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I tried to turn my 1981 mercedez benz 300d on and smoke emitted from the steering wheel column. The key can be inserted into the ignition and the power light turns on, but when you turn the key the car won't turn on.

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This is a bad problem, and will probably require you to replace the entire ignition system and wiring located in the mechanical end of the steering column. I feel the smoke was melting wiring due to excessive use and time. the shorted wiring or even an open wire in the steering column will most certainly keep your engine from starting. If your not familiar with 12volt systems or have a hard time with small mechanics, than find someone who can help disassemble the column and locate the wiring that needs to be replaced.

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