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Resolved - Start Error

Hi, I have a 2001 320SLK Auto that was working but now has the "Start Error" message

So far this is what I've done;
Done some research,
bought a new battery - it kinda needed it, 74
Bought a Autolink AL519 OBDII scan tool - no codes to read?!? Anyway, 58 I think it was
pulled out the K40 module, thought I'd found a dry solder joint, blobbed a bit of solder on, hadn't worked
just had relays checked and all is OK., 62.40

So work does work is; the central locking, gear selector, um, horn, tyres still have air, but they'll need replacing, and the roof - lets face it, it's still worth having just for that

Wants next on the list to check? Or do I have to lug it to the closest useless by reputation Merc Dealer?

Most suggestions considered, although I have tried turning it off and on again.....a lot

Dan

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Found this on another site:

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If you often get the following error: "Start Error" displayed on your Instrument Cluster Mileage display after turning the key to try to start the engine, you may have a known problem with your DAS Control Module.

I was having the latter problem, and the dealer found that the DAS Control Module was shorting/failing intermitently. Sometimes I would get the start error message and no crank, and sometimes my ML will start and then die immediately.

You need to take both keys, since they need to get programmed/re-sync.


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yep. sounds like a immobilizer/can-bus wiring issue.

I think it could also be the ring around ignition cylinder.
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Thanks LeonardoDB,
Just so I'm not being too daft....just the keys to dealer?
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Thanks LeonardoDB,
Just so I'm not being too daft....just the keys to dealer?
I'm just guessing but I would think that the keys and the car as the module is in the car

Someone here should chime in or if not, just call your dealer/indy, describe the issue and see what they say.


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Try the usual culprits, fuses 35 and 37 in the under bonnet fuse box. They provide power to the DAS module and have been known to get dirty/poor connection. Remove the 2 fuses and give them and the holder a clean. Hopefully when you put them back it will work.
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I'm just guessing but I would think that the keys and the car as the module is in the car

Someone here should chime in or if not, just call your dealer/indy, describe the issue and see what they say.
I'd would think so too, thanks for your reply
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Try the usual culprits, fuses 35 and 37 in the under bonnet fuse box. They provide power to the DAS module and have been known to get dirty/poor connection. Remove the 2 fuses and give them and the holder a clean. Hopefully when you put them back it will work.
Many thanks, I'll try it now - it's what Bank Holidays are for .....or actually driving
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Try the usual culprits, fuses 35 and 37 in the under bonnet fuse box. They provide power to the DAS module and have been known to get dirty/poor connection. Remove the 2 fuses and give them and the holder a clean. Hopefully when you put them back it will work.
Stu, it just may be a coincidence after having the K40 relays checked and him telling me that the key has to go straight from in, to turn (which I doubt - as it has been working) BUT I did take the fuses out seemed OK, scratched them a bit, and you effin' believe after 3 months the beauty has started, driven - still does a quick 100 down the straight (just form diagnostic purposes)

Not only that started a further 5 times. Owe you a pint

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Five or six, I reckon!!!
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Not only that started a further 5 times. Owe you a pint
Great to hear all it's back on form and just in time for the summer. Put that roof to work now.
Perhaps "Sarge" can put resolved on this one @jbanks15
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This worked for me as well on my 2004 SLK32 AMG.
My scenario:
I only occasionally drive my SLK. I had recently washed it and cleaned it up to drive to work. Made it to work with no issues. Went to lunch with no issues. Came out after work and the fob wouldn't unlock the doors. Used the key to enter the car (and set off the alarm).
Put the key in the ignition, dash lite up like normal, but no starter response at all. Noticed the "Start Error" message. Came back the next day with tools and info from the forum. Popped the hood (alarm again). Pulled the 35 and 37 fuses. Neither was blown, but I scrapped them up with some sandpaper and reinstalled them. I also pulled the 9 fuse thinking it would keep the alarm from going off again (duh, alarm set of again). Replaced and hopped in the car. Put the key in the ignition, mumbled a prayer, and she started right up. I did have to reprogram the key to get the door locks operational again.
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