Mercedes-Benz 420SEL Problem Reports

Most Reported Mercedes-Benz 420SEL Problem Reports

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

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.

The timing chain and timing chain guides wear; they should be replaced every 100,000 miles.
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.

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.

Valve stem seals may wear and cause the engine to burn oil. this can contaminate the catalytic converter and cause it to fail.

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.

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.

A rough running motor or lack of power can be caused by a failed distributor cap or rotor, ignition wires (or their resistors), or valve cover gasket leaks. If the valve cover gasket leaks, oil can pool where the ignition wire resistor connects to the spark plug. The resistor can fail and the spark plug may not fire because of a short circuit through the oil.

On high mileage vehicles, rear spring wear may cause the rear end to sag.

The brakes may begin to squeak at about the 50 percent wear point. This is due to the size and material used for the brake pads and rotors.  The brake rotor surfaces become uneven, causing a lip to form at the outer edge. This will generally require replacement of the rotors when the pads are worn (pad life varies depending on driving style and terrain).

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.

One or more door windows may stop working due to a failed window regulator. Replacement of the failed regulator will be necessary to correct this concern.

Due to wear, high usage vehicles can experience ignition lock and tumbler failures. The ignition lock cylinder will generally require replacement to correct this concern.