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Old 12-04-2009, 09:17 PM
J. M. van Swaay J. M. van Swaay is offline
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Location: St. Louis Missouri
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1977 450SL starter cable?

1977 450SL 78,000 miles.

No start--no crank. Solenoid clicks, lights work, battery crank capacity checks good, connections good, starter looks like it was recently replaced.

This car has been sitting a while--started successfully one month ago to move out of garage, now above symptoms present.

My (limited) experience tells me that a clicking solenoid is usually the result of not enough current flow reaching the starter. This car has a lot of rust/corosion on the undercarriage, is it possible that the cable that connects the starter to the battery in the trunk is coroded somewhere? Is this possibly a "common problem" on this make and model? If so, where should I start looking for the defective section of cable?


J. M. van Swaay
1994 E320 Wagon, 230,000 miles
1995 E320 Sedan, 106,000 miles
1994 E500 Sedan, 79,000 miles
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