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Mercedes ml270 cdi, ESP & BRAKE PAD/DISC lights coming on, car loses power, then wont come out of park & go into gear, brake bulbs have gone out aswel

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    MERCEDES ml270 CDI, EPC & BRAKE PAD/DISC LIGHTS COMING ON DASH, CAR LOSES POWER, THEN ONCE IN PARK, CAR WONT GO INTO GEAR, ALL BRAKE BULBS HAVE GONE OUT ASWEL ( TWICE NOW )

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Sounds like something is shorting out the engine can bus when driving over a bump,or around a corner. look for chafed green and gree/white wires. also check all grounds under hood and the ones hidden in the pass side kick area- where the colored plastic is not the carpet. these have been known to cause some weird stuff.

Scanned the PCM and Brake module to know if some fault code is stored there.

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Sounds to be a elec. short and shorting out your ECM. good luck

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I have a 2000 Mercedes E430 base sedan. Last week I replaced the brake light switch because it was out and it solved the problem to the point that I can now put my car into gear and drive it, however, as...


Brake light switch problem may cause the ESP / BAS lights to illuminate.

Common symptoms of a bad
Mercedes brake light switch.
  • Car stuck in Park.
  • ABS ESP ETS lights come on.
  • Can not move the shifter from Park to Drive.
  • Brakes Defective Warning on Instrument Cluster
  • Car won't shift gears. Stuck in 2nd gear, limp mode.
  • Brake lights don't work. (Brake light switch can still be defective even if the brake lights work. Checking the brake light operation is not a good test.)
  • ESP, BAS, ABS lights turn on. Car won't shift properly. Stuck in gear.


TEST: To test your new brake light switch: Turn you car off to reset the ABS light. apply the parking brake. and start the car in neutral or park without using the brake. if the problem is the brake light switch... the light will only come on when you press the brake pedal.

If you replaced the brake light switch and the light is still on you should check a few other things such as:

  • Fuses and Relays
  • ABS pump
  • ABS wheel speed sensor
  • Brake Fluid Level
  • Get an advanced scanner to read trouble codes.


NOTE: ** You may need a MBZ scan tool to reset the error code which was stored in the ECU because of the bad brake light switch.

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Hi,

To my understanding:
BAS ESP - Electronic Stability Program (keeps you moving in the direction you intended the vehicle to go); probably a faulty brake switch or a bad brake sensor. You may want to reference this forum for additional insights;
ETS - Electronic Traction System (keeps you moving); would require an appropriate code reader to diagnose and pinpoint problem.Surprisingly, there has been some reports of defective brake pedal switch that activates this warning. You may lilkewise want to reference this forum for additional insights.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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