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It won't start. Turn the key, dash lights, engine nothing.

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It won't start. Turn...

It won't start. Turn the key, dash lights, engine nothing. Tried jumping to no avail.

Mechanic's Assistant: Have you checked the fuses? The dashboard bulbs?

Not checked the fuses. Someone who claims to be a Mercedes mechanic told me he was almost positive that it was a solenoid problem, but I didn't catch which solenoid he said.

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model/year of your Mercedes?

1986 560 SL

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your SL yourself? What have you tried so far?

No. Only tried to jump start it assuming a battery problem.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

The car was sitting for about 3 weeks since the last time it was driven.

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Mercedes Mechanic: Lou P. master tech, Mercedes Technician replied 11 months ago

Hello, the mechanic most likely said starter solenoid. its very possible the starter has failed.

the starter solenoid has 2 wires to it, 1 wire is the battery cable, the other smaller wire is the solenoid activation wire that should get battery positive voltage when the ignition is cranked. the mechanic will need to test for power at this wire when cranking, if it has power that means that the starter is bad.

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