Not optimal but enough output to move on to something else such as having the battery load tested.
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.Sounds like a loose battery terminal or maybe engine to chassis ground strap broke/loose.
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.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.
Yeah, seems like the car has received little love until now! Definitely a lesson to check the „simple“ things first before assuming its something big.A tipical problem this one - a no maintenance problem . The heart of the system is the battery and it was never checked out first .
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.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.