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  • P.T.Le
    P.T.Le - 2001 Mercedes Benz E320 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/18/2010
  • txmarshall
    txmarshall - 1988 Mercedes Benz 300SEL - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/16/2010
    Is second gear start mormal for this models trans?
    My 88 300 SEL's gear selector has P-N-D-3-2 .Know trans is a 4 speed,but when I start off in Drive trans only shifts twice(2nd to 3rd then to Drive)If I press accelarator quickly over half way at start trans down shifts to 1st then fast up shift to2nd then 3rdthen ...
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      The No answer is correct but my suspicion is that the transmission is slipping due to low fluid or contamination, bad torque converter or worst transmission bands problem that may require an overhauling.
  • txmarshall
    txmarshall - 1988 Mercedes Benz 300SEL - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/12/2010
    Hey There HouseCallAuto. Got A Minute?
    Could you take a look at my question..."Is 2nd gear start normal for this models trans? It's in Mercedes benz Questions.. Hopeing you might know.
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/12/2010 HouseCallAuto
      tx, I'm not very knowledgeable about transmission problems and this being a MB makes it all that much difficult. But no, starting in 2nd gear is definitely not normal. You need a tranny guy that knows MB, not just any guy. Sorry I cannot help you more with this. Try a battery disconnect for a few minutes and then see if the same.
  • vedo
    vedo - 1999 Mercedes Benz C280 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/12/2010
    How to check transmision fluid level
    • justins1stchoice
      12/11/2010 justins1stchoice
      you have to have a specail dip stick to check the fluid level, you can purchase it at mercades, if i remember right it was around 90 dollars.
    • txmarshall
      12/12/2010 txmarshall
      Usually the car manufacturer will throw in a dip stick just before it leaves the factory.I know all the cars I ever bought had one.So if your car has one you can probably find at the rear of engine on passengers side.start car,let it warm to normal opperating temp. with engine running,pull dip stick out,wipe it clean with rag,put it back in tube making sure it goes in as far as it can,then pull it back out look at bottom of D. stick,there's a line that shows where fluidlevel should be when full if fluid on stick not to line,ad fluidin dip stick tube using funnel till fluid reaches line on stick. Thats all there is to it!!!Have Fun
  • jeff
    jeff - 1990 Mercedes Benz 300E - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/9/2010
    Valve cover gasket need to be repace
  • dick
    dick - 2002 Mercedes Benz SLK320 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/8/2010
    Why does my transmission pan gasket keep leaking
    it has been replaced twice by the dealer
    • yboy82
      12/8/2010 yboy82
      When the dealership replaced your transmission pan and its gasket did they also replace your bolt or nuts in your transmission pan? It is possible that the thread of the bolts or nuts is already worn or damaged that’s why your oil pan keeps leaking even if your pan is new and its gasket because the bolts/nuts that secures your oil pan in your transmission is weak.
  • mercbenz
    mercbenz - 1998 Mercedes Benz CL500 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/8/2010
    1998 benz cl500. Has numerous lights on, check engine etc, car runs but wont shift. All gages off
    I just bought this car and driven about 400 miles with three short stops. At half full I decided to fill up at a station that had low price gaz. I turned off engine and gazed up. When finished I started the car and many warning lights came on including check engine ...
    • Autobahn
      12/8/2010 Autobahn
      Approximate cost is quite impossible to predict now because we havent seen the codes yet, for the scanning, go to autozone to get it scanned for free, post the codes here, then we will be able to assist you better.

      Have you solved this concern yet by the way?
  • amiram kolizky
    amiram kolizky - 1996 Mercedes Benz S320 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/8/2010
    Transmissons delade engagmenl
    revares delaede engagment
  • ken
    ken - 2001 Mercedes Benz E430 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/7/2010
    My car seems to slip out of gear when accelerating
    my local garage told me it could be something to do with a sensor, help!
      3 primary things make a transmission slip.Torque converter failure,the internal clearances between your steel plates & friction disks may be too much and instead of grabbing when the piston is applied they "slip". Less common, but not unheard of is a stuck valve in the valve body. It may only actuate part way.
  • Kathleen Wheeler
    Kathleen Wheeler - 1997 Mercedes Benz C230 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/2/2010
    Why won't the car shift out of low gear?
    The car will not shift out of low gear.
    • darkmind
      12/2/2010 darkmind
      What have you done so far to fix your vehicle? Did you already check your transmission shift cable and bracket? Also a defective/damaged main control separator plate/main control solenoid can also cause it. If possible diagnose your vehicle with a scan tool to determine if you have a stored trouble code and to check if all your electrical controls and sensors in your transmission are working fine.
  • wjeffcoat
    wjeffcoat - 1989 Mercedes Benz 560SL - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/26/2010
    Car develops a vibration in engine or transmission area when engine is accelerated to 1900 rpm's.
    Auto begins viabrations appx. 1,900 rpm until 2,400 to 2,500 rpm's. The viabrations develop whether static or moving. SL 560 has 160,000 miles. Runs very good. In effort to stop viabrations, mechanics have replaced engine mounts, universal joints (?) and have ...
      11/24/2010 MOONSTER_TOOLZ
      Vehicle vibration is one of the difficult to diagnose because it occur in any driving conditions and caused by various faults. Engine vibration is may be caused by a belt-driven accessory, or a gear-driven component that is out-of-round, out-of-balance. It can also be caused by piston slap, excessive valve lash, excessive bearing clearances, deformation of parts under stress, crankshaft and camshaft deformations, etc. Other than that are vibrations caused by normal engine operating characteristics such as: cylinders firing events, rocking motions, crankshaft deflection, exhaust pulsations, etc. All engines have vibrations which are a normal part of the engine running; however, they should not be felt in the passenger compartment. I to check the clearances of the engine parts that may require an engine overhaul. Pulleys have to be checked also including the flywheel performance and harmonic balancer.
    • wjeffcoat
      11/26/2010 wjeffcoat
      Thanks for your answer. It sounds like it may be " to much candy for a nickel"., in other words, more work than it's worth.
  • cbqmein
    cbqmein - 2006 Mercedes Benz C230 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/25/2010
    What electrical part helps your transmission work?
    car down shifts into manual shifting mode while driving in automatic mode.
    0 answer
  • Tina Clark
    Tina Clark - 1995 Mercedes Benz E320 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/23/2010
    Why does car go into all gears except Reverse?
    150, 000 miles If possible, please reply today (Nov 23rd)
    • Autobahn
      11/23/2010 Autobahn
      For no reverse gear concerns, it can be any of the following:

      Improper fluid level, the transmission shift cable broken or mis-adjusted, fluid filter damaged or plugged, improper band/clutch application pressure, main control assembly gaskets damaged or bolt out of torque, main control separator plate damaged, pump assembly bolts out of specifications, reverse clutch burnt, worn, or leaking, direct/reverse servo piston seal cut/leaking.

      Dont be surprised though if you alreasdy need to replace your tranny or get it overhauled.
  • Ramigon
    Ramigon - 1998 Mercedes Benz ML320 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/14/2010
    Changing replacing automatic transmission fluid is not necessary for this vehicle?
    If changing automatic transmission fluid is recommended or required, how often (miles)?
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Yes, your transmission fluid will wear with time and its efficiency will become less. Normally, every 60,000 miles but others do it earlier as a precaution. Your manual dictates how many mileage it will require to change the transmission fluid.
    • Sam
      11/14/2010 Sam
      How can I check tranny fluid in 1998 Mercedes ML320?
  • joljol
    joljol - 1996 Mercedes Benz E320 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/12/2010
    Gear is not shifting into 5th gear intermitently.
    0 answer