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Old 04-13-2013, 10:08 AM   #1
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2009 ML320 Bluetec dead this morning

I have owned this vehicle for 2 months. No problems until today. I went to start the engine and when I turned the key to on, the instrument cluster started flashing and nothing else would happen. Engine will not crank. When I turn it back off and take the key out, there is a "flashing" noise and the 4 way flasher red triangle pulses. Door will not lock, tail gate will not open.

I had to go to work this morning so I got in another car and left it. It was still making the noise when I left, although it was not as loud.

When I pulled in my garage shut the car off last evening I noticed a similar pulsing sound that the car was making after I shut it off. I also noticed a "hot" smell in the garage.

Any ideas on what's up?
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:07 AM   #2
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Not sure what the problem could be, but I would at least disconnect the battery because at least that should help stop whatever is running. Then, after a few minutes, reconnect the battery. I'm not saying this will fix the problem, but hopefully it'll prevent possibly something else from going wrong.
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:22 PM   #3
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I'd like to push the car out of my garage. With electronic shift, how the heck do I get it into neutral to make it roll? I guess I need to read the manual....
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Simple start the engine and select N.

PS: There's a hole in the bucket....
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Simple start the engine and select N.

PS: There's a hole in the bucket....
didn't he say the engine does not start? the point of the entire post...
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:43 AM   #6
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I called MB Roadside Assistance. They have had the car towed to the dealer where I assume it will get sorted out. FYI they had to hook a hot box to the battery to get it to go into neutral.
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How old is the battery? Does it hold the charge?
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Simple start the engine and select N.

PS: There's a hole in the bucket....
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didn't he say the engine does not start? the point of the entire post...
This should explain...

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I have owned this particular vehicle for only 2 months. Until Saturday AM, there has been absolutely no issues with starting or battery. I do not know the battery age. It may perhaps be the original. I'm awaiting the diagnosis from the dealer's shop.

I'm really disappointed by the childish behavior on this thread. I had mistakenly assumed that this was a serious forum, with mature constructive participation. Sad to see the infiltration of internet ******* that have nothing better to do, and nothing substantive to contribute. Perhaps the selection of available animations and smiley faces should have been a clue as to the culture.
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I'm awaiting the diagnosis from the dealer's shop.
Keep us posted and do not be disappointed. Most of the people on this site are good apples

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I am sorry that I popped in a joke to you seaeric, I should have noted you are a new poster. We do try and give a serious answer when we can.

As it so happens, this same question about selecting neutral has been posed before with the only recommendation that I have seen previouslyis to remove the tailshafts. And I understand that is not an easy thing to do.

But I am glad to see there is another method as used by the tow truck.
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The problem was caused by a shorted out battery. New battery installed and good to go. Car is still under the original warranty so there was no cost to me.
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The problem was caused by a shorted out battery. New battery installed and good to go. Car is still under the original warranty so there was no cost to me.
All's well that ends well !!!
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2009 ML320 Battery Locations

Is there more than one battery in a 2009 ML320 BlueTec. I know one is under the passenger seat. Where would the other one be
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There is a little auxillary, located next to the main battery, under the seat.
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So here I am again - 26 months later. Same problem. Upon attempted start, dash flashes and then all dead. I popped the hood and attached a charger to the jump start terminals. After a few hours charging at 10 amps it started normally. So now what? Why would a 2 yr old battery fail suddenly? There was no clue that this was coming at all. Car is still under a CPO so I guess I call the dealer in the morning, or call Mercedes Roadside and have them check/replace the 2 yr old battery under warranty?
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searic - tell us if you replaced the smaller auxilliary battery.
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