Is your Mercedes-Benz S-Class W221 Completely Dead? Learn how to fix the problem by following the procedures below.


No interior lights were working. Key lock/unlock would not work. We fully charged the starting battery, but that didn’t fix the problem. The starting battery is located in the engine bay on the passenger side.


The problem, in this case, was the accessory battery mounted in the back. The battery will either need to be charged with the trickle charger if it is relatively new or needs replacement. This is a 12-volt battery that is mounted between the rear back seat and the trunk.

To fix this problem, we charged the battery. The battery charger can be connected to the brass pin near the engine bay battery. It will charge the battery behind the rear seat.

charging post
Dead Mercedes S-Class

You will need to remove the long plastic cover and see a thin, tall brass pin. We connected the positive clamp to this pin and the negative clamp to bare metal on the car. Allow the car to charge for at least 5 hours, then try to start it. 

If the car is dead again, you may have a parasitic draw or an auxiliary battery that doesn’t hold a charge.

Be extremely careful when connecting the positive to the brass pin. The pin is very close to the fender, and you may cause a short.

We hope you find the S Class W221 Completely Dead guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Mercedes-Benz.

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