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new to the mercedes world and need help

hey hows it going everyone! I've never owned a Mercedes and just recently bought a 2001 slk320, the kicker though is it was in a flood and had water damage and must of fried some electric component because it wont start. I havent personally messed around with it yet but the guy i bought it from says he replaced some neutral switch under the break pedal, and that didnt do it and didnt want to keep throwing parts at it. He mentioned that when the key is in all the lights are on but when turns the key over he gets nothing like some switch is bad. Also mentioned that took the starter out and turned the key over and the starter engaged and spun but when put it back in the motor and turned it over the car wouldnt turn over. I know theres a bunch of possibilities, but wanted to ask some info or ideas of where to actually start and things to check from people with experience. Anything helps thank you!
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Any idea from the prior owner on how high the water was inside the car?

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no idea of the water level. But here in Virginia they get a lot of hurricanes with high water levels. But I know the k40 relay is mounted pretty high in the engine bay so not sure if the water got that high, but yet again i have no idea.
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thank you for a good starting point! and the info about the site. This is my first forum site ever so going to take some getting used to haha.
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do the car locks work with the remote or not with the remote?
if they do, you can probably rule out the pse being wet

but read the threads in the k40 link i posted

How old is the battery? battery must be great, not good


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The notorious K40 overload protection unit is a well-known cause of starting, idling, and engine stumbling problems. This unit provides voltage to the control modules and electrical components, including the fuel pump, electric air pump, and horn. When the K40 malfunctions, these components don't get their required voltage.

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the battery and terminals looked good but was going to start diagnosing with a voltage load test on it first thing. Maybe even just buy a new one so i can rule out the battery right away because the guy i bought it from got it from an auction so really no telling how long the car has been sitting for. Do i need to get any specific battery? or would just a normal battery from autoparts store due? Also he said when he'd turn the key over he could hear the fuel pump and fan kick on. So if the k40 relay was bad would that mean these components wouldnt turn on?
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check your owner's manual as to what battery

https://www.google.com/#q=site:slkwo...0+what+battery

not an expert. members will chime in but Europe is zzzzz and East Coast getting there

find a mechanic with access to mb star and get any codes or modules read as to their functionality
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ok awesome thanks again for all the info so far, ill be sure to keep you guys updated once i actually get the car this weekend and start tinkering with it!
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Welcome from the Sacramento Valley SLK Enthusiasts!

Oh boy, I hope you got a great deal on the SLK! I see a money pit starting!, unless you are a mechanic familiar with Mercedes.
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Hi and welcome to SLKWorld.com from the UK Midlands - Thanks for joining us and posting an intro!

Some great advice already from Jeff... and yes, the fan kicking in when turning ignition on is a common symptom of bad K40 (whether or not it was caused by flooding). Good luck!

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