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Old 06-22-2008, 11:24 AM
kerry kerry is offline
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You should be jumping terminal one and three so even if installed backwards, you should have been jumping the right terminals.(I just looked closely at Craig's picture and it is NOT of the terminals that I have been jumping) Drive as usual. This problem is often dirty contacts in the ignition switch. Some people have installed a solenoid switch in the circuit to assure that full current is going to the starter.

My 85 TD goes thru periods when it does this. Often it is in cold weather. Sometimes it will do it once and then stop. Sometimes it does it two or three times a day. But afterwards it will start for months on end with no problems whatsoever. This has been happening for about 5 years. That's why I carry the piece of wire to jump the terminals. I bought a replacement starter the first time it happened but I have never installed it. There is a thread on the forum which describes how to clean the contacts in the ignition switch.
1977 300d 70k--sold 08
1985 300TD 185k+
1984 307d 126k--sold 8/03
1985 409d 65k--sold 06
1984 300SD 315k--daughter's car
1979 300SD 122k--sold 2/11
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