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Old 09-07-2002, 10:10 PM
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Angry HELP!!! Cannot start the '85 500SEL

I would really appreciate someone's help....I did something really stupid!

I was trying to diganose a rough running problem when I pulled the fuel pump relay out of the socket while the engine was running. It ran for about two seconds and stopped. I expected that. What I did not expect was that when I plugged it back in, the car would not start.

I opened the relay and sure enough, a solder connection was broken. I repaired the break and expected that to be the problem.....you guessed it; it was not.

I loosened the main fuel line to see if the pump was working and it was (The garage still smells of gasoline). So I hooked up my timing light to check for the presence of a spark and got no strobe.

Now I am at my wits end. Is their any suggestions?

I know one - STAY OUT FROM UNDER THE HOOD!
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