I used a local repair facility that the warranty company recommended. Consider chain and sprocket wear fitted parts, if either are worn replace them both. Installing the Allen nut while compressing the spring is most easily done with an air ratchet, if you use air tools to start the job make sure to finish with a torque wrench. If it's an older engine from the 1970s or 1980s or has a single roller chain it may be needed. I normally check out a potential new used car purchase but several things combined to prevent me doing so. If I had a better place to do the work I'd do it in a heartbeat. We are here to keep your Mercedes-Benz running and able to be enjoyed for years to come.
Luckily I did, even though I had never had to use a warranty contract in the past. Applicable Models Not Applicable to Model 164. For those absolutely stupid things that you see people bring, roll, or toss into your place of business and the people that bring them in. We are close enough to Weaverville, and Asheville, to make it worth the drive. If I have the balance shaft issue and they don't cover it for me, I can safely say I'll never buy a Benz again.
Eurocharged is one of the companies that makes a high power 5g. We are family-owned and operated with long-standing ties to the community. Translation, balance shaft is taking a dump. The repair involves removal of the engine, oil pans and front cover and all cam actuators, we replace the balance shaft or idler gear, the chain, any worn guides, the sheet metal pan if bent, the oil pump, the oil level sensor, and all parts supplied in the kit. These engines utilize and variable timing that can compensate the timing up to 40 degrees of rotation. Note: Cylinder heads are not needed to be removed. When we bought it, it had 23500 miles on it.
For the next 8 days back and forth with the dealer, and then with Mercedes Benz in the western suburbs of Chicago. I'm having a shop do the actual swap, but I was very tempted to do it myself. Even though I have loved this car my next vehicle will not be a Mercedes. If it's the balance shaft that's the problem, no doubt I will raise a massive stink if they don't want to cover it. Check with the dealer of you have this issue with either or both codes 1200 and 1208 as they may cover part of the repair.
You'll hear the chain noise if you missed this step and risk snapping a camshaft or braking the chain. Now insert the spring and spacer, compress the spring, with the Allen nut. Then insert the pin in through the back make sure its not extended. But I'm at 120k miles and from what I have read, the balance shaft issue should show up well before that. Needless to say, this was a Major Mercedes Repair job. Thankfully the cylinder heads did not have to be removed for this repair.
So hopefully I have corrected all the glitches and can start enjoying the car again. Not sure which solenoids would be the correct ones though. Balance Shaft Replacement The engine had to be removed in order to replace the defective Mercedes-Benz balance shaft with a newly designed shaft constructed of stronger alloys. When we bought it we bought a 2 year extended warranty. They merely reminded me the car is out of warranty. Is that Mercedes customer service?. A Mercedes service bulletin has been released which outlines repair instructions specific to the combined p1200 and p1208 stored fault codes.
The M272 and M273 engine introduced in 2006 have had problems with the timing resulting from a worn balance shaft sprocket M272 or timing chain idler gear on the M273. If this issue is not fixed, it can lead to costly engine damage if the timing chain jumps. In looking through info regarding the class action suit, I think I read that there was some deadline for when they were covering the repairs for free. Our shop is equipped with the same state-of-the-art tools and diagnostic equipment as the Mercedes-Benz dealer service departments. Unfortunately, the gear itself is not a replaceable item.
I had a cam code recently and when I took it in they found no available coverage for any issues beyond my brake booster and my fuel system. Well, I soon found out that I was in for more than just an oil change! I have since found that balance shaft is a common issue with this engine. And i have one more complaint! There is a class-action law suit that has been filed by Kantrowitz, Goldhamer and Graifman, a New Jersey-based law firm. You can instead post these to our sister subreddit:. I was taught that you get what you pay for but not so in this case. Modern timing chains can be expected to last the life of the engines if all the parts are manufactured correctly.