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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2000 Mercedes-Benz S430

2000 Mercedes-Benz S430

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2000 Mercedes-Benz S430 Problems

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The relay which turns the airmatic suspension pump on may fail causing the pump to run continuously. This can result in failure of the pump motor or a dead battery as the pump motor will continue to run after the car is turned off. Also, Worn airmatic pump mount bushings can causes noises in the front axle while driving on bumpy roads or a buzzing noise while the pump is running.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

CD changers, command units, voice control units, PSE units, and Tele Aid units are prone to failure, especially in early models.

Engine -- Verified

The crankshaft position sensor may fail. Symptoms of this are: The engine will crank—but not start—especially when the engine is warm. The car may start again if it is left to cool off, but it may run roughly or have poor performance.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

The door for the vanity mirror (or the frame for the door) can break; due to a redesign, the mirror "cassette" will need replacement.

Drive Train -- Verified

The electrical connector at the automatic transmission may leak fluid. Over time leaking fluid could migrate through the wiring harness and damage the transmission control module. If that happens a new harness and control module may be necessary to correct the problem.

2000 Mercedes-Benz S430 Recalls (Recent)

Electrical & Lights, February 14, 2003


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Electrical & Lights, October 18, 2004

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The HVAC blower motor may lose power because the fuse for the circuit may lose contact. This is due to a flaw in the plastic holder that secures the fuse that protects this circuit. If the fan stops working, you may not be able to clear fog and frost off of your windshield. If visibility is reduced, you could be at risk of getting into an accident. Dealers will install new blower motor fuse holders. This recall began during October 2004. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2004 070010.

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Electrical & Lights, September 29, 2006

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The instrument cluster illumination may fail. This may result in difficulty reading the gauges, indicators, and speedometer. Not being able to see the cluster may lead to an accident. Dealers will replace the instrument cluster modules. This recall started on September 29, 2006. 

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Heating & Air Conditioning, May 22, 2000

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The blower motor regulator may overheat and may cause damage to the surrounding plastic, insulation and wiring. Dealers will replace the blower motor regulator.

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Suspension & Steering, July 2, 2007

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The hose may corrode due to extensive exposure to humidity. This may cause fluid leakage onto the catalytic converter. This would present a fire hazard. Dealers will a new high pressure distrution hose.

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2000 Mercedes-Benz S430 Questions and Answers

willieb, 2000 Mercedes-Benz S430, Montgomery, AL

i get a message that my dash is defective
and my gas gauge goes from full to empty
what is the problem

POWELL0717, 2000 Mercedes-Benz S430, Victorville, CA

Air only comes through the center vent. The blower is very loud but does not cool the csr.

POWELL0717, 2000 Mercedes-Benz S430, Victorville, CA

When the temperature reaches above 100 degrees the air conditioner does not cool at all.

cognitive, 2000 Mercedes-Benz S430, Detroit, MI

where do I put the trans fluid in the s430

chapel, 2000 Mercedes-Benz S430, Charlotte, NC

are the front airmatic struts rebuildable and where is the cranksensor located for my car

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This 11 year old car is as good as the day I purchased. I have owned about 40 vehicles and this is my number one in all categories.

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