1991 420 SEL won't start

Asked by Dec 13, 2011 at 09:40 AM about the 1991 Mercedes-Benz 420-Class 4 Dr 420SEL Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I turn the key nothing happens but I do here a click on the left side. I took the starter out and had it checked and it check fine. I then turned the key on, touched the starter bolts with a screwdriver and the car started (should have done this first). Any ideas?  

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185

Ignition Coil.

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starter solinoid, the electrical switch was bypassed when you touched it with the screw driver.

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Ahh, what'd it run you to have it fixed?

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whatever the cost of a new solinoid, and maybe an hour of work at a shop, even though it might only take a few minutes to swap out, shops usually charge for the first hour anyway.

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