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Help with costs from Mercedes?

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by cmcv, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. cmcv

    cmcv New Member

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    I've had an intermittent problem with my central locking for some time. I've been told that I need a new central locking pump and some seals renewed to help with condensation. Surprisingly, the dealership has also said that Mercedes are willing to meet half the costs? Anyone else heard of this?
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    Hello and welcome, first I have done a post in the DIY section on the boot leaks, it cost nothing to do and it really works, take a look

    How much are MB asking to put your car right for the seals and the pump
     
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    Yes half of an awful lot might not be so cheap !
     
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    The big problem is the boot will still leak when they have re done it
     
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    cmcv

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    They've quoted me £1044. That's with MB paying 50%.
     
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    Well you can seal your boot for £7.50 and get a new pump at £800 or a good second hand one for say £400
     
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    @ Malcolm, is it normal then for SL to have condensation on the inside of the front windscreen then? Is there any solution to this?
     
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    Does your car stand out all day, just the heater box drains if blocked with rubbish
     
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    Yes, my car lives on the street and there are lots of trees shedding leaves right now. The complete list of problems are: central locking sometimes doesn't work, boot doesn't open, need to use manual key at times just to get into the car, centre console in car now jammed shut, electronics don't work when car first driven (heated seats, roof etc), condensation on the inside of all the windows, blower to clear really slow initially so it takes ages to demist the car. I've already tried 2 local garages (non MB) who couldn't find the problem so I wonder if I should just go ahead and pay the £1044, given that the pump would cost £800 alone. I thought it odd that MB are offering to pay 50%, so I wondered if this might be a known design fault with the SL's???
     
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    The problem could also be damp in the boot as the boot is nor sealed off like a normal car, the heater box drain does need to be checked.

    You could remove the PSE locking pump and raise it 5mm , dry it out and it could be OK without having to buy a new one, there are post on this
     
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    Thanks for your suggestions. I'm not at all mechanically minded (being of the fairer sex) so although I know what you're saying may save me money, I wouldn't have a clue where to start. By the time I attempt to explain all this to a local garage, I'm inclined to think I should just go to MB. One of the earlier posts said that even after MB do the work the problem might still not be fixed, so maybe I'll look for some guarantees from them too. Cheers.
     
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    Speak to an independent Mercedes facility.

    Some of them can rebuild central locking vacuum pumps for a fraction of the price of a new one.
     
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    Sadly not with these CAN controlled PSE pumps, all one can do is the clean the PCB and re lacquer it. If the pump has gone then you need another one as the pump cannot be bought on its own.

    When the pumps are damp, the CAN signals get confused, if it can be dried off and it works, then nothing more to do other than stop the water getting in by doing the boot mod as in the DIY section for the way MB do it it will still leak.

    Sadly they are not allowed to do it my way
     
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    So half of a lot it is and it may still leak !!!!
     
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    If the car is damp inside and the heater is slow to clear it then I would suspect the pollen filters or filters for the internal air are blocked. I'd change those, then check the a/c to make sure it is blowing cold

    Assuming the a/c is OK I'd pull out all the carpets that will come out to see if there is any water trapped inside the car. If they are wet leave them in your hose for a couple of days to dry out

    After that I'd take the car for a decent run with the a/c and heater on on till all the condensation goes and the car is hot and dry inside. Then see what it is like next time you drive it

    Damp inside the car is indicative of water leaks, a/c not working, blocked drains and blocked pollen filters

    Nick Froome
     
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    Only 2 places where water gets in on a 230, the spout want cutting off in the rear of the front wheel arch and the boot seals, when done as my mod in the diy section they do not leak anymore
     

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