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Old 10-25-2004, 04:58 AM
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hot start problem S500 m119

Dear all,
The car start either cold or hot, when the car is sitting cold, it cranked but it sounds like the battery is very week, i am not sure if the problem of the weak battery, however, i let the car sit for 4 days and the car still able to start, (when turn to acc, all warning lights are bright and shine) the car start in 4-5 cranks, doesnt sound like cranking very strong thou

when the car is hot, the first crank is the nightmare, sounds like the car is dying, it takes about 1 second for the second crank and the car will start after 4-5 cranks.

does anyone has such experience b4? is the starter motor going south?

Also i would like to know how can i know if there is slow leak or low oil for the power steering? when i turn the wheel, it make a little "wowo" sound, it is noticeable when in the parking lot inside my car with windows up (the steering wheel does vibrate very little), cant hear anything when me step outside. my old E420 does make the same sound (very loud and noticeable) when the PSF is low


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Old 10-25-2004, 06:52 AM
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If the battery is bad eventually all you will hear is a clicking noise and the engine will not crank at all. I would get the battery tested as soon as possible and replace if necessary. A typical battery should last around five years in normal use.

It is very easy to check the power steering fluid level. Unscrew the cap from the reservoir and you should see a marker with two levels, one for 20 degrees C and one for 80 degrees C, check as appropriate. The power steering will increse in noise if held against the steering lock as the pump will be under more load.

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