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Mercedes-Benz C230 Oil Leak Into Wiring Harness From Camshaft Solenoid Switch

 
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Average Mileage: 100,435 mi (48,000 mi - 200,000 mi)

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Oil can leak into the engine wiring harness from the camshaft sensor. If the leaky sensor is not repaired, the oil can migrate through the wires and possibly damage the engine control unit. Have the sensor and harness checked regularly.

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  • Visitor, , 49,800 mi

    Oil leaking into wiring harness from CAM sensor I am told by my mechanic today. I did find online however that this is a RECALL issue for this car and I am now taking into the Benz Dealer for repair and hope the Engine Check light goes off. This car has run perfectly since day one and really doesn't even appear to be running poorly with the light on. I run it on synthetic Mobil One 5-40 and change it regularly.

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  • Visitor, , 60,000 mi

    Routine maintenance check. MB fixed it and replaced the harness.

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  • Visitor, , 184,000 mi

    Oil leaked on to wire harness. There is a service campaign for this issue: 2009100001.
    Mercedes Benz dealership fixed the problem. Material and labor was about $6000. at no cost to me.

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  •  Rookie

    In the shop right now! They are describing this exact situation. I was trying to find the recall notice and found this!

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  •  Rookie

    I went to dealer for the recall (California) the replaced everything harness computer magnets the car had the same problem camshaft solenoid timing. They charge me 350.00 to see the chain tensioners that were perfect then they wanted to open the chain covers for 2800.00 I told them I didn't trust them, did some work I found they didn't replace the timing sensor intake on left side of the engine I ordered the part one bolt and replaced it, check engine light finally went out.
    Went back to dealer and they gave me back the 350.00 they charged me to see the tensioners and the chain.
    Don't trust dealers

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  • Same issue at 80,000 miles on my 04 kompressor. Dealer changed harness adapters but didn't fix underlying cause of the oil. Refuses to help after fix it now or ask MB for help.

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  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    Dealer is give us the running around. Change the CamShaft solenoid but does not want to change the wiring harness saying its not included in the recall.Anyone has any idea on how to get them to repair this know defect?

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  •  Rookie

    Oil leak into wiring harness from camshaft solenoid

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  •  Rookie

    In Calif. it's required to get car smog checked every two years, after it's 6-years-old. My 2004 C230 Kompressor runs fine, same performance and gas mileage as when it was new. However the Check Engine Light is always on. A "CEL" is an automatic smog check failure. I can't renew registration, even though my car passes the tailpipe emissions test by a wide margin. The OBD codes (136 & 141) which triggers the CEL indicate a problem with the downstream (i.e. after the catalytic converter) oxygen sensor. Dealer wanted $700+ to replace it. The part costs $109 at AutoZone or Amazon, so I was going to replace it myself. (I've got more time than money, after the company I worked for was sold and I was let go.) I unscrewed the O2 sensor from the exhaust manifold and then when I unplugged the connector at the other end, motor oil poured out. Going online, I learned about this known, common problem: motor oil leaking into the wiring harness. And that sometimes, years after the original warranty expired, Mercedes paid for the repair of this known defect. I called the service writer at the dealer who quoted me $700+ to replace the O2 sensor. He was so excited. He said, "This could be a lot more than $700; it could be thousands!". He refused to check if this known common defect is something Mercedes might pay for. As far as he was concerned, my only option was to bring the car in and authorize a charge of at least $152 for them to tell me what's wrong. Comments anyone?

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