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Old 08-01-2004, 10:59 PM
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Angry C230 Kompressor Failure

Purchased very clean, 1-owner 1999 C230K six months ago with 53,000 miles. After four months, the Kompressor stopped engaging. What was first diagnosed as an actuator problem now looks like a broken kompressor seal. Local dealer says total unit need replacement ($2000). Am I just unlucky or what? Dealer says only seen 3 such failures over the years with no consistent root cause. Questions: anyone with similar experience? Are there any aftermarket or remanufactured units available on the market? Do I have any other options but replacement? Thanks from new site member.

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Old 08-02-2004, 04:10 AM
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I've seen supercharger clutchs fail, but it's very unusual for the actual supercharger to fail, but i have seen them get quite noisy. Bearing noise is the only reason I've ever changed one and that's only when they're under warrenty.

I don't even know what a kompressor seal is, there really aren't any seals in these units.

do you have any more info on what they've told you and what they've checked so far

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Old 08-03-2004, 11:11 PM
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Thanks Alex. Guess I need to get more information. Dealer said oil was leaking into system (oil cooled unit?) indicating some kind of seal leak. Will get back.
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Old 08-04-2004, 09:09 AM
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weren't there a series of troublesome superchargers ( was it just noise? ) on these engines starting with the SLK?

also wasn't there a change in the compressor oil or frequency of oil changes ?

not sure just trying to recall
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Old 08-04-2004, 01:04 PM
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Try this:
$ 420.oo for a completely rebuild S/C sounds pretty good to me.

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