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Old 05-04-2014, 03:29 PM
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2005 W163 ML500 service, preventative maintenance recommendations?

Hey all,
We just drove our new to us 2005 ML500 (got home only 6 hours ago!) and wanted to hurry up and post here to see what service recommendations you guys have for us. It's got 113K on the clock and no check engine lights. I plan to get the tranny fluid and filter done soon, and to replace the tranny electrical connector with the o-rings that often leak. I will also get an oil leak that appears to be from the colling lines that run to the radiator addressed. Ball joints were recently replaced. Is there anything else that we should take care of at this point to prevent future problems? Are there any other general services that we should do?

Thank you as always, for any recommendations you have for us. -J

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Old 05-04-2014, 10:16 PM
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Start with what you know. Find, ask for previous service records. Then it's basics.
Spark plugs if over 40k mi.
Engine air filter
Cabin filter
Serpentine belt and tensioner
Suction out some power steering fluid for a visual. Do a flush as needed
Transfer case flush
Flush both front and rear diff
Flush brake fluid and check pads and rotor wear
If you don't know when last done; fuel filter

If any of these look like there within service levels move on
Good Luck
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:01 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions, we'll be following up on these for sure. I wish we knew more about the car. We did a carfax before we bought it, and we know it was "dealer maintained," but when we went to our local dealer (completely useless and absolutely good for nothing aside from maybe fertilizing the nearby agricultural fields... Wait, um, well, no on second thought not even that.) They looked up our car by vin in their computers and after finding it and it's full service history, reported that they wouldn't tell us anything at all that had been done previously (against policy of course), but (hey big surprise here!) it was DUE FOR A SERVICE! Wow, imagine the luck! What a coincidence! We left, and might try talking to another dealer in the future but for now we can plan on doing some preventative work at our indy.

Any thoughts about wheel bearings?

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