W202 not starting - Indy in South Bucks?

Discussion in 'Engine' started by Pinpoint, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. Pinpoint

    Pinpoint New Member

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    My 98 W202 C200 has recently had 2 failure to starts. The engine turns but doesn't fire. The first was in a petrol station and I see this matches other posts. Both times it fired eventually. My expertise is limited to changing the batteries in the key fob, which I've done following other related threads, so I'm not asking for solutions. As I'm overdue for a B service, and the main dealers around me are particularly expensive, is there a good indy in South Bucks, ideally near Beaconsfield?
     
  2. gazz

    gazz Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Usually fails to start when hot? Most likely is the crankshaft position sensor. A very easy job on a W202 if you fancy getting your hands dirty.
     
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    Can you hear the fuel pump prime when you turn the ignition on when the fault occurs?
     
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    E55BOF Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Pinpoint

    Pinpoint New Member

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    Just happened again today for the 3rd time in about 2 months. I can hear the fuel pump does prime. These are short journeys of about 1 mile to where I park. The common thread is that it does start after about 30 minutes in all cases. There is a smell of petrol after the engine turns without firing a few times. In 2 of the cases the tank was full or very near full after a visit to a petrol station.

    I've tried all the easy tricks mentioned in previous threads - keyfob battery is good, lock/unlock, open fuel cap. I put it in neutral and pushed it back to see is crank sensor moves.

    I'll check the garages mentioned so thanks for the replies.
     
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    Pinpoint New Member

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    The error code showed it was the crank position sensor. This has been replaced and the car runs fine. First fault in 16 years!
     
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    Jokuk Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Who did you get to do it, any recommendations ?
     
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    Pinpoint New Member

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    It was Graysheen in Gerrards Cross. They are a proper local garage that do a lot of mercs and others. Quick and efficient, highly recommended.
     
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  10. mbenz1

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    Congrats on the fix...you can now enjoy driving your W202 200 again ;)
     

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