Turn signal switch - CLK430

In an earlier post this morning regarding buying extended warranties I wrote "Personally I'd prefer to hang on to my money 'til the failure actually
occurs - if it occurs. Then I'll pay."
Well, I may have an opportunity to do that now on my 2002 AMG.
Last night as I was coming home from shopping I had to flash my hi-beams several times at an old lady who was turning in front of me while talking on her cell phone at the same time. She stopped and blocked an intersection for no reason at all. She must have been having a very pleasant conversation and forgot she was driving.
Whatever.
At any rate I flashed my lights at her and she woke up and moved. Glaring at me all the while like I was some sort of bad guy.
After she cleared the intersection I proceeded onward and discovered my left blinker was on. I reached over and moved the lever up one click and the left blinker stopped but the right blinker started flashing. That didn't seem right. The lever should have been in the middle, neutral position. I checked it again and it was in the top position which indicated that it was in the correct position for the RH blinkers so I moved it back down one notch to the center position and the LH blinker immediately started blinking again.
Anybody ever heard of this?
This car has given me almost no problems at all in 90,000 miles but maybe now is my chance to P & M about what a crummy car it is.
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Okay now I know how much it'll cost to replace the switch. I've got a copy of the Repair Order in my hand marked "Paid".
Labor was $195.81 USD and parts came to $98.28 for a grand total of $301.71 including $7.62 sales tax (7-3/4% on parts only).
But down at the bottom of the page I spied the following alarming note:
ALL WHEELS ARE BENT!!!! ON INSIDE BEADS CAUSING A BAD VIBRATION THROUGH THE CAR WHEN DRIVING (frankly I hadn't noticed that but maybe my butt is numb). It goes on to say the car is unsafe to drive.
Geeminy X-Mas! I've never heard of anything like that for a car that's never been damaged in any way or "curbed". There are no scratches visible on any of my AMG wheels.
Now I'm wondering how bad this could be --- monetarily.
The earlier conversation about extended warranties wouldn't save me on this one unless somebody could prove the wheels have been faulty from the get-go and I don't know how you prove a thing like that.
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Remember that railroad track your navigation system took you down?
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Duh. Yeah that thing has taken me on a couple of "adventures". :o)
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I made a feverish call back to the Service Writer this afternoon after posting the above, demanding an explanation.
He told me the service tech (why don't they call them mechanics anymore) was a perfectionist and even Armoralled the rubber tires on his toolbox. The guy covers his car every day he comes to work and is apt to think anything that's not perfect is unacceptable. He said if I'm not bothered by any vibrations to not even worry about it.
Case closed.
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IMO the dealer should be reported to the consumer protection agency. If you had not known enough to challenge him he would have gladly charged you a great deal to replace all the wheels, tires and God knows whatever more for no reason whatsoever.
It reminds me of the Chevy dealer who told me my shocks were bad and that he knew I didn't want to "risk the lives of my family" by driving them around on these dangerous shocks. I drove that car another 60000 miles on those same shocks without any problems.
Normally I never buy repair insurance for anything, however, I bought the insurance package for both of my MB's ($1000 each for the insurance for a 1997 and a 1999) each of which I bought used from my local dealer. I had numerous problems with each car and got my money back many times. The insurance ran out at 100,000 miles and I've had no problems since then. YMMV. I think the newer models have fewer problems.
I can't imagine paying $4000 for repair insurance which supplements the new car warranty. I thought that the new car warranty was supposed to cover unreasonable repairs for several years/miles.
EJ in NJ
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