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The battery DIY, without losing settings

It's been a while coming, but here is the post for how to change your battery yourself. With pictures, of course.

This includes a setup that will help you avoid having to reset everything, which was probably the more enjoyable part of this exercise for me. If you don't want to make it yourself, I'll sell you one for $15 including the 9V battery (a new alkaline, not the one from my smoke detector!).

Take care and -- as always -- enjoy the ride,
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Just a couple notes, the first one being funny.

1. It's insulating, not insulting! That "a" makes a difference.

2. The COMMAND radio in W210 does not lose settings. Had my battery disconnected for a week while retrofitting heated seats and all was there when I reconnected, no code required.

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Well, it might be true that for W210 you don't need the radio code. The MB road assist guy did not reset anything after changing my battery.
Anyhow, thumbs up for Greg to picture docs the procedures
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great post greg. how much was the interstate battery? also are there any places that sell "varta" batteries? i have searched everywhere but can't find one.
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great post greg. how much was the interstate battery? also are there any places that sell "varta" batteries? i have searched everywhere but can't find one.
I don't believe Varta automotive batteries are distributed in America at all.

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Just a couple notes, the first one being funny.

1. It's insulating, not insulting! That "a" makes a difference.

2. The COMMAND radio in W210 does not lose settings. Had my battery disconnected for a week while retrofitting heated seats and all was there when I reconnected, no code required.
Are you insulting me again?!? Good eye, it's fixed. Considering I used the word 3 or 4 times, I'm happy I only missed one.

I'm glad MBZ thought to have some way to hold settings in the COMAND setup. The stock radio clears out if the battery is disconnected and then you have to re-enter the security code.

Anyway, thanks again and take care and enjoy the ride,
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Well, it might be true that for W210 you don't need the radio code. The MB road assist guy did not reset anything after changing my battery.
Anyhow, thumbs up for Greg to picture docs the procedures
Wow, I thought I'd read on here that they reset everything as part of the service charge. That seems kind of chintzy to me, now I'm even more glad I didn't have to call those guys.

As I noted to Chris, with my stock radio (non-COMAND) when I disconnected the battery to install my steering wheel I had to punch in the radio code and of course go through all of the other reset procedures (I love the windows one, what's up with that?).

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What an excellent post!

I took it to a highly recommended MB specialist in the SFO Bay Area. This soft-spoken German gentleman told me:
a. "you can't jump start a Mercedes Benz. You need to charge the battery first", and
b. "after changing the battery, I'll need about 2 hours to reset all the electronics."

I walked out in a dazed. SOOOOO glad I found this post. Debunked just about EVERYTHING this guy told me.

It's unbelievable what people will try and steal from you just because one drives a MB!
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