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Old 04-27-2006, 05:38 PM
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Second harmonic balancer failure - 2001 E430, 40,500 miles

I have the car at the dealership, supposedly the harmonic balancer is falling apart again.

Car is a 2001 e430 with 40,500 miles.

I had the harmonic balancer replaced under warranty in November of 2003, with 23,700 miles:

112-035-13-00 Vibration AB
006-990-70-04 Screw

Questions:

1. Was the Nov 03 replacement the updated part?
2. Is this part still the most updated part? I see newer part numbers in other threads here.
3. Has anyone experienced a failure with the updated part - in other words, had to replace their harmonic balancer twice?
4. The dealer is balking at replacing this, how do I go about escalating this issue (he's not listening when I said this is a known problem with these cars).

Thanks for all your help!

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Old 04-27-2006, 07:03 PM
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The harmonic balancer on my 2000 E430 is original, it never changed. Is this a recall part from Mercedes Benz ?
Actually, I don't know what is this part and what does it do. What will happen if I do not change it ?
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Old 04-27-2006, 07:40 PM
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You must've missed this thread:

It's official. Harmonic Balancer Service Campaign released 4/5/05

The recall covers all V6 and V8 engines from 1998 through the middle of 2000.

There is a specific cutoff point by VIN #.

It might be in the thread, but if you take your car to the dealer, they'll be happy to tell you.

You should take your car in anyway. There is also a free service campaign they are carryout where they add extra sealant to the doors.
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Old 04-28-2006, 08:08 AM
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There have been 6 versions of the front "balancer" on NORMAL (not AMG) versions of the M112/113 engines! Started with 112-035-00-00...from there there has been 112-035-05-00, 112-035-06-00, 112-035-08-00, 112-035-09-00, 113-035-13-00 & now 112-035-13-00-05...

SERVICE campaign covered replacement of 112-035-00-00 & 112-035-06-00!
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Old 04-28-2006, 08:13 AM
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Shame on Daimler-Chrysler. Using customers as a test bed for their products. It's all a myth, that Mercedes quality.
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Old 08-13-2006, 08:29 PM
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my replacement balancer just failed!

I got a new balancer at the dealer yesterday after my indie, while replacing the multirib belt, noticed cracks in the balancer (112-035-08-00) I had had the dealer install in 2003 as a result of the postings here prior to the campaign (I got reimbursed after the campaign). The dealer sold me part number 112-035-14-00, for only $42.50, which my indie replaced today (sunday) since i wouldn't wait 2 weeks for a dealer appointment. I find it interesting that in November when I responded to the campaign the dealer noted that the 0800 balancer was not the part number to be replaced and did nothing; there was no notation of any cracks at that time.
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Old 08-14-2006, 08:10 AM
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The 112-035-14-00 replaces ALL earlier numbers on that campaign..

ONLY the 112-035-00-00 & 112-035-06-00 are covered numbers!

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