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Old 01-10-2002, 11:24 AM
JimSmith JimSmith is offline
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Old Lyme, Connecticut
Posts: 3,596

I looked a little closer at the way the handle on my 300E fits on the shift lever, and found a lead thread peeking out from under the handle. So I twisted the handle a little harder in the unscrewing direction and it started turning. No lock nut, but as the thread started showing there was a large defect on the thread on the shaft about half way down the threaded length. Once the handle got over this it screwed off with little effort. I changed the boot, and screwed it back on, and, if you screw it all the way down, it faces in the right direction and gets good and tight. I think there was a lock nut once upon a time, but someone lost it and used the disturbed thread to lock the handle instead. Sorry for being so obtuse. And thanks for the help, Jim
1986 Euro 190E 2.3-16 (291,000 miles),
1998 E300D TurboDiesel, 231,000 miles -purchased with 45,000,
1988 300E 5-speed 252,000 miles,
1983 240D 4-speed, purchased w/136,000, now with 222,000 miles.
2009 ML320CDI Bluetec, 89,000 miles

1971 220D (250,000 miles plus, sold to father-in-law),
1975 240D (245,000 miles - died of body rot),
1991 350SD (176,560 miles, weakest Benz I have owned),
1999 C230 Sport (45,400 miles),
1982 240D (321,000 miles, put to sleep)
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