The A-Class First (W168) Generation Mercedes-Benz was manufactured from 1997-2004 and sported a new look. The hatchback was equipped with a four-cylinder engine, and was made available as a 5-speed automatic, 5-speed manual, and 5-speed semi-automatic. The German vehicle’s popularity resulted in over one million sales; nevertheless, as with any new car, a few common issues arose. Starter problems are one such malfunction.
Leading up to such issues, some owners have observed ESP and ABS lights. In this case, a driver might assume that they simply need to change their brake pads, until their car fails to restart. Others have noticed no warning signs whatsoever. Typically, the vehicle seems to turn over yet fails to actually start, and the battery may eventually die. One common cause of such issues is a packed up fuel pump.
Some owners attempt to check fuel pump flow on their own. This, however, necessitates the disconnection of the fuel line from the carburetor. There are certain precautions that must be taken, such as, but not limited to, the disconnection of the coil in order to determine fuel flow. It is also easy for someone with limited knowledge to mistake the two lines and reconnect them improperly. These types of at-home diagnostics come with risks to both you and your vehicle.
For cost effective, professional service, consider a local German auto specialist. These independent mechanics will be knowledgeable about your make and model. They are likely to be aware of the most common issues, which means they can safely diagnose your starter problems quickly and efficiently, saving you time and money.
Search for a local, independent Mercedes-Benz repair shop with Mercedes-Benz mechanics that have dealer-level expertise at a fraction of the expense.