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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-21-2009, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy C230Kompressor won't start

I have a 1999 C230 Kompressor that sat for a couple of years and now i cannot get it started. I've installed a new starter, as well as a new (and proper for this car) battery. With the new battery I can get it to maybe crank almost a complete rotation, then I jusr get a slight movement each time I try the key. With batterys from my other cars (which weren't as big as the one its supposed to have best I ever got was a very slight movement of the crankshaft (by watching the fan as I crank it) Now I get much more ritation, but still nothing significant. Waiting or charging the battery gets me a bit more again, but never do I get cranking with any speed where you would think it might start. Before the car sat, it was running great. I really would appreciate any suggestions on what i could check next. the key is synched and locks and unlocks the doors, everything else seems to work, just can't get it running.
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I would change the oil and filter and probably empty the gas tank, thats quite a while to be sitting with old gas. New spark plugs may be in order as well. Make sure your battery has not discharged with all the failed cranks. B
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I found this when I was curious about my own C230:

"Believe it or not, jump starting a modern vehicle with several computers can cause a lot of problems. it can corrupt the software in 1 or more of the major computers. I know this because I was a lead diagnostic tech at major German and European Dealerships and Independent Shops. If you don't feel confident about the work being performed at the dealership, go to a MB owners forum online and find out ask who the best MB shop is in your area and who specializes in sophisticated electrical and computer trouble shooting. Excellent independent shops have the where with all to reprogram the computers with the HHT ( the MB diagnostic and reprogramming capable laptop ) Typically if a car has been jump started several times, ( many tow truck drivers are very behind the times in this area ) the computers need to be reprogrammed which can take many hours but should not require too many parts other than an over load relay or 2."

Hope you get it all worked out.
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