Date registered: Nov 2010
Vehicle: 1988 Mercedes 300CE, 1998 E430(sold), 2000 S430, 2003 S55, 1998 VW Golf(sold)
Location: Toronto Canada
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The Cat is Alive but Bleeding
So this ABC problem was really getting to me, so after diner I went downstairs to try and get to the bottom of it. I actually tried to stay away from the car today but did not last. I need this problem solved because I cannot check the fluid level on the transmission, ABC or even the engine with the front end two feet off the ground and the rear bumper sitting on the ground.
So I went down and figured I need the car running for awhile so I need the engine fan in and the transmission cooler line leaks stopped.
I tightened all the lines and bolted them to the oil pan like they should be. Took a guess and put 2 3/4 litres of transmission fluid in the car.
Installed the fan shroud and fan it started car let it warm up fan cam on and no transmission fluid leaks, two down more to go.
So checked codes just the same Display Defective ABC Visited WorkShop.
Figured I would try putting it in gear to see if that wakes up the ABC. Nope. Tried jacking up the rear of the car to see if that does it. Nope. Then I thought maybe it is because the front end is 2 feet in the air, so I dropped the front off the stands Nope. Thought maybe it just needed time to charge the system(was hopping anyway). Nope.
So now I am into this for about 1 1/2 hours the car running a very good part of the time at least 70%.
Now I am just grasping at straws on what to check. I have the car's fenders sitting on all the tires so it is a paperweight. So figured I will shut it down and call it a night, so disconnected the negative battery cable and was ready to pack it in.
One last thing I figured start checking relays then call it a night. I figured should start where I disconnected everything all the computer connection tight. So I just happened to look at the fuses and saw that a 5 amp fuse was just sitting in the holder, then I noticed that the white fuse block were not pushed in either. Pushed all in as it should be crossed fingers and connected battery cable
Got in the car turned the key on and in big red letters VEHICLE TOO LOW VISIT WORKSHOP!!!!! I have never been so happy to see a red warning on my ABC in my life, I noticed that the switches lights were on. I turned them all off and started the car. I heard noise and felt the car raise. Just left it for a few minutes the red warning was gone. Hit the raise switch the car lifted, hit the second ride position it moved more.
Car's fenders are off the tires. So thought it would be best to get it on the street as it would be a better level ground. Drove the car out and wow was it sitting wonky. I read that if you cycle through the raise and lower a few times it will get the air out. It helped but the car was still sagging on one side.
Took a look at the Xdiag 431 and saw dynamic test. I tried it this is what Star calls Rodeo. I ran the test twice and the car is sitting much better. I figured I would stop as I have no more ABC fluid and was getting late the car was very close to level a good point to call it a night.
So with the above said here I sit with the following
The engine runs very smooth, quiet, sat at 90ļC while testing the ABC, seems strong, sounds good, no smoke from the tailpipe, ABC at 90%, transmission cooler lines leaks stopped(or for now), AC works, only two warns on the dash(pre safe/ washer fluid), transmission seems to survived the ordeal, no coolant leaks, the car drove around my condo parking lot under it's own power without any issues so there is light at the end of the tunnel.
So the bad an oil leak only when running and is pretty heavy. I do believe it is the plate with the allen bolt that is on the timing cover at the oil filter housing. It was finger tight last night and I just tightened it and did not put any sealant around the head, or washer(not sure if it takes on or not). I will use my inspection camera and make sure it is coming form there tomorrow or the next.
So overall this was completely a pain in the butt job. The engine build up was the lesser evil. On a scale of 1-10 with one being nice and 10 being horrid this ranks a big old 15 on the scale.
Am I happy with the outcome so far YES, would I do it again NO.
So with all the above said I still have things to complete. The oil leak solved/fixed, exhaust flange bolt needs to be installed, check all the fluid levels, a couple of heat shields need installation, Rodeo, check over bolts, couple wires zip tied, test drive then the lower engine covers installed then hopefully enjoy an S55.
I would rather push a Benz then drive anything else.
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