Date registered: Sep 2007
Vehicle: 2006 E320 CDI
Location: Dayton, OH
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
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I stopped by the dealership again today to pick up a few odd small rubber parts and to discuss service I have scheduled Thursday, as well as SBC and power steering flush. While I obviously can do service myself, I do still take it in for A & B service, but I "subtract" out a number of things that I do myself to bring cost down. I like to keep the relationship with the guys at the dealership who work in service.
So I'm having my SBC brakes flushed/bled, as it's been about 2 years. I take no chances with the SBC brakes and make sure full liability is on the dealer, and the fact you can't do it right without the Star service tool. But man has that service went up in price! It was $200 the last time and now it's up to $285. Grrr. I called another independent local shop that I have never used that has the star diagnostics and they quoted me $175, but I am hesitant to let anyone but the dealer touch the SBC system. I'm not sure the money savings is worth the risk on the SBC system. Thoughts? (Yes, I'm aware of the 25 year warranty.)
Power steering flush. I've never attempted it, except in old muscle cars years ago. At 322K miles, the fluid is bound to be pretty oxidized and contaminated with wear particles. Yeah, I know the dealers say "they don't recommend flushing the power steering". My guess is that recommendation is based on a 7 year ownership. The guys in service don't really buy it if you talk to them "off the record", but they have to tow the line with MB. So my problem - I don't know how to flush a power steering system. I see a bleed procedure in the WIS, but I don't see a draining procedure. I know how to do a partial flush without introducing air at all, which is probably good enough and exchanges 80%+ of the fluid.