E320 refusal to start

Discussion in 'Engine' started by BigDoug, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. BigDoug

    BigDoug Member

    Jun 1, 2017
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    2005 E320 W211.
    Today, for the first time, the car refused to do anything when I attempted to start it. Lots of key twiddling followed, for possibly five minutes. Then, as suddenly as it had stopped responding, it decided to react and the engine started. My journey was short, possibly less than a mile, but I noticed that the engine symbol was illuminated in yellow the whole way. Anyway, we arrived and the engine was turned off.
    Ten minutes later ........ same performance. Nothing at all when the key was turned to the start position and again, when it finally decided to start, the same yellow engine symbol was illuminated.
    This process happened several times. When running the engine seemed to have plenty of power, it ran smoothly as far as I could tell and the water temperature remained normal.
    After this had happened five or six times, everything cleared up ....... it starts immediately and the yellow engine light isn't lit any more !!
    Any ideas anyone ?
    Should I trust it ?
  2. Druk

    Druk Administrator Staff Member

    May 28, 2004
    Not far from Edinburgh.
    2011 S212 E350CDi. 1981 R107 300TurboDiesel.
    Should you trust it? No. Get it on a star machine and determine the fault codes.

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