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Old 08-13-2001, 10:54 AM
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Unhappy Help! 94 C280 lost power steering, and ABS and battery lights on...


On my way to work this morning, my C280 suddenly lost power steering while driving into the company parking lot. The ABS and battery lights are also on from the console. Fortunately all these happened near where I work, so I can sit here writing this message. Now my problem is that I have to find a quick fix before I go home. Any body has any idea about what's happening to my car? Thanks.
Harry (94 C280)
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Old 08-13-2001, 11:27 AM
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Have you looked under the hood and checked the serpentine belt that drives the auxiliaries? Sounds like this item failed and you need a new one. This belt drives the power steering and the alternator. Jim
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Old 08-13-2001, 11:44 AM
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Just went check under the hood. You are right, the serpentine belt is gone. Thanks.
Harry (94 C280)
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Old 08-13-2001, 05:23 PM
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Interesting... let us know how the repair goes! Glad it's nothing major!!
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Old 08-14-2001, 02:16 PM
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Just got the car back from an independent shop. After a night in the shop and $119, the C280 is on the road again. The car is a 94 with about 64K miles on the clock. I worried if it's an accessory stocked that caused the belt to break however it's not the case. The charge breaks down into $80 labor and $36 belt plus tax if that matters. Thanks.
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