Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Broken Brake Light Switch (Intermittent)

I received the dreaded red light brake errors on my instrument cluster, so I was preparing for the worst (broken SBC computer). When I scanned for errors, fortunately it only showed a faulty brake light switch.

Partnr: 0015454009 / A0015454009

Reduced braking power! Start engine!
ESP Defective! Visit workshop!
Reduced braking power! Depress brake pedal fully!
MB iCarsoft v3.0: SBC Brake Light Switch error (C261E) / State: Historic Hydraulic Fault Or Brake Light Switch Faulty
Values with a lightly squeezed brake pedal
New brake light switch A0015454009 / 0015454009
Location of the brake light switch
New and old brake light switch




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Black Wiper Filler Cap (Pre Facelift W211)

I always hate the bright blue caps for the wiper fluid and when there is an OEM option to change it something better, I am all ears 🙂

I was notified that the pre-facelift W211 E-class had a nice black & yellow cap instead of the ugly blue one. I was able to source used / second hand one for cheap. Retouched the yellow with some yellow caliper paint I had laying around and presto!

Partnr: 2118600064 / PUM22268

Yuck!

Looks way better, don’t you agree?



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Photoshoot During Driveaholic.nl Review

At the end of the Driveaholic.nl review, we stopped somewhere to take some shots of my CLS55 (potentially to be used for the review).




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Featured On Driveaholic.nl

I met up with Chris from Driveaholic.nl a little while ago, as he was interested in a review of the CLS55 AMG. I could not refuse and was happy to oblige, as Chris is a talented writer.

Very happy with the article (it’s in Dutch) and had a great afternoon during the test 🙂

Driveaholic.nl – Rijtest: Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG (2005)




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, First Dragy 100-200km/u Measurement, 9.72s!

Met up with Chris van Driveaholic.nl. Chris brought his Dragy with him so it’s rude not to put it to use. Very nice 100-200km/u run on the autobahn in Germany, with an excellent result; 9,72 seconds for a stock car!

Considering it was measured with 2 people in the car, around 75% fuel in the tank and EURO RON95 petrol (instead of RON98 or Aral RON102).

Safe to say that my CLS55 is quite healthy 😉 And very happy with this baseline. On to the next dragy runs!




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Original Gates Serpentine Belt 1139970292 6K2449

Replaced the Contitech 6K2445 serpentine belt with an original Gates belt and was very surprised to see the actual difference. The ribs of the OE Gates belt are significantly thicker than the Contitech (Continental), something I did not expect to see.

Even though it’s way more expensive than the Contitech (about 70 euro vs 20 euro), I’m happy that I have chosen the Original OE option.

Partnr: 1139970292 6K2449




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, SL65 AMG Grille

Replaced the original CLS55 AMG 3 louvre grille with a single louvre Mercedes SL65 AMG type of grille. I didn’t expect the grille to make such a difference in looks. Very happy with the outcome!

The stock 3 louvre CLS55 grille (it also had a hole)
The 1 louvre SL65 AMG type grille, looks way more modern and ties in better with the lower grille




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Quick Charge USB Ports & Volt Gauge

Replaced the volt gauge and normal USB ports for another one with Quick Charge USB ports, which makes them a bit more usable for me.




Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Replacing The Crankshaft Double Pulley

After a incident in the garage, I had the idea that the crank pulley had a slight wobble. As these pulleys are known to separate (after a long period), I didnt feel comfortable with the car and made the decision to get this replaced.

Off course, its not a cheap item to replace, as this is an AMG specific item (2 belts running of the crank pulley, 1 for the accessory belt (6 ribs) and 1 for the supercharger (8 ribs)).

I went to Mercedes specialist Ralph Eidams in Brunssum where they were able to replace it within the hour, keeping down costs on labour. Even though it probably wasn’t necessary, I ultimately did it for peace of mind. I also let them replace the front main axle seal (krukaskeerring).

Partnr crankshaft pulley: A1130300103

Partnr crankshaft pulley bolt: 0009900200

Partnr front main seal: A0239978447

Ralph Eidams: https://www.ralpheidamsmercedes.nl/

CLS55 on the 2 post ramp

Old crankshaft pulley out
New crankshaft pulley in place!



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Porsche Edition Lifehammer Evolution

Was able to buy some Lifehammer Evolutions from the Porsche Webshop, for about half the price of current retail prices (€9 euro instead of +- €20 euro). Also they come in sleek grey instead of bright orange, which fits the CLS interior better.

I bought 3 of them (2 for the CLS, 1 for our VW Lupo).

Link to Porsche webshop: Lifehammer Evolution – Porsche Webshop

3x Lifehammer Evolution + Pro Adapter
Lifehammer Evolution mounted in the CLS55
Lifehammer (normal edition)