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Old 03-20-2000, 11:11 AM
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Drove my 300 Sd 300 miles yesterday no problems....

I tried to start it this morning would not turn over..
I tried to jump start it... nothing..

The lights work and the gages move and the glow plug light comes on ..,, but it wont turn over

Thanks Guys..

Sorry I didn't describe my problem clearer,, But I am late for work.. Spent the AM fiddling with the SD...


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Old 03-20-2000, 01:31 PM
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Use a voltmeter to test for voltage at the starter solenoid and main starter connection. If there is voltage at the solenoid when turning the key to start, and the headlights and other high current draw items work normally, most likely it's starter time.

Good Luck,

Larry Bible
'84 Euro 240D, 516K miles
'88 300E 5 Speed
Over 800,000 miles in
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Old 03-21-2000, 12:28 AM
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Originally posted by TXBill:
I only say this because it has happened on two different SD's is make sure you have it all the way in park. Did you try to start it in neutral? Shifter bushings are common replacement items on these cars. If your car starts in neutral you can further confirm this by turning it back off and putting it right back in park. If it starts it's in park, if it does not start get out and try to push the car and see how far it rolls. Be careful. And good luck!

Spoke to the guy who sold me the car, Turns out there is a Kill switch under the drivers side dash.. There is a toggle switch and a switch to depress.. It seems the only way to start the car is by depressing the switch and turning the key at the same time ..I don't understand why this problem is just now occuring... I must have disconnected some wire by mistake. I dread having to go through this routine every time I start the car...I have another question, I had a key made for my 300 SD at a flea market.. I half expected the key not to work.. It was real cheap metal and for only $3.00, no way. When I left the Flea market I tried the key and it worked.. But it did not turn smoothly.. I wonder if this trigged the problem.... Thank you Juan....

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