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Date registered: Sep 2010
Vehicle: 06 ML 350, 00 SL500
Location: Ottawa, Canada
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I tried drying the area out and it worked
This is for those people like me who read these threads and then get really bummed out about spilling coffee and then your car won't start or come out of park.
So the back story is - my wife calls me when I am on the road and tells me that she spilled some coffee this morning and the car would not start and would not come out of park. I got home in the evening checked out the situation and then started to read up about what might be the problem on this forum. I read all of the suggestions and thought I would try drying out the area and seeing if that works first before I arrange for a truck to take my car to the dealership.
I dried it out and and it worked.
I have a 2000 C230 Kompressor - 145K Km
This is what I did.
1) Based on the advice from - 4MATICbenz - I put a screw driver down in the hole and gently pushed down and the moved the gear changer to neutral.
2) I gently removed the black rectangular trim around the shifting console. Prying one edge up a bit and then moving on to the next edge and working my way around gently.
3) Removed the tray just below the ashtray that lays horizontally by pulling up on it a bit.
4) Removed the plate that has all of the switches for the windows and the trunk release and left it connected and just moved it out of the way - letting it rest on the passenger seat.
5) Turned the gear shift knob 45 degrees counter clockwise and then turned the ring at the bottom of the shifter counter clockwise and then easily removed the shifter knob by lifting up.
6) Gently removed the panel on the shifter assembly (the one that has the shifter gate and has a wood veneer). Same thing carefully lifting up each corner.
7) Removed the switch cover for the W / S switch (Winter / Standard) - which then exposes a circuit board.
8) With the area exposed I got out my space heater, (portable fan that has a heater element - I am in Canada and you always need one of these), and turned it onto the lowest heat level and let it sit there blowing warm air over the area for 2 hours. Checking in every half hour that the area was not getting too hot.
9) After 2 hours I tried to start it and it started up - lights on the dash went back to normal and is running fine.
10) Put everything back together by doing the above instructions in reverse.
I was lucky - I know that - however if you are like me and you read that this will cost 1K to fix at the dealer - perhaps try doing this first to see if it helps and works.
I hope it works for you.
Thanks to all on this forum who contribute and help - I really appreciate it.
Cheers - Eric