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Old 08-14-2014, 11:03 PM   #11
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Gentlemen, free beer on Cousin, his wife has gone camping, sounds like a great offer! Glad your back in business.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:04 PM   #12
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Just havin a beer and I'd buy a round for all of you guys if I could.

Tow truck guy waiting for wrench to drop driveline. I had him, check fuse 23 and....BINGO.. Replaced and Solera started right up.

He will follow wife and nieces to auto parts store to get a few spares.

Thanks to everyone.

Congrats!

Happened to me on the second day I had my Solera.

When you buy your spares, make sure you replace it with a 25 amp, I have not had the problem since.

I know that Mercedes is known for and people pay a premium for that "German Engineering" but I can't believe they missed this one that bad.

Anybody know, do the new ones still have this problem?
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Old 08-16-2014, 10:03 AM   #13
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I always cringe a little when I hear people say to put in bigger fuses because they had one blow. Unless you understand the circuit and the ratings of everything in it, you are putting yourself at risk for something potentially far worse than a blown fuse.

Fuses are sized based on the expected current draw in a circuit plus some extra amount that the engineers deemed to be a normal variance plus an additional safety factor. All the components in the circuit are rated based on the fuse size, primarily the wiring. Essentially the fuse is designed to be the weakest component in the circuit so that it will blow when there is a short circuit or excessive current draw.

When you put in a bigger fuse, the wiring may not be large enough to handle that load and could potentially melt or worse in the event you have a real problem.

It is possible that MB just didn't factor enough safety factor into the fuse rating and the wiring and other components are fine with a larger fuse, but unless you know that for certain, you're taking a risk.

It's possible that the fuse blew because there really is a problem in the circuit causing an excessive load and you probably need to have it checked out and not cover it up by installing a larger fuse.

I'd much rather carry a few spare fuses and replace one every once in a while than deal with a burnt wire harness or fried component.
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Old 08-17-2014, 06:53 PM   #14
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This is not a case of randomly recommending replacing a fuse with a larger one or removing a fuse from a circuit. This is a well known issue with Sprinters:

2010 Starter Fuse (20amp) blown - Sprinter-Forum

www.aev.com/.../SPRINTER%20NO%20CRANK%20NO%20START%20.pdf

Sometimes engineers make mistakes, even the ones at Mercedes.

I know, I'm an engineer!
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:48 PM   #15
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Although the fuse replacement allowed the engine to crank\start, I still question an 11.6v static reading across the battery terminals.
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That bears some looking into. I'm not sure the measurement was taken reliably.

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Old 08-17-2014, 09:32 PM   #17
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Although the fuse replacement allowed the engine to crank\start, I still question an 11.6v static reading across the battery terminals.
Buy one of these, Multifunctional Voltage Tester Voltmeter w/ Dual USB Charging Port for Car - Black + Silver - Free Shipping - DealExtreme works great with no hassel. Check the chassis bat and the house bats through the 12v cigarette lighter/ accessory plugs. Bet your not at 11.6v
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