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Not optimal but enough output to move on to something else such as having the battery load tested.
 

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Regulator is pretty self explanatory. The only sole caveat is to avoid cracking/damaging the new brushes during install. The brushes are very delicate.
 

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Sounds like a loose battery terminal or maybe engine to chassis ground strap broke/loose.
Should have investigated this more. You were correct, the negative battery terminal was very corroded and sparking upon crank. I replaced it and the car started right up! I did still put a new alternator in it as the old one was pretty oily (car had several oil leaks from the sls and timing cover before I owned it) and wasn’t putting great numbers anymore.

Thank you everyone! Your help was priceless.
 

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A tipical problem this one - a no maintenance problem . The heart of the system is the battery and it was never checked out first .
 

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Your words: "I have taken out the starter and tested it and its fine. After attempting to crank the whole car just “shuts down”. All systems are off and I can not attempt to crank again until I disconnected the battery."

The info you get back from the forum is only as good as the information you provide. Glad its fixed.
 

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Your words: "I have taken out the starter and tested it and its fine. After attempting to crank the whole car just “shuts down”. All systems are off and I can not attempt to crank again until I disconnected the battery."

The info you get back from the forum is only as good as the information you provide. Glad its fixed.
Not sure what you mean by this? I am definitely a novice and was trying to explain the situation to the best of my abilities. I will be sure to put any future questions in a more easily understood format.

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Not sure what you mean by this? I am definitely a novice and was trying to explain the situation to the best of my abilities. I will be sure to put any future questions in a more easily understood format.

Thanks again.
I think most of us would presume that someone who has removed the starter on a Mercedes would clean and properly attach the battery cables. Thats all I meant.
 

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But there again we all have to start some place .Now Leo will know about this ,,the very next time the problem comes along .It was jusy how i got to know items of importance do need looking after . 90%of failure is electrical .
 
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