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2008 Mercedes S63 AMG Suspension Repair

2008 Mercedes S63 AMG  Suspension Repair


Mark: Hi it’s Mark from Top Local Lead Generation
we’re here with Bernie Pawlik of Pawlik Automotive; we’re feeling a little great
this morning. How’re you doing Bernie? Bernie: Excellent, excellent. Mark: So 2008, it’s getting a little bit
older, a Mercedes S63 AMG, pretty fancy car, suspension repair. What was going on with
this car? Bernie: Well the owner came to us, he said
he had a problem with his left rear strut, a suspension strut, this is an AMG that has
the Active Body Control Systems so it’s a hydraulic engine and yeah there was a problem
with the strut, there was some fluid leaking out and the vehicle wasn’t riding too well. Mark: So are there warning lights that get
displayed when that’s taking place? Bernie: Well sometimes they do. In this case
there were no warning lights and I’m not sure if the owner, there’s a whole reservoir
full of fluid for this system so if the fluid level gets too low or something happens it
will set off warning lights and they do set them off quite easily you know, if they pick
up any problems but there were no warning lights on this vehicle. I’m kind of surprised,
it may be that he topped up the fluid and the issues were not something that once the
fluid was full it wasn’t sending the warning lights off but you can have, with the Active
Body Control System there’s a lot of different warning lights that will come, different lights
but different things that will cause the lights to come on. Mark: Right, so what did you end up replacing? Bernie: We replaced the left rear strut, so
first we did a diagnosis of the system, a quick electronic test and then a visual inspection.
We found the left rear hydraulic strut was leaking fluid so we got a replacement unit,
put that in and everything works great after that. Mark: So from our past conversations, different
makes of vehicles that have these ABC systems, was this an expensive repair? Bernie: Yeah, it is. I’ll just show a couple
pictures here, you can have a look at this this suspension strut, but the answer is yes,
it’s fairly, fairly pricey repair. Here’s our AMG S63, beautiful car. There’s, there’s
a suspension strut right there, if you look down at the bottom of the strut which is that
sort of narrow tube part, it looks a little oily and dark, that’s I mean it’s painted
black but the oily and dark part that’s where the oil’s been leaking out, so anyways
there’s seals and that sort of accordion section up above there’s seals and various
you know springy, spring type pieces, valves and all sorts of complicated items inside
these struts and there’s seals so they’re basically leaking out so that’s what’s
happened here. So, is it expensive, the answer is yes it was. . . back again. To buy this
part from the dealer was almost $4,000 which almost shocked, which almost blew me off my
seat. These are always expensive from the dealer but $4,000 for one strut, if you can
imagine having to replace all four that’s $16,000 plus installation, labour and taxes,
it makes for an incredible pricey job. It’s like $20,000 to do the whole car but we have
a source out of the US, they remanufacture these struts, they also do air struts, that’s
their specialty and they do a great job, lifetime warrantied and their part is a fraction of
the cost of the dealer so it still makes for an expensive repair, much more palatable. Mark: So, are remanufactured struts available
for many of these kind of high tech European cars? Bernie: They are, they seem to be available
for pretty much all of them, this company we deal with, they as I said they made a specialty
of repairing these kind of struts and a lot of air struts, a lot of these vehicles have
air suspensions, Mercedes, Land Rovers, of course we talked about a lot and a variety
of other European cars use these kind of struts so yeah they’re available for pretty much
everything. Mark: So any final thoughts on the repair
or ABC strut systems in general? Bernie: Well on the repair I mean one thing
with struts is often on a car with conventional type of struts, if one goes on one side you
generally replace both because the way the suspension system works you need to do both
but with these electronic systems there’s really no need to do either side if one’s
leaking even whether it’s an air strut or hydraulic strut you can just replace each
individual component as you go, you know, certainly when you’re paying you know 14
or 15 hundred dollars a strut you really don’t want to be putting more in than you have to
and it really doesn’t affect the vehicle, once you’ve replaced the part it seems to
work just fine, so individual corners you can just do them one at a time. As far as
ABC systems I mean they’re awesome. ABC by the way stands for Active Body Control
so what it gives you the ability, the car sets when you go around a corner for instance,
the car won’t lean or if there’s some sort of stability issue like one part is diving
too much it will actually pump that strut up in like a fraction of a second so the car
rides well, its smooth, it improves safety in the vehicle as well so when you drive a
car that has a system in it, I mean the handling is incredible and to me it’s worth the money
if you can afford it. Mark: So if you’re looking for service on
your high-tech fancy Euro saloon or Range Rover or you name it basically the guys to
call in Vancouver are Pawlik Automotive. You can reach them to book an appointment at 604-327-7112
or check out their website, there’s tons of information on there about all kinds of
repairs of all kinds of vehicles pawlikautomotive.com. Thanks Bernie Bernie: Thanks Mark.

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3 thoughts on “2008 Mercedes S63 AMG Suspension Repair

  1. I PURCHASED A BEAUTIFUL 2008 S63 AMG IN NOV. 2015 WITH ONLY 15,250 OG MILES ON IT. I NOW HAVE 59,000 MILES…..MOSTLY HIGHWAY MILES. I'VE ALREADY REPLACED MAJOR COMPONENTS SUCH AS A TRANSMISSION PART BECAUSE THE CAR WENT INTO "LIMP MODE". THIS HAPPENED AT ~43,000 MILES. AT ~52,000 MILES I HAD TO REPLACE A PUMP, NOW AT 59,000 MILES I HAVE TO REPLACE ANOTHER MAJOR PART…..HYDRAULIC PUMP. BEAUTIFUL CARS…..BUT DON'T PURCHASE A USED ONE NO MATTER HOW GREAT IT LOOKS. MERCEDES BENZ SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES….BOASTING OF THEIR GERMAN ENGINEERING BEING THE BEST IN THE WORLD. MY 2008 S63 AMG BRAND NEW COST $135,000…..AND HERE IT IS, HAVING ISSUES STARTING AT ONLY ~40,000 MILES….THAT'S SHAMEFUL! OH YEAH, THERE'S ONE MORE PROBLEM……MY CD PLAYER IS NOT WORKING, GOES OFF & ON….RADIO STILL WORKS BUT NOT THE CD PLAYER. HERE ON YOUTUBE IT'S SAID TO BE THE AMP…..MOST LIKELY ANOTHER "BIG MONEY" ITEM!!! BEAUTIFUL CAR….YES IT IS….BUT A MAJOR MONEY PIT!!! DON'T PURCHASE A USED MERCEDES BENZ S63 AMG!!!

  2. ME AGAIN……MAYBE GERMAN ENGINEERING IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD, REASON BEING IS THAT THEIR ENGINEERING IS SO GOOD THAT THEY ENGINEER COMPONENTS / PARTS TO FAIL WHEN THEY WANT, IN ORDER TO MAKE EVEN MORE MONEY IN REPAIRING. OF COURSE ONLY MERCEDES BENZ CAN DO THE REPAIRING IN MOST CASES…….EVERYTHING IS CODED THESE DAYS!!!!

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