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Old 11-20-2010, 11:41 AM
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Push started my 2.2 190d 5 spd,have questions

Houston ,WE HAVE A PROBLEM -Starter went Kaput at work yesterday,thought it might be a battery until I tried jumping it with a buddies Dodge truck ,it and was still a no go for ignition.The solenoid is cheaper than buying the whole starter ,any good MB solenoid suppliers out there.Me and some co -workers got it push started after finding out yeh olde starter wasnt going for its last turn,thats why these standard MBs rule.Drove off without spinning a wrench.

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Old 11-20-2010, 07:54 PM
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No "Push Start" MB s (Too easy to Damage)

"Pull Start" (Tow "U" under front bumper)

Ask Lee at the Buy Parts tab above about the "Bendix".

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Old 11-20-2010, 10:50 PM
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it could still be just a battery.
few and far between are the jumper cables capable of starting our diesel engines with a dead battery in the mix.
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Old 11-21-2010, 04:18 AM
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Yes a starter r and r is a fair amunt of work. before doing that I would look carefully at all electrical connections for good contact. It would be a shame to r and r the starter, install a new solinoid and discover it did not solve the problem!

The starters do not last forever but they are extremely long lived. I have had over 30 old benzes (mostly with high miles) or so and cannot remember ever replacing a solinoid or a starter, though it is possible I did and forgot.
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Old 11-21-2010, 04:31 AM
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I have not had to replace the solinoid (bendix).
If its having trouble turning the car, chances are you have a bad battery or more likely a bad connection some where.
Clean all your connections first especially the earth strap.
Make sure it has a good battery & give it a try.
Jumper leads have never worked for me.
You would be better with a change over starter if the solinoid is bad, the rest of the starter will be on the way out.

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Old 11-22-2010, 02:50 PM
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Ive got it out after several extentions and doing the alot back walking ,what a PITA .Ill have it tested and find out whats up with yeh olde starter today.I thought the 300d had a tough settup getting to the starter bolts,these 190ds or almost impossible for that top bolt to get at.Im almost ready to take my 1" hole drill saw to make a access plug permanently.
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