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Power Steering Fluid Problems of Mercedes Benz ML430



Mercedes Benz ML430 owners have reported 12 problems related to power steering fluid (under the steering category).

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Failure Date: 08/31/2010

In approximately August 2010, I had an esp light on. Took it to the dealership (3 hours away) and they replaced the steering column. I picked up the car and drove approx 20 mins when I noticed the steering wheel was not aligned. Called the dealership and had to bring it back in because they forgot to align the wheels. Started off on my drive back home, stopped for gas and on the way out the driveway (10 mph), I heard a grinding/squeaking noise. Got my car home and found that it was leaking power steering fluid from a clamp. I kept ps fluid in the car. Took the car back to the dealership in approx. November and they told me that I needed to have a new ps pump and rack/pinions resealed, the cost of approx $1800. 00, of which I cannot afford. I have been driving the car, just keeping ps fluid in it, but it leaks out. I have no power steering. I have had the recall clamp replace twice, once in 2003 and then in 2007.

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Failure Date: 04/01/2010

Car was driving down the road and power steering fluid hoses fell off and power steering failed completely. I was able to steer the vehicle off the road and reattach the hoses the best I could. We took the vehicle in for the power steering hose clamp recall and mb performed the replacement. This year, the clamps came off again and the rack itself was damaged and profusely leaks fluid now. The new hose clamps have not fixed the problem and have caused further damage to the steering system as a whole.

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Failure Date: 01/25/2010

The contact owns a 2000 Mercedes Benz Ml430. The contact stated that power steering fluid was leaking, resulting in power steering failure while driving. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 08v465000 (steering:hydraulic power assist:hose, piping, and connections), but the failure recurred after repairs. The dealer and the manufacturer were notified of the failure, but denied any assistance with repair to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

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Failure Date: 08/18/2009

My 2000 Mercedes Benz Ml430 has a severe power steering leakage. Two recalls by the NHTSA have been issued. The dealership claims that my leakage is due to severe leakage at the power steering rack seals and reservoir. I want to notify the NHTSA that there are mechanical failures related to the power steering leakage that may be in addition to the specific recall issues and the dealership/mb declines to address without compensation. My vehicle has 88,900 miles I have lost power steering while driving down the highway at 65 mph and must check the fluid levels constantly. I have been fortunate to have not experienced a major accident.

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Failure Date: 03/14/2009

Took the 2000 Ml430 in for recall in 11/08. Car started making same noise as before. Took it back for them to re-fix it again. They refused. Wanted me to pay 285. Said even though car acted the same and was still leaking fluid, it wasn't a recall repair. I disagree. I don't have 285!!! I put more power steering fluid in and left. It's still doing the same thing.

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Failure Date: 02/17/2009

My 2001 Mercedes Benz Ml430 was leaking power steering fluid about 8 months ago I figured out that the clamp had come off so I retightened it and filled it up again because it was empty. 2 months ago it happened again I noticed the clamp did not tighten so I replaced the clamp then I received the recall notice. At the sacramento mercedes-benz dealership the assistant service manager gayton derosa (930382) had helped us on 2/17/09 invoice number is mccs281762 we had informed him that the power steering was emptied twice because of the faulty clamp and we refilled the tank with mercedes power steering fluid along with a compatible power steering stop leak fluid hoping it would solve the leakage we also informed him that the fluid was up to level when we left our home. They did the required safety recall#2003-040005 after the safety recall was performed I sat down a second time and he told me that someone has put transmission fluid into the powersteering reservoir and that it needs to be flushed which costs $129 also he said that the seal to the reservoir is leaking and that it would cost $185 for the reservoir tank and seal. We informed him that any faulty problems involving the powersteering system should be dealt with at no cost that if the reservoir tank was emitted twice and running with no powersteering fluid because of the faulty clamp that should be covered under the safety recall. He said that it was not covered and that seals leak for no apparent reason and happens sporadically when I received the vehicle back I noticed that the reservoir tank was overserviced to the brim. I am a qualified faa rated aircraft mechanic and a retired 22 year military air force aviation maintenance mechanic. There is no way that transmission fluid was in my power steering reservoir tank. That one of their employees had filled it with the wrong type of fluid after replacing clamp and hose I am dissatisfied of the service rendered by Mercedes Benz of sacramento under this recall program.

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Failure Date: 02/05/2009

The contact owns a 2000 Mercedes Benz Ml430. The vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 03v121000 (steering:hydraulic power assist:hose, piping, and connections). After the repair was performed, the contact still experienced failures. When the steering wheel was turned to the left or right, it would make a noise as if there were no power steering fluid in the vehicle. The manufacturer issued a second recall (NHTSA campaign id number 08v465000), which stated that an earlier recall repair performed may be insufficient in preventing a future leakage or failure of the power steering hose connection (please see 03v121). Since it is not possible through inspection to identify specific vehicles that may not have been properly repaired, all vehicles repaired prior to November 15, 2003 will be repaired again. The contact had the repairs performed in 2004 and was informed that his VIN was not included in the recall extension. No repairs have been made to correct the failure. The failure and current mileages were less than 85,000.

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Failure Date: 12/04/2008

The contact owns a 2000 Mercedes Benz Ml430. While driving approximately 10 mph on normal road conditions, the power steering failed. The contact pulled the vehicle over, inspected underneath the hood, and noticed power steering fluid leaking. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 08v465000 (steering:hydraulic power assist,hose, piping, and connections). The recall remedy was unsuccessful because the failure recurred the following day. The vehicle is currently being repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 130,000.

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Failure Date: 06/07/2003

Loss of power steering fluid at low speed, cool engine.

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Failure Date: 02/05/2003

The vehicle lost all power steering, which almost caused consumer to lose control of the vehicle. The power steering hose was leaking at the clamp, and was replaced.

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Failure Date: 02/01/2003

Power steering oil leakage resulting in heavy steering and difficulty turning corners.

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Vehicle lost steering resulting in fluid spraying over engine. Dealer has been contacted. Please provide further information.


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