Date registered: Aug 2011
Vehicle: 2001 E320 4Matic Wagon named "Weecle von Diva"
Location: Upper East Coast
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Ghost in the machine - no start - 01 E320 Wagon
The other day we got about two inches of snow, hardly unknown in April in Maine. Yesterday I took a routine 5 mile trip, and noticed that water had leaked into the cabin and left a puddle on the Weathertech floor mats. This has happened before with no ill effects, though it is not consistent, and I haven't discovered the source of the leak (suspect door seal, sunroof, or roof rack mounts).
When I got home and turned off the car, the parking lights & fog lights stayed on and did not shut off automatically. These usually only remain on if I switch the lights on, which I hadn't. I suspected that water had gotten into the light switch, so my wife & I got out the hair dryer and tried drying it out for a few minutes to no effect. We decided to run the car to warm it up & dry it out. It ran for a while, but when I went out to shut it off it had stopped running and would not even turn over again. So I left it alone. After this, the fog lights went on & off intermittently on their own. Eventually this stopped.
I suspect that water somewhere was creating a circuit, and eventually this water dried out and it healed itself. This morning when I tried to start the car, it turned over but would not start. No light problems this time. We've checked all the fuses and they're fine, so that's not the problem.
Anybody have any insights into this ghost in the machine?