Brake Light Switch Failure May Cause ESP/BAS Warning Lights on Mercedes-Benz ML430

The ESP and BAS warning lights may illuminate due to a failed brake light switch. Replacement of the failed switch should correct this concern. A recall on certain 2000-2001 models have been recalled for a related issue - for more information please click here»

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Average mileage: 127,474 (10,600–225,000)
3 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001
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2001 Mercedes-Benz ML430 160,000 mi,
while driving the vehicle suddenly locks the brakes, nearly causing accidents. and after coming to a full stop, the brakes are still engaged for about 10-20 secs. and I has to drive the vehicle at about 10-20 mph...
2001 Mercedes-Benz ML430 112,000 mi,
while driving, the BAS ESP ligth went on . i park the car turn the engine off . when i try to start the car again everything was fine ,exept for the warning light still on and i could not disengage from the parking position I was stuck.the solution was easy, but you have to know it;;; there is a switch at the buttom of the gear lever [just under the 1 gear] you need a pencil long enough to reach for it , then you push on it and it release the locking pin and you are free to go.... but better change the breack switch ....
2000 Mercedes-Benz ML430 225,000 mi,
My ESP& BAS light has been on for over a year
2001 Mercedes-Benz ML430 116,000 mi,
ESP/BAS light intermittent on and off, goes away if turn ignition off
2001 Mercedes-Benz ML430 120,000 mi,
My BAS/EPS lights came on and have stayed on. The mechanic says it is a switch. I would like the information on the recall if it is available.
All Brake light indicators ABS, etc. have been permanently illuminated now for 0ver 6 months! I finally just put black duct tape over them to keep them from distracting me.
2000 Mercedes-Benz ML430 76,000 mi,
My ESP/BAS warning lights comes on occasionally. Wasn't aware this could have been caused by a faulty brake light switch. I would turn off the vehicle and restart it in the past to make the lights go out. I will replace the brake light switch and provide an update upon completion.
2000 Mercedes-Benz ML430 139,000 mi,
My BAS/ESP light came on while driving. I got home turned the car off and when I started it again to leave the car would not allow me to shift leaving me stuck in park.
2000 Mercedes-Benz ML430 147,142 mi,
My brake lights don't go on, cruise control don't work, bas lights on, shifter is locked. I will try this fix and reply if it worked.
1999 Mercedes-Benz ML430 10,600 mi,
had the ESP/DAS warning light on
1999 Mercedes-Benz ML430 78,890 mi,
Light stays one BAS ESP
BAS ESP and ETS yellow lights are on. They came all of a sudden.Car has 110000 miles, always garage kept
2001 Mercedes-Benz ML430 100,000 mi,
Bas,esp, lights on. Car in limp mode.
The ESP and bas warning light came on and my brake lights are not working.
2000 Mercedes-Benz ML430 115,000 mi,
Light is on and off
Same issue BAS ESP light won't go out
2000 Mercedes-Benz ML430 157,000 mi,
BAS/ESP ETS and ABS lights stay illuminated
2000 Mercedes-Benz ML430 212,000 mi,
brake lights stuck on, pull top plug on switch and lights dgo out, don't work at all.
2001 Mercedes-Benz ML430 41,000 mi,
Esp/Bass warning lights were "ON' and "OFF'during my last trip to L.A (200 + Miles)