Date registered: Aug 2007
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Engine won't crank on C230
I have an unusual problem with my 1999 C230K:
When I turn the key (bladeless) to the ignition position, the engine doesn't crank sometimes.
I can get the engine to crank by:
a) Holding the key in the crank position for nearly 10 seconds
b) Releasing the key, turning to "OFF", then attempting a crank multiple times (usually I need about 3 more attempts to get a successful crank)
This doesn't happen all the time, only one out of four times I try and start the engine.
I have never had starter problems with my car. Until I had a flat tire, and installed the space-save ("donut"). Then, the mysterious problem began. I promptly changed all four tires for brand new ones, but the cranking problems continue.
Does anyone have any ideas?
Incidentally, the problem is annoying at worst, though I wouldn't like to be on a railroad track with this car :-D
San Francisco, CA