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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-17-2015, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
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Angry 2008 ML320CDI block heater cord and battery charger

Hi there,
I have problems to start my ML 320CDI even with battery boost. I read that I may need to previously warm the engine oil to be able to start it in very cold weather as it was last days. Living in Whitby, ON. I also read that the car comes with a built in block heater but we have to buy and install the block heater cord in order to be able to warm the engine. Checked on internet an ebay if there is one to buy it (not checked yet with the dealer for known reason - most of the time too expensive) but no luck. there many around there but not for my specific car. can anyone please recommend a place where I could buy it or had the same starting problem. I understood that there is a original/specific Mercedes battery charger what may allow you to charge the installed battery on the car but I am not aware about it. I will call later the dealer to find out. Just wanted to check with you guys what your opinion could be. Did somebody bought a specific block heater cord designed for another maker let's say Ford what could match my car? And, the last question, assuming that i will get the cord, is it hard to install it on car OR I have to go to dealer to install it? I am assuming that, as long as you identify the plug where the cord needs to be connected, it should not be a problem for anyone to install it. It just a cord and nothing else. Any toughts or advise would be greatly appreciated. Please get back to me as soon as possible.
NOTE: I would had expected to have this block heater cord already installed on the car from manufacturer for the money we are paying. Not really understand why!

Thank you so much to everybody for help.
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when there is extreme cold,I use a hair dryer to warm the intake manifold,and head until warm to touch. this is on my 32 year old diesel engine

1999 s320. and 83 300sd quit driving,people make me nervous
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Thank you very much nathanD. You are very practical for sure. My car is driven by my wife and she is not so used to do yhis kind of staff. I will try do so by myself by I am affraid that in the night when she return home from work at around 10:30PM she may not have a source of power supply where she ussually park the car. Anyway thank you so much for giving me this ideea.
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