20 Feb, 11

Mercedes Sensotronic brake-by-wire SBC ABS Pump System Failures

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Mercedes Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC) ABS PumpSensotronic Brake Control (SBC) ABS pump systems are commonly found on higher end Mercedes such as the E-Class, SL & CL Class, CLS etc.. the SBC Sensotronic ABS pump is a brake-by-wire system and Mercedes Benz were one of the first vehicle manufacturing companies to apply this system to cars.

How It Works
The Brake-By-Wire Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC) system is quite different to the conventional hydraulic abs braking system because it doesn’t have a brake servo at the reservoir to start with and the brake pedal is connected to the ECU by wire. The sensors on the brake pedal offer a way of communication, telling the on-board computer how the brake pedal was pressed, how hard it was pressed & how quickly it was pressed etc. The computer then calculates the required pressure and activates the braking system producing braking force at each wheel via modulators.

The problem with Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC) ABS Pump Braking Systems
The Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC) ABS Pump has a service life (also known as a life expectancy) programmed into the control module which works off the number of brake actuations. Once this limit has been reached, the Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC) light may illuminate on the dash or a brake related warning may appear on the trip computer. Once this happens, the Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC) system is de-activated and the hydraulic braking function mode is activated whereby limited braking pressure is applied to the front brakes thus increasing the braking distance.

When the Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC) ABS pump fails, you are led to believe that the unit will require replacing and in some cases (depending on the vehicle application) it can cost up to £2500-3000 for a replacement unit (+Labour, Programming & VAT).

Connected to the STAR diagnostic system, the fault code C2498 will show the fault code description “Service Threshold Reached” as a current & stored fault code. This code cannot be erased without replacing the system.

Common Part Numbers:

Mercedes Part Number – 005 431 0012
Mercedes Part Number – 005 431 0612
Mercedes Part Number –  005 431 3412
Mercedes Part Number –  005 431 7112

Bosch Part Number – 0265 250 067
Bosch Part Number – 0265 250 065
Bosch Part Number – 0265 250 077
Bosch Part Number – 0265 250 092
Bosch Part Number – 0265 960 025
Bosch Part Number – 0265 960 012
Bosch Part NUmber – 0265 960 019

How Can Sinspeed Help Reduce This Cost & Fix The Problem?
Rather than replacing the unit with an expensive new part or even replacing with a second hand part (just waiting for it to fail).. we can remanufacture your existing unit and reprogram the Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC) control module to increase the service life expectancy of the unit. This is becoming a very common problem and we’re able to carry out full repairs to these units and offer a very competitive fitting rate.

For more information & a quote, call us today on 0871 2887 666.

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146 thoughts on “Mercedes Sensotronic brake-by-wire SBC ABS Pump System Failures
  • have mercedes 320 2003..whit waring breakeservice .haw much is gone cost to get my unit remanufacture and haw long u need for that. Thanks

    • Hello Radu

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      We have sent over an email now for some further information regarding the problems you are experiencing with your Mercedes SBC pump. Once we have received a response we will then be able to quote you accordingly.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • hi. pump number: 0265960029
    I got the white message, breackservice.visit workshop. thanks

    • Hello Radu,

      Thanks for the enquiry.

      We’ve sent over an email now for some further information. If you can reply to the email we will then be able to provide a more accurate quote.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • Hi i have an e270cdi 2003 model, the dashboard has gone red with visit workshop, i’ve been told the its the eCU SBC pump, Bosch 0265 960 018 , ID0126033375, how much would it cost to get this repaired?

    thanks

    • Hello Khuram,

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve sent you an email for further information regarding the SBC unit before quoting you. If you can please reply to the email, we will then be able to get back to you with a more accurate quote.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • Hello, what information do you require to be able to give me a quote on getting this resolved on my 2003 Mercedes E class?

    • Hello Carl,

      Thanks for the enquiry and many apologies for the delay in getting back to you.

      We’ve sent over an email now for some further information regarding the faults you are experiencing with your SBC unit. If you can please reply to the email, we will then be able to get back to you with a more accurate quote.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • Hi there
    I think my sbc pump is on the way out, it played up today.
    Can you tell me how much it’ll cost for a Mercedes e240, 05 plate. Thanks.

    • Hello Raf,

      Thanks for the enquiry and many apologies for the delay in our response.

      We’ve sent over an email now for some further information. If you can reply to the email we will then be able to provide a more accurate quote.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • I have a 2004 320 E auto. The red warning on the dashboard only comes up when I press the brakes going downhill. this came up after the discs and pads were replaced at 87,000 km. sometimes on the flat when I go into a parking lot and wait for the ticket, the whole aBS system lights up and there is no brake pressure. I switch off the car, and everything clears. is he aBS Unit needs recalibrating and cleaning, or is it the sbs pump? I hear the SBS pump working all the time? I live in Hong Kong -= how much would it cost to exchange both pumps and the brake pedal switch ? Nick

    • Hi Nick

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve sent you an email with pricing to replace the SBC unit and the replacement will be a brand new genuine part with a Lifetime warranty.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • Hi,

    I have E320 2004 model.
    The break warning light came up while i was on journey but the light didn’t come up the next day.
    Everything seems fine now.

    What should I do?

    Regards,

    • Hi Samson

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      The SBC module would have hopefully stored a fault code in it’s historical memory. I would recommend taking the vehicle to a garage to have the fault codes read out, ideally with a STAR diagnostic system or equivalent. Equipped with the fault codes, finding and rectifying the fault will be a lot easier.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

    • Hi Abayomi

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve sent you an email with full information and pricing.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • hi. I have the same issue of w211 – 2005 – e220.
    It is showing sign “break – visit workshop”. Sbs pump is Causing this error. Can you please tell me the cost to repair this and hence getting rid of the Malfunction. Thanks

    • Hi Adnan

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We will require the 10-digit Bosch number from your SBC unit and just a little more information so that we can quote accurately for any repairs. We’ve sent you an email, if you can kindly respond with the requested details we can then analyse the information provided and come back to you with a quote for repair or replacement.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

    • Hi Michael

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve sent you an email requesting further information so that we can accurately quote for a repair and replacement.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

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