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Old 12-20-2002, 04:43 PM
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hard starting when cold

I have a 1985 380 SE that will not start when its below 40 degrees. replaced the over voltage protection relay and still wont turn over. Any help would be great. Thanks.
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Old 12-20-2002, 05:34 PM
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What exactly does it do??? No noise at all???? Tell us everything you know about this condition...
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Old 12-20-2002, 06:01 PM
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Starter turns over, no unfamiliar noises. No clicking, all sounds good, just not starting. Could it be the fuel pump?
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Old 12-20-2002, 06:54 PM
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The car has 162,000 miles on it, and I have no records of recent work. Could it be a fuel filter problem and if so are they hard to replace.
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Old 12-21-2002, 12:54 AM
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Is it possible that it is the neutral safty switch that is causing the problem? I did drive the car the night before it started doing this at around 80mph for around 45 mins.
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Old 12-21-2002, 04:12 PM
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I had the battery tested, full charge, and tried to start the car with it in neutral, still nothing. What would be an indicator of the starter being a problem?
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Old 12-21-2002, 06:08 PM
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I also have a 1985 380SE and my car was doing the same thing. Not to say I'm certain of the problem but it could be your fuel compensator (warm up regulator). I don't drive my car in the winter so I never knew the part could be bad. A month ago my car would start up with rough idle untill the car warmed up, then fine as normal. About two weeks ago the temperature dropped to 0 and the car wouldn't start and when it finally did, it shut right down. A few days later the temperature rose to about 45 and the car drove fine for days. Yesterday temp was 55, car fine. Today 32 and no start. I'm putting my car back in the garage till spring as I have beater to get around in and also the part is $420!! I think I'll replace it then. Hope this gives you some insight
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Old 12-23-2002, 11:54 AM
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CAn anyone recommend a good repair shop, in columbus ohio, to take my benz to for a diagnostic ck
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