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2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display

Started this discussion. Last reply by Frédéric Chamberland Jan 28. 38 Replies

As I pulled into my garage tonight the dash display read "Brake Failure - Workshop" just as I parked it. I turned the car back on and it displayed it again just as I put it in gear. The breaks did…Continue

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Battery Lease unit spec.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kamaal Nov 14, 2013. 1 Reply

Howdy folks,Something has been bothering me for a few days and i just need to get it out. Why is it that all the sales literature talks about the battery spec in kWh yet the battery lease agreement…Continue

 

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Frédéric Chamberland replied to Jonathan Gourd's discussion 2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display
"Hi all, I just got my ED back from Mercedes dealer : I have experienced the exact same problem as everyone else : corrosion on the contacts to the vacuum pump. The dealer replaced the parts and made some design change: "PERFORMED A SMALL HOLE…"
Jan 28
jwight replied to Jonathan Gourd's discussion 2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display
"First step would be to report the failures to the NHTSA folks. "
Jan 23
Manfred Kopisch replied to Jonathan Gourd's discussion 2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display
"Great to hear that you - like Jonathan - got this repaired under warranty! Too bad they made me pay almost $400 for repairing/exchanging the corroded parts. The main question though is the one of safety. How come these parts corrode? Moisture seems…"
Jan 23
Frédéric Chamberland replied to Jonathan Gourd's discussion 2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display
"Ok, dealer found some corrosion on vacuum pump connectors. Waiting for parts.  All under warranty . Strangest thing is they found no water/humidity where the connectors are located. They are going to replace them , I asked if they were…"
Jan 23
Jonathan Gourd replied to Jonathan Gourd's discussion 2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display
"There is when this failure occurs. Otherwise I would have hit the back of my garage."
Jan 22
jwight replied to Jonathan Gourd's discussion 2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display
"There is a brake force vacuum pump listed under fuses in the owners manual.  However, as on the ICE cars, even if the power brake booster fails there should be hydraulic braking available.  "
Jan 21
Jonathan Gourd replied to Jonathan Gourd's discussion 2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display
"Think about it. There is probably an electric pump for the brakes."
Jan 21
jwight replied to Jonathan Gourd's discussion 2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display
"Would be interested to hear how this is resolved.  Are the brakes (other than regen) different than the ICE cars? If you look on SCoA you'll find several threads on the ICE cars being immobilized when/if the brake lights switch (located…"
Jan 21
Jonathan Gourd replied to Jonathan Gourd's discussion 2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display
"My dealer covered it."
Jan 21
Manfred Kopisch replied to Jonathan Gourd's discussion 2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display
"Hi Frederic, I had my Smart for 7 months when that happened. Mercedes was relentless in claiming that this would not be a warranty issue. There was never any visible water we could see. It just accumulates down there and due to Mercedes's…"
Jan 21
Frédéric Chamberland replied to Jonathan Gourd's discussion 2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display
"Hi Manfred, I would be outraged to have a 400$ bill after having that car for less than 6 months. I live in Canada, where the warranty is probably different than in the US. We'll see about that. Regarding the water damage, no one here flooded…"
Jan 20
Manfred Kopisch replied to Jonathan Gourd's discussion 2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display
"Frederic, I'm glad nothing happened to you. I remember how scary it was when my Smart wouldn't brake due to this mis-design. Please let us know whether your Mercedes dealer also identifies accumulated water under the passenger foot mat…"
Jan 20
Frédéric Chamberland replied to Jonathan Gourd's discussion 2013 Electric Drive "Brake Failure" display
"Ok,  Same story here, Smart ED bought in July (2014). Lots of snow mixed with rain the last couple of days. I use the car in the morning, no problem. Take it out for another ride in the afternoon; I pull out of the driveway, lights come up in…"
Jan 20
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