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Date registered: Nov 2014
Vehicle: 1995 E320 Wagon
Location: Tulsa, OK
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Weirdness: Does this sound like a voltage regulator or the ETA? (RESOLVED)
So, after many months of trouble-free motoring in our '95 E320, catastrophe hit after fueling up for a long weekend out of town (so I guess I'm glad it happened before we got on the road!).
Car was running absolutely fine for morning errands. I stopped to top off the fuel, and when I restarted the car I was greeted with ABS and SRS lights, along with a low/surging idle and erratic A/C blower speed. The A/C compressor was also MIA. I immediately tried shutting off the car and restarting. My first restart attempt was met with a rapid solenoid click (ala a dead battery), but the car restarted fine on second attempt. The SRS and ABS lights came on and then off as normal, but illuminated again within a few seconds.
Since I was close to home, I elected to drive it back to the garage. On the way home, I noted that car was *not* in limp mode, and was accelerating normally. The cruise control also worked normally during a brief test.
As we were overdue for getting on the road, I shut the car off, and we loaded up in our Silverado crew cab and headed out of town. So at this point I've had three days to stress out about what it *might* be, but no chance to run further diagnostics. As the wagon is my wife's daily, it's in my best interest to get the old girl up and running again ASAP.
So do these symptoms sound more indicative of the voltage regulator, or the ETA? I've thus far taken a "if it's not broke don't fix it" approach with the ETA, and I'm honestly not certain that it hasn't already been addressed (the main harness certainly has). Any additional input would be much appreciated.
Last edited by DeluxeOKC; 07-08-2015 at 08:03 PM.