How to Troubleshoot Starting a Benz CLK 500

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How to Troubleshoot Starting a Benz CLK 500
Solve the problem of a dead battery using jump leads. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The Mercedes-Benz CLK 500, a luxury sedan, suffers from problems similar to those of most automobiles. Sometimes the car simply refuses to start. Typically, a car that won't start suffers from battery problems or a lack of fuel. However, a car that sputters or stalls may suffer from a badly adjusted carburettor, a clogged ignition control valve or a completely busted transmission. If you are unable to diagnose your engine problem, it is best to take your vehicle to a mechanic.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Fuel canister
  • Jump leads

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open the gas panel and unscrew the gas cap. Insert the nozzle of a canister of gasoline to fill the tank of the CLK with fuel. Screw the cap back on and close the panel.

  2. 2

    Pop the bonnet of the CLK 500 and examine the engine parts. If any of the CLK engine parts appear damaged in any way (torn, loose, singed, etc.), seek the assistance of a mechanic immediately.

  3. 3

    Insert your key into the ignition and turn it to the right. If the car starts to turn on and sputters, your problem lies with the carburettor, ignition air control valve or transmission. Unless you are mechanically inclined, leave these problems in the capable hands of a mechanic. If you turn the ignition to the on position and the radio, instrument panel and headlights do not turn on, jump-start the car.

  4. 4

    Drive a car with a working battery toward your Benz and park it so that the front of the car faces the front of the Benz. Turn off the car and allow its engine to cool for at least 15 minutes. If you drove the car a long distance, allow the engine to cool for an additional 30 to 45 minutes.

  5. 5

    Turn off all the accessories and electrical components of both automobiles. Set the parking brake on both cars for extra safety.

  6. 6

    Open the bonnet of the car with the working battery. Connect 1 end of the positive jump lead (typically red) to the positive (red) terminal of the battery of the working car. Connect the other end of the positive cable to the CLK 500's positive battery terminal.

  7. 7

    Connect 1 end of the negative battery cable to the negative terminal of the working car's battery. Connect the other end of this cable to the negative terminal of the CLK 500's battery. Allow the batteries to charge for about 5 minutes.

  8. 8

    Insert your key into the CLK 500 ignition and turn the engine on. Keep the car in Park and allow the engine to idle. Remove the negative cable from the other car's battery. Remove the negative cable from the CLK's battery. Remove the positive cable from the other car's battery. Remove the positive cable from the Benz's battery.

  9. 9

    Allow the engine to idle for at least 30 minutes before turning off the CLK 500.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not attempt to start your car in a closed garage. Use a well-ventilated area.

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