Need a little more help. With the suggestions listed I was able to replace the starter with a Bosch SR459X Starter. The starter is about half the diameter size of the original. The starter in the car was a Bosch 0001314018. The new starter spins but does not engage. Multiple sights list the Bosch SR459X as the replacement for a 88 Mercedes 560SL. Any throughts?
The replacement starter for my 350SL was SR59X, I think. In ant event, it was quite a bit smaller and had reduction gearing.
This what Parts Geek says:
(not exactly clear!)
88 1988 Mercedes 560SL Starter Bosch
Product SKU: W0133-1602873
Product Note: Remanufactured - SR 459X Bosch shows listings for SR 59X for 1986-87 and SR 459X for 1988 on which are valid for this application if customer would rather use permanent magnet gear reduction version of this starter. When using the smaller SR 459X, (1) 116 151 03 45 centering plate is required.
Detailed Note: There are two sizes for the unit. The bigger unit is the original, while the smaller, thinner unit is a gear reduction type but will do the job. Both are interchangeable Centering plate to be sold with this unit: 116 151 03 45