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Date registered: Jul 2003
Vehicle: 86 300SDL, 76 240D
Location: Spokane, WA
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240D won't start
I'm not sure where to start, so here goes:
#1 Battery light on dash is on all the time, however it gets brighter/dimmer depending on how much draw I'm producing (lights, turn signals, blower fan, etc.). MB mechanic says this is the alternators exciter diode going and to be prepared to replace alternator. I have my replacement alternator waiting in the back seat.
#2 When the car was running, every six seconds I would hear a click and then my headlights would flicker(if on). I think(???) this is the same timing as the intermittent wiper setting, and the click seems to be coming from the right location for this to be the relay for the combination switch which I just replaced 6 months ago. Would the relay be activating even if I dont have the wipers turned on?
#3 Before last night I have had some problems getting the car to start. I would turn the key to on, and use my pull start to activate the glow plugs, and when I go to pull the starter, everything would go dead. No lights, no dashboard, no nothing! Then all of the sudden everything works, start the car, no problem( of course now I've already called someone to pick me up from wherever I am stranded). MB mechanic says first check battery ground. So, I try to remove (-)cable from where it bolts to chassis. It is rusted quite through and I'm thinking maybe thats the problem? I can't yet get the bolt off, but once I get a ride back to my office I will apply a "bigger hammer". But what do I do once I've removed it? If indeed that part of the frame has rusted through, where should I reconnect my ground? Also (maybe this should be item #4), now when I try to start the car, I get power when I turn the key to position 1, but when I turn to position 2, everything dies. Could this in fact be a bad ignition switch instead of a battery problem?
My current worry is that I have more than one thing broken here. I don't know where to start(pun intended) problem solving this. Any advice will be received with much gratitude! Thanks