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Old 11-01-2004, 02:33 AM
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Red face Dead starter? 1990 560SEC

Hi,
I read through the posts for starters and didn't see this problem described:

A few months back the starter refused to turn over. There was no warning, just one day it stopped. I checked the gear position and the normal issues, and then gave up and tapped on the starter with the lug wrench.

Sure enough, it started right away. I had no problems for a few months, and then today it just up and refused to turn. I hear a clicking kinda noise in the engine bay, some noises that sound like relays, but 0% starter engage.

I know this is probably a dumb question, but is it possible that this could be a solenoid? Is it even possible to buy the solenoid individually? I know on my 1982 240D the solenoid went out frequently but the motor was fine...

Help?

Also, where do you find a 36" extension? And do you need to take the exhaust off to get the starter out of there?

Eric Wade

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Old 11-01-2004, 02:46 AM
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Correction

Sorry, I should have been clear: the starter doesn't spin at all. I said "doesn't engage" and that is not accurate. When I turn the key-- nada, zip, zero.

Thanks!
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Old 11-01-2004, 04:13 AM
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Check the cable connections at the starter and the battery. Clean and sand the ends. If that works make sure you coat the connections to prevent futher problems.

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Old 11-01-2004, 09:23 AM
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Thank You

You know, as simple as that is, I hadn't thought of it.
Eric
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Old 11-03-2004, 01:32 PM
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Smile Guess what - it was none of the above

In case this helps anyone, it turns out that I had a faulty aftemarket alarm starter kill which was working overtime.

Wired around it and the car is 100% again.

Eric Wade

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