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Car engine diagnostic services

Just wondered if any of you lovely people out there can help me. 

An amber warning light came up on the dashboard of my car on Saturday (Mercedes) and it appears to be the engine diagnostic service light. I've spoken to Mercedes & as the car is out of warranty (just) then I can take it anywhere to be checked out.

Anyone know of any good car service / engine diagnostic guys local to Swanley - or anyone mobile ones that come out to your home.  

many thanks

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  • Not sure but I wouldn’t drive it whilst the warning light is on if I were you. 
  • Maybe get a mobile mechanic with good reviews to take a look.
  • Could be something as simple as it's due a service. The handbook should give you an idea of what is wrong. 
  • Have PM'd you.
  • Have PM'd you.
    Thanks.

    Will give him a call.
  • Could be something as simple as it's due a service. The handbook should give you an idea of what is wrong. 
    Handbook just says it needs a diagnostic check. Not unsafe to drive but needs looking at asap.
  • It's worth getting a cheap(ish) reader.

    They are £30 or so and you can then google the code to get the explanation. My Audi started coming up with a warning about the emissions, but it wasn't actually a problem, just that with it being a diesel, after lots of short journeys, the particulate filter would flag.
    I just reset it now.
  • It's worth getting a cheap(ish) reader.

    They are £30 or so and you can then google the code to get the explanation. My Audi started coming up with a warning about the emissions, but it wasn't actually a problem, just that with it being a diesel, after lots of short journeys, the particulate filter would flag.
    I just reset it now.
    Was going to say the same thing. Most diagnostic readers connect to your phone via Bluetooth and tell you what the issue is.

    The readers also let you turn off the check engine light which can be a good way of finding out whether the issue is genuine (i.e. it'll come back if it is).
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  • Maybe get a mobile mechanic with good reviews to take a look.
    He wants his car fixed, not his iPhone 
  • edited July 14
    LoOkOuT said:
    Have PM'd you.
    Take a day off Batman.
    Batman always give (a) Robin a hand
  • As for buying a reader some of the cheap ones won't work with Mercedes. I've had one for 8 years and end Spanner / check engine light has come on a few times over the years. Never has it been anything serious. I've had a fault on a Cat sensor for exhaust go faulty and the most recent was that it decided to throw a fit as it didn't like the Kenwood aftermarket stereo fitted 2 years after fitting and so put a little light on. To read you need a Sepcialist Mercedes Star system and it is expensive. Usually cost £2000 for the toughbook and annual subs to keep updated. I paid £25 cash at a local Auto electrician to reset mine a few months ago. The main stealers JCT 6000 wanted 2 hours labour so about £200+
  • Just wondered if any of you lovely people out there can help me. 

    An amber warning light came up on the dashboard of my car on Saturday (Mercedes) and it appears to be the engine diagnostic service light. I've spoken to Mercedes & as the car is out of warranty (just) then I can take it anywhere to be checked out.

    Anyone know of any good car service / engine diagnostic guys local to Swanley - or anyone mobile ones that come out to your home.  

    many thanks
     Are you in the AA or such like. They can read these and advise. Have you g


    My car has had same. It was a cam shift sensor. Under guarantee though 
  • Thanks for all your help & suggestions. I have someone coming out to me on Friday. Will let you know the outcome then......
  • cafcfan said:
    Cafc43v3r said:
    That happened to me, I just took the bulb out and it's been fine since............ 
    You sound like my Dad. He always claimed there was nothing wrong with the car - just the warning light was faulty.

    I borrowed his Austin Princess one Christmas when my car was broken. Its throttle was jammed fully open. The only way to make any progress was to accelerate up to as fast as you could and then turn the engine off and coast back to normal speed and then turn the engine back on again. 

    I told him this when I got home feeling like a nervous wreck and all he said was, yeah, it's been like that for a couple of weeks.
    He lent you the motor, you got where you were going, and back.  What more do you want...... 
  • Could it be the park gates closing warning light?
    Doh !! Why didn't I think of that.
  • edited July 14
    It’s when the amber light flashes you have real problems. Everything else is non urgent. Could be the egr valve getting a little choked up. 
    You could try disconnecting the battery for an hour or so, things might reset, sometimes that works for a few weeks. 
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  • Probably something to do with the Flux Capacitor I reckon.
  • Probably something to do with the Flux Capacitor I reckon.
    I was thinking more inductor flange.
  • edited July 15
    Any chance its your Connection Rod that is bent? 🤐
  • bobmunro said:
    Probably something to do with the Flux Capacitor I reckon.
    I was thinking more inductor flange.
    Dirty boy!
  • FFS believe it of not, Mercedes transmission packed up today. Had to drive home 15 miles in first gear, where it seems to be stuck. Auto electrician tomorrow. Bloody technology. Much better with my 205's, Defender, or Maestro. Combined they're about as technologically advised as as stickle bricks. 
  • Yep, it can't break if it's not there 
  • And there's your lesson. Never buy an auto.
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