Join Date: May 2012
Location: Denver, CO
Vehicle: 2003 SLK 230
Other Toys: '91 E Stock MR2 and '84 FSP Celica! And my poor '72 Capri that I need to finish.
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Intermitant starting issue
Shoot. We've put a fair few fun miles on our SLK 230. Everything has been super, until this week.
Got a call from my wife. She was working late, went out to Subway for a sandwich and when she got back in the car, it wouldn't start. She works waaay out east of town, so I drove out to see if I could see anything. There was nothing to see! We jumped in the car, turned the key and it started normally. Hum.
I've been driving the car for a few days with no issue. Tonight, after work, after sitting out in the garage all day, went to start it and same thing. Turned the key- nothing. Headlights work. Battery is good. But when I turn the key, absolutely nothing. I messed around for a while, turning the key over, messing with the shifter. No change.
Now, it may or may not be related, but in my random "mess with stuff" procedure, I flipped the towing alarm override switch. Turned the key and it started normally as if nothing had happened. We didn't do that when it happened the first time, so it may have nothing to do with it. I'm not sure.
Does this sound familiar to anyone? I'm kinda hoping it's a common or at least known problem because it's so intermittent I can't imagine how a mechanic would track it down.
Thanks in advance for any help.