Yeah I didn't know that that isn't called jumping, sorry. However, one time I watched them do it, the top wouldn't go down, a fuse was blown. Maybe it was caused by the non-jump jump start.Are you sure it was a jump start? MB have one of those booster pack thingys (forget the proper name) that we can use, its like connecting an additional battery as you would in a jump start but without all the voltage spikes because it connects/disconnects itself.
Its hardly what i would call a safe solution but its better than a traditional jump.
cyber's right its not the same at all, MB have to provide some sort of emergency procedure just like they have to let the car run on the low grade fuel shown in the manual, doesn't mean its recommended or particularly safe and while the US owners manual might omit it the EU manuals and WIS do not.I would have no problem jump starting the SLK or using it to jump start another car If the SLK could not be jump started they would not provide the terminal in the engine compartment for just that purpose.
And they would remove the step by step instructions out of the owners manual.
I'm sure you could do some damage if you hook them up backwards but not if you follow the procedure in the manual. it's no worse then replacing the battery.
But if you're really worried you can let that nice tow truck driver drag your car up the flatbed now that's scary.
You're right that's probably a better solution or use the pickup truck.there's a much easier solution, just buy one of those $40 dollar battery tender, jumpers...it safely and quickly charges your battery, enough to jump start a car, and contains it's own battery which you charge at home. I used to have one in the trunk of my car, until my 'friend' borrowed it and never returned...because he loaned it to someone else!
Yes your absolutely right caraddict it really should say that but just because it doesn't say it inyour manual doesn't mean it's wrong, the people on this site know a damn side more about the SLK than the people who wrote that manual (MBUSA), so while you're under no obligation to take our advice on-board it would be advised.Still though if there was even the slightest chance that you could fry electronics doing it correctly it should be stated in the manual that this car is not capable of being jump started or jump starting another car.
The $50 to $60 spent on a battery trickle charger is worth it. It's quite easy too once you do the pre-wiring.Damn i'm stupid. I left the parking lights on all night thinking it was on Auto (too Dark to see at night). Anyway, this morning i couldn't unlock the car and i figured the battery is dead. Called Road side assistance to see if i could do it on my own, she told me yes. I start my other car, put in the jumper cables on both and i still couldn't start the MB cause the alarm kept going off. I called Roadside assitance again, and they said i shouldn't do it on my own because there is a risk of blowing up your electronics / radio etc. I'm like wtf. Anyway, i'm waiting for roadside to send me someone to jump start it. =/