My 81 380sl with 150k miles on it isn't making a sound when I turn the
key. The battery has 12+ volts, the lights are bright, and the voltage
at the coil is right. Can anyone suggest the next best place to look
for the problem? I have had any indications that the starter was
going bad, and can't imagine it would just quit totally like that.
Should i look for something else electrical ?
Starters don't take a bow before exiting, they quit.
It's either the starter or the neutral safety switch. Tap or rap the
starter (depending on your mood) and try it. If it cranks after being
tapped the starter is bad. If not move the shifter P to D, D to P until
you find a spot where the engine will crank. If that starts the motor
you know the switch is the cause.
Thanks a lot T.G.
I went out, jacked the car up, went under it, and hit the starter with
a hammer 3 or four times. I was skeptical, but it worked like a charm.
Started right up. But i guess i need one ?
Next question: how difficult is it to replace one of these babies. I
read somewhere that getting the top bolt out can be a real bitch. Any
advice in this regard.
Thanks again. You're a saint!
On Wed, 25 Oct 2006 12:09:08 -0700, "T.G. Lambach"
if it hasnt allready been done, do yourself a favour and replace the timing
chain & sprockets for the updated duplex type, otherwise your car will end
up on the crusher like so many others sporting this engine.
<Jim Lang> wrote in message
| My 81 380sl with 150k miles on it isn't making a sound when I turn the
| key. The battery has 12+ volts, the lights are bright, and the voltage
| at the coil is right. Can anyone suggest the next best place to look
| for the problem? I have had any indications that the starter was
| going bad, and can't imagine it would just quit totally like that.
| Should i look for something else electrical ?
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