2000 Mercedes-Benz S430 Q&A
2000 Mercedes-Benz S430 Question: CAR TOO LOW TO DRIVE
VEHICLE IS TOO LOW AND WILL NOT RISE UP WHEN STARTED. RED WARING LIGHT ON DASH; STATES: CAR TOO LOW TO DRIVE - Visitor
sounds like the seals on your airmatic shocks have broken, which they do over time. You need to have these repaired by a certified M-B shop. The pumps, there are two, that control the suspension may have gone as well. This is a very expensive repair with the pumps. There is an alternative, search the web for the conversion kit to standard shocks. Maybe some one can chime in on these, as I have zero experience with them. - Visitor
Most likely a strut failed (leak). The airmatic struts are $1300 from Mercedes and about 4-5 hours labor. So you're looking at $1700 plus tax. I just replaced my both front struts. One failed, had replaced. Then 3 weeks later, the other failed. Since then, I've discovered you can buy rebuilt struts from Arnott Industries for $399 (+ $100 core charge). You can also find Bilsteins for $795. Of course, this means you do the work yourself (never done this myself), or you find an independent shop willing to do so. - Visitor
My car did this one time on a trip 500 miles from home after driving it all day in heavy rain. rented another car and let it sit over the weekend. Came back and it raised up again, drove it back home, no problems EVER again (almost 2 years ago). Took it to Mercedes, they told me I had an autozone battery and I still do. I sure don't take it to Mercedes anymore. I think they let the carwash boy work on it that time. So its never happened again. I thought it was the airmatic pump (failure) but no. Just a fluke. Not very encouraging. Had the car since showroom new. No rough treatment ever just a non mercedes battery. It shows that the MB Dealers can't even fix their own cars. - surfin safari
I had the same problem. The dealer replaced the airmatic pressure pump. - Visitor
Can I drive it to my mechanic = approx 10 miles away. kept pressing aromatic button, works for a minute then light comes back on
Thank your for reading my concern, and question. This is what I know so far: I purchased this card about (3) months ago and the car would lose air pressure in the front if i did not drive the ca...
when I go to drive the car the warning light is on telling me too low to drive but then the car begins to raise and its ok but when it sits for a while its back down on right side front.