1995 E320 Wagon, 2002 S430
I have a 98 E320 in my possession and the check engine light is on. I think because of a weak battery and the fact that the engine barely turns over when I start it up. I had a mechanic inspect it; he hooked the batt. up to his volt meter and the first check came back 12.6V, totally fine; that was 60 seconds after I turned the engine off after I had been driving around for 10 minutes. Then, I started it up and turned it off immediately, he then checked it again and it came back 10.2V after falling quickly from 11.2V. Incidentally, the check engine light is on and I am wondering if a dying battery will make the CEL go on. Anyone have experience with this same problem? Something tells me that if I throw in a new battery the CEL will go off immediately after starting it up. Thing is, i don't want to do that until after I purchase the car.