Join Date: May 2009
Location: SF BAY AREAS
Vehicle: 2001 SLK 320
Other Toys: 2001 E320, 2005 C240 WAGON
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With a new battery installed a night before, cranked the engine, and nothing happened, just lots of clicking noise from the starter. Turned the key off and waited for 5 minutes, and cranked the engine again. Same result. Engine started fine the night before.
Unhooked the cables from the battery and slow charge the brand new battery for 5-6 hours. Reconnected the cables and cranked the engine Engine started fine, but sitll could not shift out of park. Read somewhere on other threads that if I used a long screw driver and push through an opening at the bottom of the shift handle, I could by pass the gear shift out of P position. Tried that and I heard something un-coupled but still could not get out of P position. Engine still on, all electrical systems worked except the windows, top and radio (car did not asked to enter radio codes)
Turned engine off and waited for 5 minutes and turned engine on again. Engine started find, this time I am able to shift to D position. Drove around the block, and noticed that transmission did not shift to 2nd gear. Drove slow, 1st at 3000RPM for about 10 minutes
Strange things started to happen....engine shifted to 2nd, 3rd, 4th without any problems. Switched to manual mode, engine shifted to 2nd, 3rd and 4th..All electrical systems worked, including windows, radio, forgot to lower roof.
Does it take 5-15 minutes to have the entire system check after new battery installation?
Car is working fine now, but since I had to go on a business trip, I won't touch it for another 7 days. Let's hope that I won't happen to repeat this sequences again.