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Old 08-30-2002, 09:32 PM
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Problem 300 TD Mercedes

Help. I have a 1984 300 TD Mercedes Station Wagon. It has been running great until today. On the way to work, the radio went out and then came back on, then went out again. When I turned off the engine, it would not start and I had little electric power. Later in the day (3 hours) it fired, barely, and I was able to get it home. However, on the way home I lost all power to electical things (i.e., wipers, a/c, horn, turn signals). Tonight it would not take a charge, although the lights did get brighter when the jumper cables were hooked up. It makes no noise when an attempt to start occurs and the lights simply dim.

For the last 3 days the brake, battery, and other light, as well as the refill gas light, have been on continuously. Help. Thanks for any suggestions. Chip Taylor
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Old 08-30-2002, 11:23 PM
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As with all electrical problems I suggest you find out where the "grounds" are and be sure they are in good shape...meaning conducting electricity well.....Then you can start narrowing your problem down... but this is the first thing to be sure it is working or you can not do a logical job of checking the other stuff...
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Old 08-30-2002, 11:40 PM
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I would check your basic electricals: Battery and alternator. Take it to Sears and asked for their free test. They do, BTW, carry the larger HD batteries needed for diesels.

How many miles on your car?

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Old 08-31-2002, 12:05 AM
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Sounds like your battery terminals are corroded. Remove the cables from the battery and clean the positive and negative terminals and then clean the end of the cables where they attach to the battery.

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