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Old 09-25-2002, 12:07 PM
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1994 c280 starting problem

Sometime it does this, sometimes it doesn't. When it doesn't, you turn the key and it starts right off the bat.

When it doesn't start, you turn the key and the engine won't turn over...the started just cranks and cranks...and if you keep at it long enough, it will evetually turn over.

And, if it you get it to start, there is some black smoke (yikes!) and it kinda sputters for a few seconds, then it get's up to normal RPM's and runs fine.

Any ideas?

1994 C280 204k miles
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Old 09-25-2002, 12:24 PM
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Check it. :-)

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Old 09-25-2002, 12:34 PM
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ovp...where is it?

I read other posts about the OVP being behind the battery, is that true on this model...meaning "as in the trunk" or is it in front where the rest of the fuses are located?

1994 C280 204k miles
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Old 09-25-2002, 06:41 PM
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Firstly, the OVP in our car is under the hood... I can get you a picture of it later on when I'm at home (yes, I got a job).

Secondly, doesn't sound like a symptom of OVP failure if it sputters and smokes (ouch!!)... but is still worth a shot I suppose.

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