2006 Mercedes-Benz E500 Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2006 Mercedes-Benz E500
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2006 Mercedes-Benz E500 ProblemsOil Seepage on Back of the Cylinder Heads
The Mercedes Benz E500 may have engine oil seeping or leaking from the back of the cylinder heads. This is commonly misdiagnosed as leaking valve covers.
On the back of the cylinder heads there are three, in total, plastic expansion plugs that plug access ports to the camshafts. These plugs are well known for seeping oil, and leaking if left unattended. The oil will run down the back of the engine and eventually make it to the ground.
Replacement of these three plastic plugs is extremely simple, and should be done as regular maintenance. The recommended interval for replacement is every 60,000 miles.
Rear air springs (bellows) may develop leaks, which causes the air pump to run more often to maintain ride height. Our technicians recommend that leaking air springs be replaced.
2006 Mercedes-Benz E500 QuestionsLocal mechanics disagree on hours to replace control arms (1 answer)
I have one mechanic telling me their system (uses Mitchell) says it takes approx 10 hours to replace the front lower control arms (with ball joints). I have another mechanic (uses All Data) says it takes 2-3 hours per side.
Side note: I've gotta do the upper control arms, lower control ar...
Just recently had this service (and had valve cover gaskets replaced in same service) and ESC unavailable was displayed in dash when starting car to leave. Car immediately returned to service dept. (never left pkng lot) and then after this was supposedly corrected after turning off then on vehicl...
2006 Mercedes-Benz E500 RecallsIncorrect Software Calibration May Cause Fuel Pump to Remain Powered in a Collision
There is a faulty software calibration that affects several areas including shutting off the fuel supply in a collision. This could cause a fire hazard during an accident. Dealers will reprogram this software. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2008 070001. This recall began during August, 2008.