Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 190E, 400E, SLK350
Location: Chesapeak Bay
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I fixed it!
I think some moisture built up and didn't allow for firing while the engine was getting flooded with gasoline every time I cranked.
It must have been when I moved the car into the garage and didn't warm the car properly; I simply started it, moved it then shut it down. That's a big nono with rotaries, it will lead to flooding.
I removed the spark plugs and poured a little engine oil in the holes then manually turned the engine. I then removed the fuel injection fuse and turned the engine with the starter and sure enough all sorts of liquids came out off the holes.
I cleaned the plugs a little ( I will put new ones during my next tune up) put them back (fuse too) and then cranked the engine over and over until it started. Holy SMOKE! Smoke everywhere, pouring from the exhaust like a liquid. After it cleared up I drove the car like I was in a hot pursuit. Red lined it a few times just to hear the buzzer. All is good.
It's lined up with the others for a communal car wash for this afternoon.