Date registered: Jul 2006
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Hi all. I just registered and thought I would weigh in on this subject. A quick way to tell if you have the affected ballancers is to use your hand and check which bolt is holding it on. If you have an internal wrenching,(allen),bolt it is most likely the affected HB.If you have the "normal" external wrenching bolt it was either replaced or not the "bad"part number. NOTE! Wait for the car to cool down before doing this! It will be very hot in there if you have just been driving it.
A note about dealers. Remember that most of the time in a warranty situation, the dealer is limited by Mercedes/Chrysler in what they can or can't do. If MB/C won't pay for something, then either the dealer "eat's" the cost or passes the cost on to you. Chrysler has become somewhat Draconian in their waranty policies. The 1st thing they did after the merger was cut the waranty time guide in half. I am a profesional MB tech at a high profile dealer and I now make half of what I made 4 years ago. We are as frustrated as you by recent changes. If we are inspecting your car during service and see something wrong,(ie. a leak, or a worn bushing, or whatever),we cannot repair it because you did not bring it to our attention. The factory refers to this as "selling waranty" and no longer allows it,as is most american factory's policy. This is how they make a corp profitable for it's shareholders, they cut cost's, and this is the result. So next time your at the dealer remember, in most cases your advisor and his tech's are doing the most that they can under the restrictions that have been placed on them. Sorry for the rant. Drive safe.