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Old 11-13-2005, 11:22 AM
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Question 2000 ML430 BAS, ESP and ETS lights on

My 2000 ML430 BAS/ESP and ETS lights come on together, often and at unpredictable times (sometimes during start and at other times after hours of driving). I do not notice any malfunctions when these lights are on. I suspect that the lights are at fault, not the BAS, ESP and ETS systems themselves.

Before I send my vehicle back to the shop for a probable costly repair, I thought I'd ask to see if anyone else has encountered the same problem. If so, how much did the repair cost?
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Old 11-13-2005, 11:38 AM
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Common problem usually traced to a faulty brake switch.

Inexpensive fix either in shop or DIY
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Old 11-13-2005, 12:41 PM
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My 2000 ML430 BAS/ESP and ETS lights come on together, often and at unpredictable times (sometimes during start and at other times after hours of driving). I do not notice any malfunctions when these lights are on. I suspect that the lights are at fault, not the BAS, ESP and ETS systems themselves.

Before I send my vehicle back to the shop for a probable costly repair, I thought I'd ask to see if anyone else has encountered the same problem. If so, how much did the repair cost?
See http://forums.mbnz.org/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1166641&posts=14
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Old 11-16-2005, 07:16 PM
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mine did that while it was still under warranty; the dealer replaced the entire steering column (!!!) because the steering angle sensor was faulty. at first i thought he was lying but the ace mechanics left a couple of tiny snap rings in the floorboard that made me think they acutally did it. thank goodness it was still under warranty!!! Hope your results are not that bad.
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Old 01-07-2006, 06:14 PM
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Thanks!

R & R switch. Checks 4.0 on deck. FCF to follow.

Thanks a million, or maybe a few hundred.
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Old 01-09-2006, 04:18 PM
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Just thought I would throw this out there for the "techs" to debate. I had the same 3 light problem upon pulling out with my 2000 ML430. The dash lights would remain lit until I shutdown/restarted the vehicle, and sometimes would come back the second I pulled out again. I replaced the brakelight switch and after numerous more dash light encounters had no luck. Some time later I had the brake fluid replaced and now have no more dash light problems! I don't think this is a coincidence and wrote this to help those who are troubleshooting the common BAS/ESP and ETS dash light problem with their ML. The switch was $16 and the fluid change was $59. Since the switch is a typical problem and the fluid should be replaced about every 2 years, this might not be a bad and inexpensive starting point.
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Old 01-09-2006, 09:45 PM
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My wife had her lights come on again for the second time in less than a month. This time, they replaced the master cylinder. She said she heard a pop sound when the came on while braking. I think it could have been the ABS engaging.

We have another 30,000 miles left on our extended warranty we purchased for $4,000. I'm pretty certain our repairs since the warranty purchase have passed the $3,500 mark.
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