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Mercedes-Benz CL500 Active Body Control System Can Leak Hydraulic Fluid

 
Mercedes-Benz CL500 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Average Mileage: 94,416 mi (14,600 mi - 198,000 mi)

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The active body control system can leak fluid from numerous areas, including the tandem pump, hydraulic lines, struts, and/or seals. If it is not repaired, the vehicle ride height could drop too low and cause damage to the undercarriage.

  •  Rookie

    The airmarmatic message light contiues to come on stating stop car too low, don't drive; car is dropping very low with loud noises. The hydraulics drop from left to right. This is ridiculous. $95,000 vehicle and all of the CL's, SL 500's are having This same problem.The is
    truly a safety issue.The manufacture is continuing to make the defected Tandem pump and Mercedes is continuing to rip people off and charge $5200! I would not recommend anyone buying a Mercedes and their customer service is very poor.I think everyone that owns a mercedes and having this problem should report it to the Department Highway Administration.

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  •  Rookie

    I have a 2003 500SL with the same problem. ABC light is on when I start the car and then goes off while I'm driving. The front left of the car lowers when not being in use. I have replaced every thing on the suspension except the Hydraulic suspension valve. I have spent over $5,000 trying to fix the problem. Now the Mercedes dealer tells me that I need a new Hydraulic suspension valve at a cost of $2600. I have leaks all over my garage floor and I always am filling the ABC reservoir with hydraulic fluid. One mechanic said that I was overfilling the tank and that was causing the leakage. I'm at a loss on what to do and exactly what the problem is.

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  • MY ABC LIGHT CAME THEN MY CAR BEGAN TO DROP TOO LOW

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  •  Rookie

    Tandem Pump Failing. Fluid Leaks. Power Steering gone and ABC system is out. Car dropping

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  • Visitor, , 75,000 mi

    The hydraulic fluid leaked out from under the driver side and the whole car is too low to the ground. what are the possible causes and average cost to repair?

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  •  Rookie

    purchased with the ABC light on. Had a pump put (because of hyrdolic leak) on and ABC went away for a day and returned. Took car back to Mercedes repair shop and they said that the computer says some framework need to be repaired or replace, costing an additional 2400.00. Any one heard of this before and what was your solution?

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  • Visitor, , 55,000 mi

    2004 L|CL500 ABC warning lights came on. Independent shop charging me $2,700. ($1,700 part + $1,000. filters, fluids, labor) Mechanic said he wouldn't drive it as is. He said he does at least one of these a month.

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  • Visitor, , 56,000 mi

    Hydralic fluid leaking. ABC light in read stating dont drive, car too low.

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  • Visitor, , 135,000 mi

    Hello from England - I have had my CL for 8 years and it is now becoming a real problem - all the hydro lines have corroded!!

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  • Visitor, , 14,600 mi

    Active body control light in red (drive careful) on the left side I see an oil leak. Afraid to go to dealer as they overcharges for everything. Best to buy the parts your self ad hire a mechanic to do aside job.

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