanation is copied from the Mercedes owners manual;
      The ESC, the ETS, or the ABS has come into operation because of detected traction loss for at least one wheel.
      Risk of accident!
      The cruise control or the DISTRONIC PLUS is deactivated.
      X When driving off, apply as little throttle as possible.
      X While driving, ease up on the accelerator pedal.
      X Adapt your speed and driving to the prevailing road and weather
      X Do not switch off the ESC.
      Exceptions, see Operator’s Manual.
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