Hi guys, thanks for your help so far. I wanted to clarify the sound it makes, as I assume this might eliminate certain possible electric a problems. The sound is sort of a fast highish pitched grinding type. sort of. Anyway, it's not a click, and continues for as long as I hold the key in the start position. Does this rule out certain electrical possibilities and point to other, more expensive repairs? I wont be doing the repairs myself, but since I don't know any mechanics in the area, I want to go in knowing a thing or two. Also can anyone else vouch for or against buying a remanufactured Bosch starter from wrenchhead.com for $130. Is that to cheap to trust? Thanks again.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Jeff300TD:
I fear for my starter. Or I guess my wallet. 5 months ago I bought a 1985 300TD with 360,000miles. Shortly after that, on a long, highway trip, I stopped at a McDonnalds, and the car didn't want to restart. No sound or turnover, just dead. After calling the 800 line, and "jiggling the wire harness", and turning the key quckly on and off 75 times or so, it started. The problem has never repeated itself. But now there is something new. Tried to start it the other day and got an unpleasent ckkkeeckk sound. and no start. worried some, tried again, same sound. worried more, played with shifter, in and out of park, then tried again and it started. This has happend about 3 more times. Sometimes it starts without a fuss, but I'm avoiding driving it. I don't have a mechanic I trust here yet, so I really need some advice. Such as, what are the possibilities, what should I check ( or rather a mechanic, since I don't know squat) and if it is the starter, what is a fair price for the part and labor. And where can I get a rebuilt one. This new and clueless Benz owner greatly appreciates your help, as well as any shop recommendations for upstate NY. Way upstate.