only starts in neutral.


Asked by Sep 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM about the 1985 Mercedes-Benz 500-Class 500SEL Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 1985 500 SEL was stored in a facility for 11 years. It runs but will
only start in neutral. Any advice on what the problem may be?

10 Answers


is it a automatic or a stick? If it is a stick you have to have the clutch pedal pushed all the way down

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If it is automatic the safty neutral switch may be bad or out of adjustment

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Can it be fixed at a transmission repair shop? Is it expensive?

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the neutral safety switch should be examined~

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Test it first...if you've got a multi-meter...or have a reliable friend do the's like two screws....but all kinda scrunched up inside the dash~


Does not have to be a trans shop a local auto repair shop should be able to do it. But like judge_ roy says if it is under the dash it is cramped

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Ron....congrats...bud, you're the new expert on the 500~


Thanks roy I am no expert but the older stuff is what I used to work on. When things were alot simpler

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