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2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500 Problems

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Most Common 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500 Problems

The engine may develop a stalling and/or no start condition due to a failed crankshaft position sensor.
Electrical switches in the door latches can fail, causing the door locks to rapidly actuate up and down multiple times when the locks are activated by either the keyless remote or door lock switch....
It is not uncommon for the power steering rack to develop a fluid leak requiring replacement of the rack assembly. Loss of power steering fluid may also cause an abnormal noise and damage to th...
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1 Known 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500 Brakes Problem

Brake pad life varies and is dependent upon driving style and terrain. Because of the weight of this vehicle, brake pad life is very short. If driving aggressively, one can expect a life of about 8...

3 Known 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500 Drive Train Problems

Due to slipping clutches in the transfer case, a shudder or rumbling from the center of the vehicle may occur, especially when turning at slow speeds. If the clutches are not too badly worn, changi...
Leaks may develop from the differential cover and/or seals on high mileage or older vehicles. Our technicians recommend a complete reseal of the differential unit if these leaks are addressed.
Vehicles equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission may develop a rough shifting condition, most commonly going up from first to second gear and going down from third to second or second to f...

2 Known 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500 Electrical & Lights Problems

The brake light warning message for a bulb out may be displayed. Our technicians tell us the tail lamp housing may melt and distort causing a poor connection at the bulb. The lamp housing should ...
A dead battery, slow cranking when starting, or erratic electrical system operation may be caused by a faulty positive battery cable. There is an updated cable available to replace the old design.

4 Known 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500 Engine Problems

The engine may develop a stalling and/or no start condition due to a failed crankshaft position sensor.
An engine oil leak may develop from the oil level sensor. Replacement of the leaking sensor will commonly correct this concern.
An engine Oil leak may develop from the PCV vent housing on the valve cover and/or the inspection plate on the front of the engine.

3 Known 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500 Exhaust & Emissions Problems

The mass air flow (MAF) sensor may fail, resulting in drivability issues and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light.
The mass air flow (MAF) sensor tends to fail. The engine air filter should be replaced when the mass air flow sensor is replaced; a dirty filter can allow debris to damage the new sensor.
Bad spark plug wires can cause misfires; the Check Engine Light may illuminate.

2 Known 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500 Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

AC system leaks and/or a faulty evaporator temperature sensor can cause poor AC cooling. The failed sensor can prevent the AC compressor from coming on. Leaks cause a low refrigerant level, which r...
After a heavy rain storm, the drains for the heating, ventilation and AC (HVAC) system intake can be plugged with leaves and other debris, causing a dead battery. Water fills the intake cavity and ...

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4 Known 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500 Miscellaneous Problems

Electrical switches in the door latches can fail, causing the door locks to rapidly actuate up and down multiple times when the locks are activated by either the keyless remote or door lock switch....
The door storage pocket can become unglued and fall into the door.
The tailgate latch may stick causing a drain on the battery while the vehicle is parked.

3 Known 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500 Suspension & Steering Problems

It is not uncommon for the power steering rack to develop a fluid leak requiring replacement of the rack assembly. Loss of power steering fluid may also cause an abnormal noise and damage to th...
A problem with the ball joints can cause a creaking noise. There is an updated part to remedy this problem.
On vehicles with airmatic suspension, the airmatic pump relay can stick, causing a dead battery, because the pump continues to operate when it should be shut off. Eventually, the pump will fail; ...

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Known 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500 Problems & Complaints

Electrical switches in the door latches can fail, causing the door locks to rapidly actuate up and down multiple times when the locks are activated by either the keyless remote or door lock switch....
The tailgate latch may stick causing a drain on the battery while the vehicle is parked.
The engine may develop a stalling and/or no start condition due to a failed crankshaft position sensor.
AC system leaks and/or a faulty evaporator temperature sensor can cause poor AC cooling. The failed sensor can prevent the AC compressor from coming on. Leaks cause a low refrigerant level, which r...
Bad spark plug wires can cause misfires; the Check Engine Light may illuminate.
The mass air flow (MAF) sensor may fail, resulting in drivability issues and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light.
The mass air flow (MAF) sensor tends to fail. The engine air filter should be replaced when the mass air flow sensor is replaced; a dirty filter can allow debris to damage the new sensor.
An engine oil leak may develop from the oil level sensor. Replacement of the leaking sensor will commonly correct this concern.
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 ...
An engine Oil leak may develop from the PCV vent housing on the valve cover and/or the inspection plate on the front of the engine.
Leaks may develop from the differential cover and/or seals on high mileage or older vehicles. Our technicians recommend a complete reseal of the differential unit if these leaks are addressed.
Vehicles equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission may develop a rough shifting condition, most commonly going up from first to second gear and going down from third to second or second to f...
It is not uncommon for the power steering rack to develop a fluid leak requiring replacement of the rack assembly. Loss of power steering fluid may also cause an abnormal noise and damage to th...
A problem with the ball joints can cause a creaking noise. There is an updated part to remedy this problem.
Brake pad life varies and is dependent upon driving style and terrain. Because of the weight of this vehicle, brake pad life is very short. If driving aggressively, one can expect a life of about 8...
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