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1985 mercedes-benz 190D, 202, automatic, i just bought a starter 3 weeks ago. Sometimes when i go to start the car. it just click when i turn the key and then i waite and it may click again when i turn the key and then it starts. the batery is new, it just started the click sound few days ago. It does not do it all the time. Can you tell me what it could be. Is the starter going out again are those signs telling me something. I just don't want to be stuck somewhere and i can't start my car. Thank You

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  • christine925 May 25, 2009

    I have the same problem! But when I first started driving it it only took 1-2 Clicks to start, I was ok with starting it that way. Time went by still ran good and recently it started to take sometimes more than 10 clicks to start it. a few days ago I had to tow it home cause it just wont start any more.
    Strange cause it still has the same click noise every time you turn the Ignition key. Im tryin to figure out what it could be. Every this else works Radio, Lights, Heater,Batterys fine. I need a second opinion Would be apperciated. Thanks.


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The ignition tumblers are very problematic when they get up there in age. usually when they fail the key won't turn. It is possible that the electrical portion is getting worn or has intermittent contact. I eould first have my alt. and battery tested with a load tester. diesels don't have an ignition system and they aren't as noticable when the charging system is failing. also see if the car starts in nuetral the nuetral safety switches fail and also get out of adjustment especiall ywhen the shift bishings are worn. there was a funny remedy for the newer diesels that actually workec. mb of usa recommended it, that was to lube the ring gear on the fly wheel and beleive it or not the problem would go away. this was for a computer type vehicl and the starter would bind and draw too mucn amperage and the computer would diengage it. hopefully I have been helpful

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The starters on the Diesels are pretty heavy duty so unless the bolts or a wire is coming loose I would rule out "going bad already" Other issue would be if you put in a used one 3 weeks ago.
Take note how the ignition feels when you turn the key, if you wiggle it and turn it slowly just right does it help ? The contacts in the back of the switch may be wearing out.
I hope this helps
Sam

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