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Question My starter motor? I don't think so but I'm not sure.

Hey all. Yesterday my car wouldn't start up. I'm in a 95 300D. This is the first time this has happened and the battery's good. To my knowledge everything was running fine.

Details are as follows: totally rainy night and morning. super humidity. When I turned the key everything functioned as normal except that it wouldn't turn over. When I say that I mean there was nothing at all after the glow plugs went out and I put the key into the last position. Nothing. Then after a little bit something happened. It just worked somehow. I'm not sure what I did. I messed with fuses but none of them looked messed up anyway. Tis a mystery.

Haven't had a problem since, and nothing led up to this either. It just happened that one incredibly rainy morning. I feel like it's got to be related to the moisture but it might not be also. Any suggestions or similar stories would be appreciated. Is there something I can check to see what's what in there? I'm headed on a long journey next month and don't feel getting stranded somewhere. I've heard things about alarm stuff getting in the way of cars starting but my alarm didn't go off... Baffled.

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Hi Shane

The number one suspect is your neutral safety switch (NSS). You didn't mention the mileage on the car/transmission, but regardless, the NSS controls starting. It also controls your backup lights. Make sure they are operational.

Is your shift lever firm from notch to notch or is there play in the shaft? Worn shift linkage bushings can also cause intermittent start failures. If the problem happens again, place the transmission in neutral and try starting. If it fired off, it's one or both of the above.

Is it your plan to diy this project?

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Jayare - the mileage is 192,000. There's no play. It's a solid movement game. I'm gonna go and try the reverse light thing and thanks for the neutral starting info. That's great. I didn't think of that or know of it. My gut says it is not the starter. Something else was happening.

This will be a DIY.

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Reverse lights work fine by the way... Maybe it is the starter starting... I was parked on a slight incline the morning of it not working. Any way to test if the starter is failing?

Thanks again to anyone out there.
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It is very, very rare that one of these starters fail. Again, the likely suspect is the NSS. We have tones of threads on this...the search tool will show you a bunch.

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Starters go bad on these cars usually when an owner has a fuel/ignition issues and cranks their car for long periods to start.....any starter in the world would fail under those circumstances.

Otherwise, they're very durable.

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If it starts in Neutral, get a new one of these:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-Mercede...72.m2749.l2649
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THanks everyone for the suggestions. Much appreciated. Seems like a NSS.
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