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Old 03-06-2003, 12:12 AM
JimSmith JimSmith is offline
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Woolwich, Maine
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If the connections under the hood to the glow plugs and relay, which you have already checked once recently are still good, then the only ones left are the light switch and the key start/glow switch. I would look at the stuff under the hood carefully and make sure there are no cracked or damaged wires that make intermittent contact. Stuff inside the insulation at or near the crimps to the connectors is where I would focus my attention for the moment.


Yes, the most reliable way to start one of these in dead of Winter is to pop the clutch. My daughter learned to park hers facing down hill when the starter was shot. She could start the car in less than a car length on a warm day. Good luck, Jim
1986 Euro 190E 2.3-16 (291,000 miles),
1998 E300D TurboDiesel, 231,000 miles -purchased with 45,000,
1988 300E 5-speed 252,000 miles,
1983 240D 4-speed, purchased w/136,000, now with 222,000 miles.
2009 ML320CDI Bluetec, 89,000 miles

1971 220D (250,000 miles plus, sold to father-in-law),
1975 240D (245,000 miles - died of body rot),
1991 350SD (176,560 miles, weakest Benz I have owned),
1999 C230 Sport (45,400 miles),
1982 240D (321,000 miles, put to sleep)
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