Loss of power steering with the Mercedes Vito/V-Class, the bonnet may open with the Sprinter



Daimler currently has to take care of several major recalls. With the V-Class and Vito vans from the production period between 2013 to 2016, the aluminium screws of the power steering assist can corrode and lead to the loss of power steering assistance. According to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) 166,573 vehicles are affected worldwide, of which 74 634 are registered in Germany.

In the workshop, the aluminium screws are replaced with steel screws and the steering gear is waxed. The internal Mercedes recall code is “VS2SCHRALU (4694254).



The bonnet lock

With the new Sprinter (907), built until 12. 6. 2019, the screw connection of the bonnet lock may be faulty. As a result, the bonnet may open while driving. The problem affects both front and rear-wheel drive vans.

In the workshop, the torque of the screw is checked and if necessary, the missing screws are replaced. The remedy with the internal code “VS3HAUBOSS (8892252)” should take less than half an hour, said a Daimler spokesperson to the webpage autoservicepraxis.de. 52,004 vehicles are affected worldwide, of which 11,468 are registered in Germany.



The leaf springs

With the older Sprinter (906), the leaf springs on the rear axle may break under certain conditions. As a result, the wheel alignment of the rear axle may be affected, increasing the risk of an accident. This recall affects 5,972 units worldwide.

In the workshop, the leaf springs on the rear axle are checked and if necessary, the springs are replaced. The remedy should last a maximum of two hours. The internal code, in this case, is VS3BLAFED (3291090).

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Roman Beránek

Czech independent motoring journalist, ex-editor of CNC's Auto.cz website, former host of the Czech Radio's and CzechTV's "Automotorevue" show. He founded the car-recalls.eu website in 2016 to make car owners better informed and to help to improve road safety.

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