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Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG, SUV
#8007 of 8199 Re: 2000 ML 320 [pscarb]
Aug 02, 2006 (7:34 pm)
99 percent chance that a crankshaft position sensor on the ml will fix your stalling problem or a no start problem. I work for mercedes benz and everytime a car comes in for that complaint its an automatic crankshaft sensor. they heat up and it creates an open. the sensor is at the drivers side rear of the engine near the bell housing of the transmission, takes about 5 minutes to replace. The creaking from the underneath of the ML is also very common. the job isnt as easy though. it comes from the torsion bar housings rubbing against the frame. must drop torsion housings install plastic between housing and frame and apply grease. sound will go away. Also bas/esp lights are 99 percent of the time caused by the stop lamp switch, under the dash, presses against the brake pedal. just pull the under dash panel and its right there.
#8008 of 8199 Get groaning noise at idle with AC engaged.
Aug 11, 2006 (12:19 pm)
This has been going on for a couple of months. When stopped, at idle, get groaning-clattering noise.
Corner garage says replace system at $1,800
MB dealer says it might be a valve or the compressor
Local AC specialist says to try replacing the serpentine belt first, then see.
I happen to be due for regular service and mentioned
the serpentine belt to MB serviceman. They did not comment on the belt - rather, they are guessing at the aforementioned valve OR compressor and recommend replacing the system.
The system output is very good in terms of cold air.
As soon as I turn off the AC, the noise goes away. If I bring us the RPM a tiny bit, the noise goes away. (Is it possible to simply adjust up the idle on these cars?)
#8009 of 8199 Re: Get groaning noise at idle with AC engaged. [chumsae]
Aug 12, 2006 (8:29 am)
In the vein of starting with the cheaper systems first, I'd replace the serpentine belt and belt tensioner and hope for the best. These are things you'd replace anyway, even if you were to replace the compressor, so you have little to lose by starting with this - you probably will get lucky.
You have to find a good independent mechanic to own one of these things out of warranty unless you don't care about outrageous service costs - MB dealers are set up to simply replace expensive systems without doing much diagnosis or repair.
#8010 of 8199 Re: 2005 ML350 SE or 2006 ML350 [woodson]
Aug 16, 2006 (9:51 am)
we bought a 2006. it is a lot nicer than the 2005's that we drove. mercedes says the 2006 is entirely new and it sure drives like it is.
#8011 of 8199 Re: BAS/ESP&ETS WARNING LIGHTS [senc]
Aug 18, 2006 (3:42 am)
Just want to know how did you get the problem fixed. My warning light came in about a month ago and it keeps come back on after reset!
#8012 of 8199 Re: BAS/ESP&ETS WARNING LIGHTS [tomexcite]
Aug 18, 2006 (4:02 am)
Here what you should do about the BAS/ESP light. Order for a brakes light switch and reach under the brakes paddle and repleace it. After you have do so that should solve your proble. It will cause you anywhere from $8 to 10 bucks
#8013 of 8199 98 ML320 Struts and Tires question??
Aug 22, 2006 (10:52 am)
My 98 ML320 has 80K miles and is in need of struts all around..Can someone reccomend a brand I should replace the originals with..? I will have a mechanic install them(Not at Mercedes)so where is a good place to buy them from too?
I have the same question as far as rubber goes...I live in Park City,Utah where the winters are pretty bad but fortunatly I dont have to use the ML every day....Can someone reccomend a good all season tire with good all around capabilities.Is the Tire Rack a good place to get this reccomended rubber at a fair price.? Thanks in advance for any help in these 2 matters...Kevin
#8014 of 8199 Re: 98 ML320 Struts and Tires question?? [kcml320]
Aug 23, 2006 (10:14 am)
Can't help you on the struts, but when I owned my ML320, I found Michelin LTX M/S to be great tire for this vehicle, with crisp handling, good snow performance, and outstanding mileage - when I sold the car with 40K miles on these tires they hardly looked worn. Many are reporting 100K+.
I now have them on my Honda Pilot and I'm finding them a little noisy as this SUV has less insulation from road noise. But on the ML they were fairly quiet.
Tire Rack is a good outfit, but by the time you factor in shipping and finding someone to mount them for you, the discount tire places (e.g., Discount Tire, Costco, etc.) are usually cheaper overall. Costco has a $60 discount on 4 Michelins right now.
#8015 of 8199 Re: 98 ML320 Struts and Tires question?? [kcml320]
Aug 30, 2006 (1:12 pm)
No comment on the struts.
I'm using Michelin CrossCountry on our 2000 ML320 and they
are pretty perfect to me; quiet, good handling, warranty 65K miles. The tread pattern is road-like, but the little I've driven in the snow (we're in El Paso TX) they seemed unstoppable. We are 40K into ownership on these tires and they will easily go another 30K. Bought ours at Sam's Club at about $150 each.
#8016 of 8199 Oops, wrong tire name
Aug 30, 2006 (1:16 pm)
It is Michelin Cross Terrain.