BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Sep 2013
Vehicle: 1995 Mercedes-Benz E420, 1990 560SEL, and 2000 E320 wagon
Location: Worton, Maryland
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No Crank, Shifter in park
I have a 2000 W210 E320 wagon (not 4matic). The other day my wife brings car home indicated that the Traction triangle light came on when started and never went off. I went out to look at it and the ignition turns fine, but no sound at all not even click. The selector is stuck in park as well. The brakes lights come on when pedal depressed. The starter when jumped at starter relay turns fine. seems to be either the brake light switch ( if it can cause these malfunctions even though brake lights work? ) the next thing I suspect is the EIS ( is there a test for that?)
Finally I asked family did anyone spill into selector, all said no ( I agree foolish design for MB to put next to such a vulnerable part a cup holder without some external cover or water proof protection) Are there any other things I should check? All fuses have been tested with voltmeter. The relays for starter checked for function and continuity after powering with 12V. I do not have a MB code reader I need to get one, as I have two other MB's, a 1990 560 SEL and a rare 1995 E420 only 1,500 made world wide, the 94's are much more plentiful. Any way looking for most obvious failures and ways to test components.
I am dreading the conductor plate and connector on Transmission ( I hope that is not the problem), I checked for wicking of trans fluid at TCM all dry.
I started with the brake light switch. The only hesitation I had with that is that the brake lights work, and I had just replaced that switch last year ( the symptoms were different then I actually could still drive the car just had no brake lights, unlike the W124 when it happened ( had no brake lights ) it went into limp mode and would not start the next day. The battery was just swapped with my W126 battery 1000 CCA so I am certain the battery is not the cause, but will trickle charge after brake light switch change out.
Replaced brake light switch ( no change ) I guess i have an extra one. disconnected battery put on trickle charge over night the battery at hook up was not low but kept on charge all night anyway. reconnected battery tried to start no change. Guess I am buying a scanner, I seem to be having problem discovering which one I should get? the W126 no scanner would work with anyway, the W124 would require the 38pin setup and available software, won't peruse that yet, The case in front of me is the W210 E320 which many scanners do not list at all like the iCarsoft MBII for Mercedes Benz/Sprinter/Smart Professional Diagnostic Tool Scanner ABS,SRS ect W210 not listed Think I will purchase the Foxwell NT 510 scanner with a 38 pin adapter is that advisable?
The Autel DS708 with 38 pin adapter was suggested by a very helpful Mercedes brother on the other forum but that is out of my price range as of today. I am leaning towards the Foxwell NT 510 immediately then get the Autel DS708 at a later date. any further suggestions on how to proceed or what common thing to check?