MERCEDES-BENZ A-CLASS, Model year 2012
The starting current limiter could be overloaded during the starting procedure under certain conditions. If the starter cannot turn due to previous damage (e.g. engine damage due to water ingestion damage), an extremely high electric current would flow through the starting current limiter during the next starting procedure. If repeated start attempts were to be made, despite the engine not turning, the starting current limiter could overheat as a result of the extremely high electric current. In a worst-case scenario, surrounding component parts could be ignited as a result, thus sparking a fire.
What to do
Contact your local Mercedes-Benz service outlet.
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