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Old 05-04-2001, 08:09 PM
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Has anyone determined whether the warranty that covers oil and filter changes also covers brake fluid renewal at the two year interval in the spring? My car was in service 6/99. S430 model 2000.

MBUSA gave me two different answers on the phone.
1) Covered during B service. She thinks.
2) Ask your dealer's service manager. (This answer from the tech support person who claimed no knowledge about it being recommended in the spring. I guess he doesn't read the manual given to the customers)But he gave me the job #.

My dealer's service department is researching the issue.
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Old 05-04-2001, 09:03 PM
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I don’t have my manual in front of me but do recall that starting in MY 2k all fluid changes are covered under warranty at the regularly specified intervals.

Hope this helps

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Old 05-04-2001, 11:36 PM
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MAN! That's a good question. It is definitely recomended every 2 years, so yeah, it should be done soon. On the service sheets we use, I know it is listed at the back in the "additional services" column. But the real question is if MB pays for it under the "free maintenance" plan. If I remember right, it is stated that they pay for "regularly scheduled maintenance", to me that means the A and B services, but the brake and coolant flushes are supposed to be done on a time interval, not by the FSS schedule. I don't know if this would be considered "regularly scheduled" or not. I would ask the service manager or service advisor where you have the car serviced. i will try to remember to ask my boss on Monday what he thinks, and maybe I can ask him for an official source for his answer. Actually, it will be Tuesday, the boss gets to go to the C-class sport hatch (coupe?-whatever) introduction on Monday......Gilly
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Old 05-06-2001, 02:40 AM
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Gilly,

I’ve always wanted to know, exactly what takes place when the brake fluid is changed out? Is the fluid bled off in all 4 corners until clear or new fluid comes out, or just the reservoir drained and re-filled?

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Old 05-06-2001, 10:43 AM
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You drain out the reservoir (on the newer ones it needs to be sucked out-oh, excuse me "extracted"- and refilled, then the reservoir is pressureized and bled at all 4 corners until it is clean. On a real "dirty" system it's easy to tell when it's clean, on a car being done every 2 years, it's harder to tell, I usually let each corner "run" for a minute or so on the rear, half a minute on the front.....Gilly
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Thanks, Gilly!

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Old 05-16-2001, 07:35 PM
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Gilly any further info? It is listed as an additional job code in the service manual which details the A and B service to be done at the approprate interval in the manual owners receive.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-17-2001, 01:04 AM
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Sorry I kept forgetting to post it, out of sight, out of mind I guess. But at least I had remembered to ask my boss. He says YES it's covered. i said "based on what?", and he said per the MB district rep, (he had already asked). One stipulation is that it isn't to be done on as seperate "job", so to speak, it is to be done at the same time as an "A" or "B" service. No "cutting corners", either. It is to be done at 2 years for the brake flush, 3 years at the coolant, so if you play your services right, you should be able to get 2 brake flushes and 1 coolant flush out of MB. We go by the production date found on the label in the body side of the drivers door jamb for determining when the date is due, ie a car with prod date 02/00 will be due 02/2002 for a brake flush, etc. I'm sure any reasonable service manager would allow it to be done a month or 2 early, as long as it's in for a A or B service anyways......Gilly
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