In this automotive repair guide, we will tackle how to replace the power electronic module on a Mercedes- Benz S-Class. The repair consists of removing parts of the exhaust system to get access to the module and removing the electrical connectors and module itself. The parts for this repair will include a new module and some specialty tools may be required.
- Automotive lift or jack and jack stands.
- Ratchet wrench
- Drive socket extensions
- 10mm, 13 mm Sockets
- Flexible ratcheting wrench (7mm)
- Rubber electrical insulated gloves
- Hex bit and driver
- Torx bits
- Use a professional diagnostic scanner to disable the high voltage battery. Select Control Units then Battery Management System (BMS). Under the BMS unit you will find the option to disable the high voltage battery.
- Disconnect the negative terminal of the battery in the trunk using a 10mm socket.
- Remove the hybrid battery cover on the top left of the engine bay by the windshield cowl exposing the hybrid battery.
- Make sure to wear rubber electrical insulated gloves when doing any repair on a high voltage system. Disconnect the electrical connector from the hybrid battery.
- Use a ratchet and 10mm socket to unbolt the orange high voltage cable. Unplug the high voltage cable from the hybrid battery. Set it aside and make sure it doesn't come in contact with the battery. Lock or cover the contacts on the high voltage battery.
- Disconnect the O2 sensor electrical connectors.
- Remove the upper 13mm bolt on the exhaust header flange.
- Use a ratchet, extensions, and a 13mm socket to unbolt the lower bolt that secures the catalytic converter to the exhaust header flange. Use a 10mm ratchet and socket to unbolt the bracket mounted to the vehicle.
- Unbolt the clamp around the exhaust pipe and slide it over the joint.
- Remove the two 10mm nuts and bracket at the middle of the pipe.
- Pry the rubber exhaust hanger off the hanger attached to the vehicle and work the piece of exhaust out from under the vehicle. Set it aside.
- With a 7mm flexible ratcheting wrench unbolt the three bolts holding the heat shield around the exhaust headers. There are a couple of heatshields that need to be removed. The easiest way to remove the bolts that hold these shield is a to use a flexible ratcheting wrench.A copule of the bolts are easier to remove from above the engine. Remove the heatshields.
- For safety, remember to wear insulating gloves and locate the hybrid converter control module and make sure to remove the interlock circuit breaker with a hex bit on a driver.
- Remove the cooling hoses from the module with a pair of pliers and plug the hose with a bolt, extension, or plug to prevent coolant from leaking out. Note that you will loose a small amount of coolant. Draining the coolant is not necessary. Simply bend the hose to before removal to minimize coolant loos. Then plug the end of the hose and continue with the removal of the power electronic module. There are two hoses that need to be disconnected. One is the inlet and the other is the outlet hose. The power electronic inverter uses engine coolant to cool down.
- Unbolt the cooling hose elbow from the bottom of the module with a torx bit and remove it to get access to the bolts holding the electrical connectors.
- Unbolt the electrical connectors from the module and get them out of the way.
- You will now have access to the 4 bolts holding the converter module on the motor. Use a 13mm socket and ratchet to remove the 4 bolts from the module. Two can be accessed from the top and two from the bottom. One of the bolts will also hold the ground wire to the module.
- Pull the module down and unbolt the two 10mm nuts connecting the high voltage cable to the module. Pull the clip from the high voltage connector and unplug the cable from the module.
- Work the module down and out of the vehicle and remove it.
- Follow the procedure in reverse order to replace it with a new hybrid voltage converter control module.
My hybrid warning light is still on what do I do?
A professional OBDII scan tool will be needed to access the hybrid modules to clear the diagnostic trouble codes on the vehicle's computer. Alternatively, the vehicle can be taken to the dealer and for a fee, the computer will be reset and codes cleared.