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Old 01-17-2003, 10:16 PM
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HELP-starter does not turn over

Two times in the past few days I have had trouble with starting my 87 300E. Tonight was the worst. I put the key in and turn it fully. Everything looks good but the starter does not go. The lights are bright. I turn the key back and forth 5-10 times and wiggle the gearshift to be in P. Finally the starter goes, engages and the car starts right up.

How do I diagnose and fix this? Hopefully I can start it tomorrow to get to a tech sesssion.
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Old 01-17-2003, 10:41 PM
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Do a search on "neutral safety switch"...

Put your car in neutral and try to start the car. If it does, you found your problem.
'86 300E
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Old 01-18-2003, 10:36 AM
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Or shift rod bushings have deteriorated.

I like to look at the easiest/least expensive problem first .
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Old 01-20-2003, 11:30 AM
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possible answer

I went to the tech session at the local MB dealer. The first thought was the electrical part of the ignition. But since all the lights at the bottom of the dash lit the tech thought this was not the prob. He looked at the trans area and found a loose connection that was not locked in place. I must have done that when I changed the trans fluid in Nov. No probs in last 2 days-fingers are crossed.
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