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Old 08-22-2003, 07:54 AM
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Unhappy Pending Starter Failure??? W126

Over the last couple of months, I've noticed that once in a while, particularly on a cold start, the starter seems to remain engaged for a couple of seconds after the engine kicks over. It also seems to take an extra second or two for it to start.

Finally this morning, I got nothing on my first two attempts to start the car. After shifting into R and letting it roll a couple of feet, it started fine.

I'm thinking that the problem is probably in the starter - or more specifically the solenoid - or perhaps the ingition switch and/or neutral start swich.

Does this reasoning sound correct? Are there other common problems on a W126 that might cause these symptoms?


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Old 08-22-2003, 08:11 PM
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Probably a sticky solenoid. You can have it cleaned and/or replaced, but you will have to remove the starter.

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