My mercedes will not start the key fob won't even turn?

Asked by Feb 17, 2016 at 11:38 PM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

We bought a new battery for 1998 Mercedes 430E about six months ago we let the car sit for 3 weeks now it won't start? We tried jumping it and the Les Schwabs person told me to put it in neutral brake on and turn the key when I turned it didn't start but alarm went off.  Now the key won't even turn?

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It is most likely your ignition itself that needs to be replaced. Sometimes this can just be a solenoid or a ignition switch that needs to be replaced. As a fellow Mercedes Benz owner, I take my car to the dealership (a 2012 E350 AMG) for repairs because most mechanics have no clue about German vehicles. If you know a reputable mechanic, I would get it towed there and have a diagnostic done on it. You may also want to search for a Mercedes Specialist Mechanic is your city, here in mine there are several shops that specialize in high end German cars. That will be your best route. I hope that this helps!

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