W203 2005/55 ESP Inactive - Visit workshop

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  1. Rasulghul

    Rasulghul New Member

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    Hi chaps, recently the ESP Inactive light has come on and i've had it plugged in and it's saying that it's the steering angle sensor. Now, I got alot of work done to the car replacing ball joints and a passenger track rod end - since then the light has appeared, the tracking was out slightly and i've had the tracking done and now it pulls straight but the ESP light still appears - i'm wondering when the ball joints and the track rod end was replaced if it could have knocked a wire or something which is causing that to appear.

    Any input is welcome - i will get the exact code that comes up on the diagnostic machine and post here later.

    Thanks
     
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    Rasulghul

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    just to add, it's a c220 cdi sport and it's an auto.
     
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    Have you tried moving the steering from lock to lock 4 or 5 times? (Engine running)

    This can sometimes cancel ESP warnings as it can re-calibrate the steering angle sensor.
     
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    Rasulghul

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    I think i have tried it but it kept coming back, i haven't driven the car in a while so will give this a try. I rang Merc up and they want £290 - no thanks!
     
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    If you have tried this then it needs to be on Star.
     
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    Sorry i'm not sure I follow, do you mean I need to plug a start system in?
     
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    If STAR reported the SAS and the code is current you'll need to replace the sensor. Only a ten minute job
     
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    Could I get away with buying a second hand one? There are various numbers on the sensor but do you know which one i'll need?

    Thanks
     
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    Personally I wouldn't trust second hand, they're easily damaged if removed carelessly.
     
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    hi yes that's correct, however, i'm getting offered one for £20 from someone i know that's breaking a similar car to mine, same year and model, so if £20 fixes it i'll be happy, if not i'll get a new one.

    Do the part numbers have to be the same?

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