testing mercedes air suspension compressor

Mercedes-Benz Test Air Suspension Compressor

If your Mercedes is equipped with an Airmatic suspension system and suddenly you feel that your car sits lower than usual, you probably have a faulty air suspension compressor. This guide provides instructions on how to diagnose a Mercedes Benz’s Airmatic (suspension) compressor.

What you will need


One of the symptoms of a bad airmatic suspension compressor is the unusually low height of your car on all four wheels. The problem may not always be the air compressor, but you have to isolate the air compressor first.


  1. Get a hold of a professional scanner.
  2. Park the car on a flat surface and set your parking brake on.
  3. Locate the OBD-II port. To find the OBD-II port, open the driver’s side door and look under the dash; you will find it next to the red hood release lever.
  4. Pull the cover down and plug in your OBD-II scanner.
  5. Shift the vehicle into the park. In some models, you have to start the engine so that the air suspension module would go online. On other models, turning the ignition on would suffice.
  6. Depending on the scanner, you may need to choose the make of the car, navigate to the system menu, go to chassis, then suspension. The most important step is to read the suspension fault codes.
  7. If the scanner reports an error similar to “Recovery time to fill a central reservoir is too long,” the code’s status is current or current and stored. Then the problem is that the air compressor is working too hard to fill the central air reservoir with a recommended pressure of 13-16 bar.
  8. To verify if the compressor is faulty, again, depending on the scanner, there would be some other menu before you could get to the Pneumatic Test. In the Pneumatic Test, choose Airmatic Control Unit. This command will open the Airmatic relief valve on the air compressor for forty seconds to release air from the suspension. The compressor will turn on for forty seconds while the pressure sensor measures the air pressure. If the compressor fails to fill the tank with 16 bars within forty seconds, then the fault will be stored again, and definitely, your air compressor has a problem and needs replacement.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a central airmatic reservoir?

The central reservoir is a metal pressure vessel that stores compressed air at 13-16 bars and levels the vehicle. This tank is incorporated to reduce the dependency on the air compressor and to reduce noise. The tank is most commonly used to level the vehicle when opening the door or trunk.

What are the components of the Airmatic suspension system?

Airmatic Control Module
Instrument Cluster
Level and Damping Control Switch
Level Sensors
Valve Block Assembly
Main Reservoir
Strut & Damper Assembly
Air Springs
Rear Axle Distribution Block

What is the lifespan of a Mercedes Benz Airmatic compressor?

You have to replace it every 125,000 miles.

Vehicle Applications

Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W211)

  • E500: Model years 2003-2006
  • E550: Model years 2007-2009
  • E55: Model years 2003-2006
  • E63: Model years 2007-2009

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (W219)

  • CLS500: Model year 2006
  • CLS55: Model year 2006
  • CLS550: Model years 2007-2011
  • CLS63: Model years 2007-2011

We hope you find the Mercedes-Benz Test Air Suspension Compressor guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Mercedes-Benz.


  • Rushit Hila • ASE Certified

    Rushit Hila, an ASE-certified engineer (G1 Automotive Maintenance and Repair), brings over two decades of hands-on experience in the automotive world to his writing. With a strong educational background, including a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, he has honed his skills and expertise through years of practical work. As a respected authority in the field, Mr. Hila is dedicated to offering insightful and valuable content that resonates with both vehicle owners and mechanics.

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *