Sprinter Limited Start Issues: What to Know

Dashboard lights and error messages are often the banes of our existence as vehicle owners. A vague check engine light can mean a number of different things — those of us without scan tools or car repair knowledge can be left with a spinning head trying to figure out what's going on.

If you or your company owns a Sprinter van, chances are you have experienced a start error or two. While these errors certainly can be causes of concern and point to issues that need to be addressed in your vehicle, there's no need to panic — a little education can go a long way.

Here at Burdi Motorworks, we have extensive experience identifying, diagnosing and repairing these vehicles and thus know a thing or two about Sprinter start errors. Let's take a look at what these start errors might entail to get a better understanding of what's at play.

Sprinter Van Start Errors: A Brief Overview

If you or your drivers have ever turned the key in a Sprinter van only to see a message reading “start error” on the instrument dashboard, you've likely experienced some frustration trying to figure out what's up.

There are a number of reasons why you may have received this message:

  • Malfunctioning or bad immobilizer box
  • Poor battery connection
  • Start key transmitter issues
  • Bad fuse

Additionally, you may notice a “start countdown” alert indicating how many starts your driver has left until the vehicle is not able to start again. Like the “start error” message, this too can have multiple causes, but it is often the result of a bad NOx sensor.

If you are not an experienced Mercedes-Benz engine mechanic, we strongly recommend you trust your diagnosis and repair to a seasoned technician who has extensive knowledge of these systems. Attempting to remedy the “start error” issue yourself as a novice can result in failure, lost time and a money drain. In addition, it introduces the possibility that you may cause damage to another component in your Sprinter van, further increasing repair costs and taking away critical time and resources from your business.

Burdi Motorworks: Your Chicagoland Source for Sprinter Start Error Fault Repair

Burdi Motorworks, an independent Mercedes-Benz repair clinic, is fully qualified to address a Sprinter start error fix. We are conveniently located in Schiller Park, IL, just north of the city of Chicago and O'Hare International Airport. Our founder, Carmine Burdi, is an expert Mercedes-Benz/Sprinter mechanic with over forty years of experience. Carmine has entrusted the operation of Burdi Motorworks to his sons, Carmine and Vince, who have upheld the family tradition of quality workmanship and caring customer service.

Don't just take our word for it, though — read what some of our satisfied clients have had to say about our services. We're confident that we'll be able to provide your Sprinter van with the care and attention it needs to operate in optimal condition. Contact us today.