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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-19-2014, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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This FXXXXXing car

Ok, I have a 2000 cl 500 the car dropped, about a week ago. I started the car today and now I have no power steering, I put in fluid and it leaked out like a sieve.
I set up an appointment to have Star diagnostics done at the dealership, and they tell me that they will not be able to be able to pinpoint the problem... Then what is the point of the diagnostics.

Please any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-19-2014, 07:48 PM
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Star Diagnosis is a computer that reads electronic systems. PS fluid leaking out is a failure of a hydraulic system, which requires lifting the hood and finding a blown-off or cracked hose, for example.

I can't believe this needs to be spelt out.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-19-2014, 09:17 PM
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Find a good indie. The dealer will eat you alive on jobs like this.

And tow it in. You'll damage components if you run it.

Good luck.

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Hard to believe someone having enough intelligence to come to public forum and start obscene topic has no intelligence to open the hood and take a look down the steering system.
TIP >>> flashlight might be handy.

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I a, sorry for sounding so ignorant. I guess I should have been a little more descriptive.
My car dropped about a week ago for the second time. I have had the high pressure line replaced going from the top of the tandem pump to the leveling bar. This fixed the problem for about a month. The car dropped again a month later. I called the mercedes dealer ship to find out if they could find out what was making it drop, whether it was the pump, the struts or accumulators . that is when they told me it could not be pin pointed. So last night before I posted, the power steering fluid started leaking. I know that the pump is tandem, so I did not know, if a leak in the power steering could cause the car to drop, since the pump is tandem. I did not know if the pressure from the power steering portion could affect the suspension portion.
Forgive me for sounding ignorant or lazy, it was fairly late and I could not see all the hoses.
I was just looking for a little help
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Apparently your car has what's known as ABC suspension, as opposed to the air suspension. The power steering pump not only provides hydraulic pressure for the steering, but also supplies hydraulic pressure for the car's suspension as well, hence the reason it's referred to as a "tamdem pump", and by the way, a lot more costly to replace than a normal power steering pump. Obviously with a considerable leak, both the steering and the suspension are not going to operate properly, if at all, likely the reason your car has dropped as you say. Get the leak(s) fixed ASAP and then go from there.
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