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Old 10-27-2005, 03:10 PM
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Cold Start Problem or battery?

Two questions, I'm not sure if they are related. My 96 C280 has given me trouble starting twice in the last month, I had to push on the gas peddle to get it to start. The battery which is the original and I knew would need replaced before the cold of winter is not turning over the engine as fast as before when the temp drops below 40 outside, but its still turning over at a good enough speed. I'm wondering if the starting problem is related to the low battery. The engine turned over ok, just a little slower then normal. It wouldnt start and I tried it 3 times, the 4th time I pushed the gas a little bit and it started. It scarred me because I had stopped to help someone change a tire on the side of a road and then my car wouldnt start. It didnt happen again until a couple days ago and pushing on the gas peddle took care of it there something else I should check beside the battery?

My second question is, the original batter has been great and I would like to be able to replace it with a good battery. Is there a suggested brand?


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Old 10-27-2005, 05:46 PM
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If you got 9 years of service out of the original battery you've done great.
Get yourself a new one a.s.a.p.
Bought mine at the dealer about 5 months ago for $ 120.00.
2007 C 230 Sport.
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Old 10-27-2005, 05:50 PM
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I would stick with the dealer battery also as far as a replacement. On the one hand if it is turning over good then it would seem the problem is not the battery. On the other hand 9 years is pretty good for a battery.

1998 C230 330,000 miles (currently dead of second failed EIS, yours will fail too, turning you into the dealer's personal human cash machine)
1988 F150 144,000 miles (leaks all the colors of the rainbow)
Previous stars: 1981 Brava 210,000 miles, 1978 128 150,000 miles, 1977 B200 Van 175,000 miles, 1972 Vega (great, if rusty, car), 1972 Celica, 1986.5 Supra
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Old 10-27-2005, 07:56 PM
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Might want to consider an Optima, but whatever you choose, it is battery time NOW.

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Old 10-27-2005, 11:50 PM
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My 97 has been doing the same thing - struggling a tad in colder temps only. How can I check if it's original? It's definitely an MB battery, in a white casing. I was thinking OEM or Optima as well for a replacement. If it's original, it's gonna be out of there!
former: 83 300D, 97 C230, 93 400E

current: 08 C300 Luxury , 92 500SL
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Old 10-28-2005, 01:20 PM
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There may be a sticker with the build date on the battery ?

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