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Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG Problems

Harmonic Balancer May Fail and Damage Timing Cover on Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The rubber bond in the harmonic balancer can decay, which causes the balancer to move and work its way toward the timing cover. If the balancer comes into contact with the timing cover while the engine is running, it will fracture and damage the cover and potentially other surrounding parts. The harmonic balancer should be inspected at every service.

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Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 53,500 (35,000–72,000)
3 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004
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Serpentine belt was squeaking then finally came off the pulleys. Cause was failed harmonic balancer. Balancer replaced. No other damage resulted.
In for general checkup when found. Still waiting on quote for part. But labor was quoted at 2 hours.