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SL55 "ABC malfunction visit workshop"

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering & Brakes' started by guitar, Sep 1, 2018.

  1. guitar

    guitar Senior Member

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    Every time I go out in my 55, I get this ABC visit workshop warning, but there seems to be nothing wrong, this has been happening for years now and the car keeps going as if there is no problem with the ABC, just the annoying warning.

    Any ideas as to why ?
     
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    Really needs to go on Star to see what codes it's reporting and to check operating pressure.
     
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    Ok thanks LostKiwi, just that it seems to be working fine I have had no problems other than the warning..... What's the worst case scenario?
     
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    Worst case scenario? Full collapse of the struts due to pump failure if the error is down to slow build up of pressure. But without knowing what the error code is it's a pure guess.
    These cars don't take kindly to ignoring issues...
     
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    Have you ever had the ABC system flushed? Changed the fluid and filter?
    What does the fluid look like? Pale clear green or slightly smokey grey?

    Kind of surprised it’s been going on for “years” without you investigating it earlier:shock:
     
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    Well I don't use it much so when I say "years" it's probably been the past year or 2 and happened on the odd occasion. :) but these last few times I have used it, it has been warning me every time... I guess the thing is it just doesn't seem to be anything wrong, but you are right I will get it to the stealership, for an outrageous estimate of repair...
    Also having an issue with the soft close boot lid, so maybe 2 birds with one huge rock. ;-)
     
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    Don’t take it to a Stealer, go to Alex Crowe in Stowmarket instead for excellent service. ‘Ee knows ‘is ABC.
     
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    Glad I'm not the only one that's had this message :D
    It was the ABC pump that lost pressure and had to be replaced.
     
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    Thanks everyone I will get it to local MB for a diagnosis, and then maybe try this Alex Crow fella, Stowmarket is a little over an hour away, so not too bad if he can help.
     
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    Mine started displaying the warning every so ofter too, then got a little more intense, then it said, 'right if you aren't going to check me out, I'll drop all my ABC fliud on your concrete'. Which it did, I took notice then :rolleyes:.
    Didn't have any soft close issue Though :)
     
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    It actually said that :-D ??
     
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    Oh yes, we have a great relationship.......:oops: said too much......
     
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    The soft close thing is unrelated (kind of)- try pulling the fuse for the pse pump for a bit which could reset
    As others though....do not ignore the abc warnings at your peril- Alex Crowe is well worth the 1 hour drive
     
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    It said exactly that in ABC language, where most things can be translated as “Ignore or f*** with me at your peril!”
     
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    Hahaha

    At least MB are doing recon pumps now :D
     
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    Have contacted Alex Crow, will get it checked in a couple of weeks.....
    let you know :)
     
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    In one :):)
     
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    Had the pleasure of meeting with Alex Crow today, and have left him with my SL55 and the ABC issue.
    Will keep you all informed, and thanks for all your assistance.
     
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    Touch wood, mines been going well :cool:
     
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