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I have a 2001 c240 that was collision resulting in damage to the front passenger side of the bumper/hood area. The only thing visabley wrong to the cars engine, is the radiator and hose. However the car wont start.
The night it was wrecked, it was drivin for about 20 min afterwards, then the car "shut down" and hasnt ran since. The only codes on the dash are for the airbag and light thats missing. When I attempt to start the car it lights up, and the car turns over. There is gas up front. I have already wasted 3000 by taking my car to a bad body shop and I dont have lots of money to waste playing the mechanics guessing game. My questions are;

Is there any safety feature that would shut the car down 20 minutes later and prevent it from starting?
Is there anything else that may be damaged easily from a light front passenger side collision that would prevent starting?
If the car overheated, would the radiator have to be installed properly before the car will start again?

I could REALLY use some advice from anyone with a good suggestion, please help me if you can.
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I have a 2001 c240 that was collision resulting in damage to the front passenger side of the bumper/hood area. The only thing visabley wrong to the cars engine, is the radiator and hose. However the car wont start.
The night it was wrecked, it was drivin for about 20 min afterwards, then the car "shut down" and hasnt ran since. The only codes on the dash are for the airbag and light thats missing. When I attempt to start the car it lights up, and the car turns over. There is gas up front. I have already wasted 3000 by taking my car to a bad body shop and I dont have lots of money to waste playing the mechanics guessing game. My questions are;

Is there any safety feature that would shut the car down 20 minutes later and prevent it from starting?
Is there anything else that may be damaged easily from a light front passenger side collision that would prevent starting?
If the car overheated, would the radiator have to be installed properly before the car will start again?

I could REALLY use some advice from anyone with a good suggestion, please help me if you can.
Hi, ab, welcome to the forum.

I have a few thoughts in no particular order.

If you post in the forum native to your car (W203) you're more likely to find some specific help for things specific to your car rather than posting in this general forum, were I you I'd start there.

The insurance company handling your claim should be involved with this repair, it's obviously related to the crash damage. It shouldn't be up to you to diagnose it for them anyway.

Crashes no matter how light can have all sorts of unknown and unseen results. A competent mechanic will have the proper tools and training to diagnose and repair the issue. It seems unlikely that folks on the forum might be able to take a pot-shot guess and hit the correct item. Since you mention radiator and hose damage there are protective systems that can shut the car down so in the event of overheating that might be a place to look, though I'm not sure if they are on your model (moreover, they typically reset automatically).

Visible damage is very often irrelevant. You might have a wire that was pinched and the short drive chafed through the insulation and shorted it, for example. In answer to your specific question, yes, the car has to be properly repaired, including the cooling system, before it will run again.

You've already apparently wasted money by choosing a bad body shop. Post your location and see if anyone in your area can recommend a good indie shop so you don't waste money chasing gremlins or picking a lousy mechanic, too. But again, this should be the insurance company's responsibility to resolve.

Good luck, take care and enjoy the ride,
Greg

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