2003 Mercedes G500 – Power Headrest Repair – Pawlik Automotive

2003 Mercedes G500 – Power Headrest Repair - Pawlik Automotive
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What was happening with this G wagon?
What was involved with repairing this issue?
And what did you find when you opened up the unit?
Are these bad solder joints a common problem in cars?
How are the G wagons?

Mark: Hi it’s Mark from Top Local Lead Generation we’re here with Mr. Bernie Pawlik of the award winning Pawlik Automotive in Vancouver, BC. How’re you doing today Bernie?

Bernie: I’m doing very well

Mark: So we’re talking about a 2003 tank, oh I’m sorry a Mercedes G500 and a power headrest repair – what was happening with this G wagon?

Bernie: Well a couple of things – it was brought in for a few things but specifically what we’re going to talk about today is the power headrest on both front seats were not operating.

Mark: So what was involved with repairing that issue?

Bernie: Well there’s two things, first being a Mercedes everything is electronic, it’s all extremely complex, we connected our scan tool to the vehicle and there’s an electronic module, believe it or not, for your power headrests. So we looked at it and for the passenger side it basically lost it’s programming so we were able to reprogram – it’s call initializing or adaptation – whichever term Mercedes uses, but we basically just reprogrammed it and the headrest started working which is great. On the drivers side however, there was some stored trouble codes and it involved some more complex repairs. So what we did was we accessed the headrest motor unit and took that apart, took that out and examined it for repairs.

Mark: So what did you find when you opened that up?

Bernie: Well, it was very interesting. What we found was that there were some broken solder joints; there is an electrical connector plug – the plug is basically soldered onto a circuit board and now where the plug is soldered onto the circuit board, the solder joints had cracked. It happens from time to time. We we were able to just simply re-solder using a soldering gun, re-solder the joints back to the board and away it goes. We put everything back together and the headrest works perfectly. Oh and by the way, we had to reinitialize that one as well but after that both headrests worked perfectly.

Mark: So are these bad solder joints a pretty common problem with there being so much electronics and the Red Boards and all kinds of stuff now on cars?

Bernie: You know we don’t see that problem too often, I’m almost happy when we do because it makes for a very reasonably priced repair for the customers. Something we can do simply and it does’t involve spending a lot of money on parts and it’s something we ca do quickly. We don’t see them very often anymore but over the history of time on cars, there has be quite a number of different common problems that happen due to solder joint problems. This issue with the G wagon headrests solder joints, this is not an uncommon issue by the way, it’s actually one of the more common causes of them failing. But we’ve had Honda’s where there’s a little problem with the circuit board on a relay and you just heat it up and fix the solder joint and it’s good for another 200,000 kms. We’ve seen quite a few years ago when engine computers were a little less, what I’m trying to say, when the electronics we’re quite so miniaturized, there sometimes you would find dry solder joints inside of those and we had to fix them. So from time to time we find it, it’s always I find, a gratifying repair for us and the customer.

Mark: So what’s your opinion on the new wagon?

Bernie: Great vehicle. You initionally said it was a Mercedes tank and you’re kind of right about that, these things are rather tank like. They’re very expensive. It’s amazing how well they hold their value, so if you want to be able to drive a sport utility vehicle that holds it’s value, this is a good one to buy. But they cost a lot to buy, this used one is selling for ,000 dollars for a 2003. Low mileage, immaculate condition, but that’s a lot of money for a 2003 vehicle. There are a lot of really fancy models around, we see them around Vancouver and Richmond but are way, way way up there in price. So great vehicles, very reliable but being Mercedes and an European car, they are a little finicky but they’re very nice.

Mark: So there you have it, if you’re looking for repairs on your G500 in Vancouver, the guys to go see are Pawlik Automotive. You can reach them at 604-327-7112 or go to their website, tons of information on there – a few years of hangouts now – pawlikautomotive.com Thanks Bernie

Bernie: Thank Mark.

2003 Mercedes G500 – Power Headrest Repair – Pawlik Automotive
2003 Mercedes G500 – Power Headrest Repair
http://pawlikautomotive.com  (604) 327-7112

https://www.youtube.com/user/pawlikautorepair
https://plus.google.com/u/0/104437348234668995906/about

https://ca.linkedin.com/in/bernie-pawlik-97198811
https://www.facebook.com/Pawlik-Automotive-48773522512/
 
What was happening with this G wagon?
What was involved with repairing this issue?
And what did you find when you opened up the unit?
Are these bad solder joints a common problem in cars?
How are the G wagons?

2003 Mercedes G500 – Power Headrest Repair