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1994. MBz, s600. v-12. ASR. dashboard light.

The ASR dash light comes on and the car loses power by half, they call it limp home mode. What is the cause of this and how can I fix this? Help.!

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  • nickel_eric Feb 15, 2009

    I have the same problem I need to replace the throttle module and cant seem to find this unit for a european s600 part number 140 545 7423 can anyone help meeee



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The ASR (acceleration slip regulation) light is for the ETA (electronic throttle actuator) it is a mysterious beast that controls throttle placement. I would say that you have one of two problems. Either the interior insulation of the wiring of the ETA is is crumbling or the wiring harness is disintegrating. Either fix isn't cheap although if I had to pick one I'd pick the wiring harness. It's about a third of an ETA. In short check he wiring to the ETA, look for damage or water intrusion, if nothing is found you will have to replace the ETA control.
For two years I lived with the the ASR light coming on shortly after starting the car and had to either continue driving it in the limp home mode, or stop the car to restart it to regain normal engine operation with the ASR light out. Finally, it got so bad I simply took a chance, after discussing the problem with a reputable local indie, and bought a rebuilt ETA from Potomac German Auto and put it in. The part had a one year warranty with it and was about half the cost of a new unit from MB. There are other companies out there that rebuild these units as well. At any rate the ASR problem went away. To give you a reference point, my car had about 156,000 miles on it when I did this repair. That may or may not be significant to your situation, and I probably should have corrected this problem well before I did, but I didn't.

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SOURCE: 1994. MBz, s600. v-12. ASR. dashboard light.

To make sure the problem will be solved, you have to replace left and right ETA's and engine wiring harnes.I had the same problem with my 1994 S600. expensive.Mercedes had wiring problems on all models from 1992- 1996 (insulation on wires would crack,and wires would short circut).

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You should not have an OVP relay. Few things to check. Find your computer for the ASR and see if the fuse is blown on it. Also make sure there is slack in the accelerator cable, if it is snug it will initiate a limp home mode. Also replace all barrel fuses with copper ended fuses and clean corrosion out of the fuse box. When you find the ASR module if the fuse is good in it and with all that does not reset it, replace module and check rear end sensor and front wheel speed sensors.

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In the 1990's the ASR system was introduced into Mercedes Benz. Traction control was a great feature but now these systems are aging and giving people hard times with the "limp home mode".

First is a simple check. Sometimes the accelerator cable becomes bound or tight. As holding the gas pedal down from the hood while starting will initiate the ASR limp home mode condition back off the adjustment to put just a little slack in the cable. This will allow no tension at start up and allow light not to come on. Lubrication of the cable is a great idea at this age also.

There is also a speed sensor on the front drivers wheel behind the hub that should be removed and cleaned to provide accurate wheel speed and let the system operate correctly. Also in most MB's of thiese years there is another sensor in the rear end that reads rear axle speeds for proper traction control. This unit is better replaced than cleaned due to the high use and heat from exhaust and milage involved.

If you have been to push the gas pedal to start your car there are other issues involved than ASR and you should look into your ignition parts or fuel delivery system.

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