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Great information. I'll check it out tonight after work.
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PDF - Connector Service Campaign

Here's the pdf you discussed. It does say it is a service campaign and not a recall. There are a few interesting points:
1. The service campaign does not expire.
2. The connectors that are being replaced are under the top engine cover, not the front engine cover
3. According to a couple of web sites (including this one 271150015605 / 271 150 01 56 05 | - | 84533007001 / 845 33007 001 | Mercedes Engine Camshaft Adjuster Magnet Wiring Harness Genuine 271 150 01 56 05 | New-Part.com ) The part used in the campaign doesn't apply to a 2005 C230 sedan.

I'm not sure that this campaign applies to my car. Can you provide additional clarification?

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The service campaign done on my 2005 C230K was 200910001. I have done a brief search on it and have found no significant information.

I think the confusion comes from the pdf. It was for service campaign 200910002. It covers 2005-2011 W203 with M272 and M273 engines which are V-blocks and have only a top engine cover.

Our inline fours have a front and top cover. The part# installed according to my worksheet is 271-150-02-56-05.
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When replacing the camshaft adjuster magnet, I found that the most difficult part of the job was installing the little rubber plug in the center of the part. The plug has to be installed after the camshaft adjuster magnet has been fastened to the engine and aligned with a 6mm drill bit. I found that just trying to just press the plug in the hole was difficult. What I finally did was to lightly oil the plug and use the long end of an allen key which snugly fit in the center hole of the plug. I pressed and wiggled the plug into the hole with the allen key. When I got one side of the plug to hook in. I then withdrew the allen key from the plug and then completed the seating of the plug with the male end of a 3/8" socket extension. Did anyone else have this same problem or is it just me?
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The plug has to be installed after the camshaft adjuster magnet has been fastened to the engine and aligned with a 6mm drill bit. I found that just trying to just press the plug in the hole was difficult.
I'm preparing to replace my magnets. I plan to use this video as a guide:

At about the 2:30 point of the video, the narrator states that he just pressed the plug into the hole prior to installing the part on the front of the engine.

Why do you think the magnet needs to be on the car before installing the plug? The narrator didn't seem to encounter any problems with leaks by installing the plug before attaching the magnet.

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The reason there is a hole is to enable you to correctly centre the new part using a 6mm drill bit. You can't do that if you have already plugged the hole.
Follow my tips post number 147.
Apply a smear of rubber grease or silicone grease to the plug to make it easier to push in.
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The reason there is a hole is to enable you to correctly centre the new part using a 6mm drill bit. You can't do that if you have already plugged the hole.
Follow my tips post number 147.
Apply a smear of rubber grease or silicone grease to the plug to make it easier to push in.
I tried the method that you recommended and just couldn't get the plug to go in. So, I reluctantly removed the magnet and pressed the plug in on my work bench using a small C Clamp designed for wood working. I wasn't able to use the 6mm drill bit to align the magnet.

I installed the magnet with the plug attached by carefully aligning the three holes and gradually tightened it down. I seems to be running fine and it isn't leaking. I'll check it every few days for a two weeks to be sure it doesn't develop a leak.

By the way, it appears that they redesigned the center plug. I've attached pictures showing the old and new parts. (The one with oil on it is the part I took off the car.)
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If it works and it doesn't leak then that is all that matters.
Good job.
I guess the advantage when replacing the old part with new,is that you can see from the dirt etc,exactly where the new one has to go,so using the drill bit is not always necessary,as long as you put it exactly where the old one was.
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I was a little concerned when I started the car as I thought I might hear the engine implode. I've owned my C230 for about 4 months, so I prefer to follow instructions step-by-step. Even if the reason for a step isn't apparent, I assume it has a purpose. I seem to have gotten away with a variation on the procedure this time, but I don't plan to press my luck.

The harnesses in my car were not dripping with oil, but they were "glistening" a bit so they were leaking and I doubt they would have fixed themselves. I have now added the wiring harness extensions ($45.52 for non-OEM part) and the Cam magnets ($77.50 for Pierburg). While this seems like a substantial amount of money for something that shouldn't have failed to begin with, it's better to take care of it before it causes even more damage. The independent mechanic who works on my cars told me he had to replace the engine wiring harness (or a substantial part of it) on another customer's C230. I think he said he charge almost $700.
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Yesterday I picked up my '03 C230 from the dealership (Fletcher Jones Mercedes in Honolulu).
They repaired my car under the service campaign (they actually referred to it as a 'recall') at no charge. I have the three-page receipt in front of me.
What's amazing is that I had no trouble getting this done! I did start by contacting Mercedes by signing up for a Mercedes Me account, iirc. I sent a message asking about the service campaign to them, and they verified that it is still valid.

The recall is 2009010001.
I set an appointment and took the car to them last Friday morning, and they shuttled me to work. They could not finish the recall work, so they gave me a brand new 2018 GLC300. I ended up keeping it for five days--returning it yesterday.

The service manager said the labor was about 11 hours. The receipt states it included:
-Wiring harness on engine replace
-Hall sensor for ignition on camshaft replace (after check)
-Solenoid units (all) for variable valve timing camshaft-control replace (after check)
-Replace sensor for oil level indicator
-Replace oxygen sensor upstream and downstream

During the time they had it, the dealership called to ask if I wanted them to do a diagnostic, as the Check Engine light was illuminated. I declined. They asked if I wanted them to replace some hoses, seals and fittings that needed to be replaced ($380). I declined. They also asked if I wanted the to wash the car and clean the carpets. I declined.

My total bill: 0. Seriously.
In addition, they went ahead and washed and vacuumed the car anyway. They cleared the check engine light.
I couldn't be more amazed.
I'm now an official fan of that dealership and Mercedes.

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