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PARKTRONIC false positives (E-class 2012)

Discussion in 'Electronics' started by robaa, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. robaa

    robaa New Member

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    Newbie alert! :)

    My 2012 (212) E-class has a problem with the PARKTRONIC, the front end (usually just the driver's side, sometimes both sides) gives false positives. It started out as an intermittent problem, mainly in wet weather, but has gradually got worse and is now pretty much constant, so much so that I have to switch the system off almost every time I drive.

    My local MB dealer as well as an indy both quoted me about £150 just to diagnose the problem, apparently figuring out which of the sensors is faulty (if any, or if all, or if it's something else) is time consuming and generally a hassle. Although the dealer did say that if I then get it repaired there, they'll credit me half the cost of the diagnosis, so I guess that's not too bad.

    Anyway, before I start shelling out my hard-earned money I thought I'd ask if anyone has any words of wisdom to share? I realise it's difficult to remote-diagnose over the internet, but any thoughts on what it could be, eg. is there a known issue with this model? All pointers welcome, thanks in advance!
     
  2. whitenemesis

    whitenemesis MB Club Veteran

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    Check sensor faces for stone chips.

    Should only take 30min using STAR to diagnose the system and report on which sensor is causing errors, possible there's a connection issue but still should point in the right direction.

    Whereabouts are you located?
     
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    robaa

    robaa New Member

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    Thanks. The sensors look okay superficially at least, I've also wiped them clean but to no avail.

    I guess 30 min on STAR is the £150 they're talking about...? ;)

    I'm in Oxfordshire.
     
  4. whitenemesis

    whitenemesis MB Club Veteran

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    30min from an indie shouldn't cost anywhere near that!

    This chap comes highly recommended

    Star Motor Services
     
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  5. John Cowley

    John Cowley New Member

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    robaa- I had exactly the problem you described on my 2012 Mercedes E200 for about 30 minutes yesterday. It then went back to normal. I noticed when it was happening that the car was within the correct slow speed range but the blue P parktronics light on the speedometer display did not come on. When back to working normally it did come on. I sort of interpreted this that it was some sort of computer software error. I'll keep an eye out to see if it happens again. How did you solve the problem as a matter of interest?
     
  6. DavE400

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    I can't fathom out how the parktronic sytem works ....is there a REAL idiot's guide that someone can direct me to please?
     
  7. whitenemesis

    whitenemesis MB Club Veteran

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  8. uumode

    uumode Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Can't always fully trust the parktronic - especially when some car parks try to catch you out.

    This car park had a concrete protrusion at the level of the top of the boot lid, the parktronic was monitoring the lower half and I reversed quite close to the concrete protrusion.

    Luckily I did not pay too much attention to the parktronic.

    [​IMG]
     

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  9. Benzmanc

    Benzmanc Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Get yourself an Icarsoft i980 and diagnose it yourself. Mine goes into all the modules, even measures distance on individual sensors. They're around £90, IMO money very well spent.
     

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