High mileage or older vehicles commonly develop leaks from the differential seals and/or cover. Our technicians recommend a complete reseal of the differential unit whenever these leaks are repaired.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Mercedes-Benz S430 4MATIC
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Mercedes-Benz S430 4MATIC Problems
The engine may develop a stalling and/or no start condition due to a failed crankshaft position sensor.
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.
Front thrust arm and control arm bushings can crack and sometimes tear completely. If this is not repaired quickly, damage to the front subframe unit will occur, which is very expensive to repair. Updated control arms (that prevent damage to the subframe when the bushings wear out) are available.
Due to the size and material used on the brakes of these vehicles, the brakes may start to squeak around the 50 percent wear point. The brake rotor surfaces become uneven, causing a lip to form at the outer edge of the rotor. Because of this, the rotors are usually replaced when the pads are worn (pad life varies depending on driving style and terrain).
Mercedes-Benz S430 4MATIC Questions and Answers
I can"t turn the car left or right no power steering
is the MSG service in 700 miles means change oil in 700 miles or a complete service
I found water build up in intake at firewall...unplugged leaves detrius from the drain...hose vent at bottom...fan and ac worked fine for one day...stopped howling... worked 24 hrs after my cleanin...
side or the othr. Possible a CV joint in the front driveline?
Clean MAF sensor light still on, whill a aftermarket filter will throw the light?
Mercedes-Benz S430 4MATIC Reviews
This car looks great yet has been a nightmare from day 1! wish I never bought it air suspension broke, radiator broke, cup holders are broken passenger vanity mirror broke, passenger mirror broke. This is luxury at its worst!
This is my second benz and it is an all around driving machine. On long or short trips it is super to drive.
Only thing is the dealerships really charge a lot for maintenance.
This is the worst car ever I am actually on my way to the shop. Where can i dump it. Since i bought this junk it has been one problem after another. Please do not buy this car
I have been driving this 2003 S430 for about two years now, and I am very happy with it so far. my cousin leases a brand new C300 he feels bad because my ride is actually smoother than his. Only issue is, lately, I've been hearing this strange noise in the front Driver side suspension. don't know what it is yet but I'll figure it out and I just replace the crankshaft position senor, easy fix any body who can use a wrench can do it and the part is cheap. that seems to be a common problem with this vehicle. Happy MB owner!