1999 Mercedes Benz ML320 Not working

Tiny
OU1954
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  • 1999 MERCEDES BENZ ML320
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 35,000 MILES
The compressor clutch does come on when the car is started but no switch or temperature settings will cause the compressor to run.

The fuses are all good. My guess is that it is related to a switch or temp sensor, but I really have no idea where to start.

I have, in the past, been successful in doing a complete repair of the console to fix a window switch so with the proper instructions I could probably do anything that does not reqire dealing with the refigerant.

If I should just take it to a shop please let me know.
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Friday, May 15th, 2009 AT 6:32 PM

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Tiny
JACK42
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I have forwarded your question to our M/B tech. He will be with you shortly, thank you for your patience
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Saturday, May 16th, 2009 AT 8:53 AM
Tiny
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First I would like to clarify the issue with you. I am reading this as the compressor clutch does not engage when you send a request via the AC pushbutton unit in the vehicle? The pushbutton control unit in this model is common to replace for just such an issue, especially if the compressor clutch is engaging at start up (when it performs system checks). A pushbutton unit is something that will need to be replaced at the dealer. Also a leak in the AC system will also cause this condition. On the passanger side of the motor you will find two AC lines (high side and low side). There will be black service caps on these two lines. Remove one of the caps and with a small screw driver lightly press on the valve under the cap. Be careful to have your head out of the way as a high pressure spray of freon will come out and will be visible. If no freon comes out of the valve you have an empty ac system and more than likely a leak. Finally the AC pressure sensor may also cause this as when it fails it sends the wrong pressure values of the AC system to the AC control unit. This will cause a inoperable condition of the AC system and will keep the compressor from running. The pressure sensor is located on the the receiver dryer and does require discharge of the AC system to replace (receiver dryer will also have to be replaced). Of the three posibilities listed above: failed AC pushbutton unit, AC system leak, or AC pressure sensor all will require either discharge of the system or in the case of the pushbutton, coding to the vehicle. Unfortunately none of these will be something you can do at home. Finally in regards to the temp sensor, this would not cause this issue as the temp sensor on this system is mounted to the evaporator and monitors evaporator temp to prevent freezing of the evap. This would cause a cut out condition not a inoperable condition.
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Saturday, May 16th, 2009 AT 10:38 AM
Tiny
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You clarified that the compresser runs for a couple of seconds when the car is started. I wasn't sure about that.

In any case, I finally found one Schrader type valve on the passenger side, pressed it gently and got nothing. Then I pressed it all the way in and there is no coolant it seems.

The A/C was not used all winter so it would seem that the coolant leaked out over that span of time.

I only found one valve but that's O.K. I was able to trace the tubes from the compressor, one seems to go straight back to the firewall and across to the passenger side. The other one seems to first go through a coolant loop in the radiator before going to the firewall and across. Could be the Transmission Coolant loop but this car has so much junk on top of the tubes that I really didn't want to trace them because by then I had found no pressure in the system.

I think I will go to a regular automotive A/C shop, not to MB where I know the costs would be out of this world.

I also note that the Check Engine light is on, although I turned it off yesterday with my autoenginuity test system.

I don't know whether A/C problems would trigger that light, will check later because it is a big process to get the computer to the car and get the connector plugged in, get power to the computer, etc.

I do recall yesterday, when I reset the lights that there were a couple of lights related to traction control that I reset, after downloading the reasons they might be on. No reasons were listed. My software doesn't cover everything in MB products.

Anyhow, regardless of any other problems it's clear that we need A/C service. Just can't wait for that bill.

I'll probably contact the autoenginuity guy to see whether a lack of A/C fluid would trigger the check engine light. Sort of doubt it but if not then I have more work to do.

Thanks,

DAW
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Saturday, May 16th, 2009 AT 7:04 PM

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