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Most reported 1990 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL problems

 

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Other than a defective motor, a bad switch or blower motor resistor assembly can cause an inoperative heater blower motor.

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It is not uncommon for the idle air compensator to get stuck in one position, resulting in the engine idle speed (rpm) being too high or too low. Replacement of the failed compensator may be necessary to correct this concern.

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The timing chain and timing chain guides wear; they should be replaced every 100,000 miles.
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The rubber boot connecting the throttle body to the intake manifold tends to crack. This can cause hard starting, rough or erratic idle, and engine performance problems.
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Valve stem seals may wear and cause the engine to burn oil. this can contaminate the catalytic converter and cause it to fail.

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The fuel pump and/or fuel pump relay can fail, causing the car to crank over but not start. Proper diagnoses will be necessary to confirm if the pump or relay is at fault.

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A refrigerant leak may develop from one or more of the AC hoses. Proper leak detection procedures should be followed if refrigerant loss in encountered. Replacement of any leaking hoses will we required to restore proper AC operation.

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The bushings for the shifter lever wear out to the point where they break and fall out. This causes excessive movement (loose feel) in the shifter lever and a clanging-type noise when changing gears.

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Power steering hoses and components can develop leaks.
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On high mileage vehicles, rear spring wear may cause the rear end to sag.
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The tie rod ends, idler arm, and/or drag link components of the steering linkage may wear prematurely. Please keep in mind the wheel alignment should be checked and adjusted when any of these items are replaced.

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The expansion valve can get stuck and is difficult to replace.
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As brake fluid becomes dirty over time, it can cause a failure of the anti-lock brake system (ABS) modulator assembly. Our technicians recommend a complete brake system flush every two years to help prevent this issue.

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A vibration felt through the center floor of the vehicle can be caused by cracked and/or shredded driveshaft flex discs, resulting in excessive driveshaft movement. If not repaired, damage to the driveshaft center support bearing, transmission, or differential can occur.

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High mileage vehicles may develop a transmission fluid leak from one or more of the oil seals.

 

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