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Old 10-20-2002, 10:03 PM
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190E 2.3/5-spd Won't Crank

Hello all. I am new to the 190E and am having problems with the starter on our rally car, which is an '84 190E with 2.3 liter 8-valve engine and 5-speed manual transmission. The battery is new and fully charged and everything was working fine, but when I went out one morning to start the car it would not crank. The electrics seem fine and the key turns perfectly, but when it gets to the "start" position there is a loud thunking sound that seems like a solenoid pulling in very strongly, but no cranking. Is there a fuse or relay in the starter circuit that I can check, or has the starter gone TU? Also, it looks like a real pain to get the starter in/out. Any suggestions on how to go about it if the starter is indeed kaput? Thanks in advance for your help.

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Rob Fini
Silverphile Bleifuss Motorsports
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