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Old 09-24-1999, 10:08 AM
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My MB 380SE won't start. The battery seems ok. Headlights work, radio, AC etc... fine. When I turn the key there is coplete silence. No solenoid click nothing. The ligts will not dim either. Any suggestions?
Thank you very much

Old 09-24-1999, 10:20 AM
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Try to put the car into neutral and try to start it then. If it starts, the neutral-safety switch is defective. Another possibility is the ignition switch behind the key tumbler.
good luck
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Old 09-24-1999, 12:15 PM
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I just went through that on the 190. It was the neutral safety switch. By the way, it didn't start in neutral either. It took my mechanic 3 hours to find it, which seems like much too long. Hopefully, you won't have the same experience now that you know where to start.

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Old 09-24-1999, 07:27 PM
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Well, it turned out (according to my mechanic) to be a starter. Now it is working fine but of course I had to tow the car to the service.

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