Electronic Steering Lock Or ESL Fault Is Common Issue On Mercedes Benz W204
Most Mercedes Benz vehicles are fitted with an electronic steering locks (ESL). This steering lock module is designed to help you safeguard your car from theft. On AI has reported a trend increase in these faults especially on the W204 Mercedes Benz. The steering lock unit has become a source of frustration for many Mercedes Benz owners as it is costly and can be a huge inconvenience..
If you are experiencing faults with the ESL, i.e ESL is noisy or slow to operate, you should have the unit repaired immediately before you are left with a car you cannot use.
Common Symptoms Of A Faulty ESL (electronic steering lock) Unit
• The car won’t start, and the steering doesn’t unlock.
• A Noisy steering lock
• Key turns in Electronic Ignition Switch but the car will not start.
• The dash lights are off when turning key in Electronic Ignition Switch
• Electronic steering lock click or unlock sound cannot be heard when the key is inserted into the ignition.
• The steering wheel does not want to turn, even with the key inserted into EIS.
Is It Safe To Drive With The ESL Warning Light On?
In most instances, the warning light rarely illuminates while driving the car. In an unlikely event that it comes on while driving the car, you can continue to drive the car. Once you have stopped, you can see if you able to turn the key again and if the light stays on or goes off. As mentioned, when this light comes on, on your Mercedes Benz W204, you should contact a specialist auto electrician to look at it and resolve it
How Much Does It cost To Repair The Electronic Steering Lock.
the cost of repairing or replacing the ESL is somewhere between R22 000 and R25 000 from a dealership. Also note, the steering locks are not readily available in South Africa, so it may take up to 4 weeks to get your car working again. However, do not despair. At Michanic we have specialised auto electricians that are able to fix the issue for a fraction of the price.
While you might feel that everything is getting more complicated in modern vehicles, these complicated features have huge benefits for your cars’ security.
We at Michanic we have experienced Mercedes Benz mechanics who can identify the problem and solve it for you at the comfort of your home and reasonable prices. Our Mercedes Benz specialist are available in Gauteng, Cape Town, KZN and Emalahleni for your convenience
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