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My longtime parts guy (OEM at good prices) gave me some advice he'd run across regarding my intermittant operation woes, painfully recounted in my thread down a few rows.

He said that bayonett fuses need to be scrutinized, that it's a weak design, the spring tension on the leaves can weaken over time. I told him there were no such fuses in my rig - spade type only. Imagine my surprise when tonight I examined a little box next to my fuse box that for some reason I had never looked at. Whattayaknow, two bayonett fuses, one with some funky looking grunge on one end. They are visible through the plastic now bit before I took it off there was a coating of dust on it, could not see them.

I had some extras for my MB, found two the right size, got my little stainless steel wire brush thingy plugged into my Dremel tool and cleaned everything up. Who woulda thought, my car started up and ran. I took it for a short spin, OMG felt nice. No missing, no cutting out. It had refused to start for a week or two at this point. It had healed itself in the past, I hadn't tried starting it before I cleaned the contacts and put in the new and cleaned fuses. Who knows.

I can't find any info about them just yet. I guess the next step would be to remove them while it's running.





 

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More painful drama. I started it up, removed both fuses, no effect.

Jeez, the self healing car, albeit temporary healing.
 

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It was a long shot. I was dreaming that they went to some start sequence relay. The little box has 'GERMANY' stamped in its face, it somehow seems like a factory add on. Maybe they leave the wires under the dash with tags on them.
 
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