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Old 08-04-2005, 12:01 PM
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Major Transmission Problem

Transmission on my 300SDL recently died. I was cruising along about 60mph started up a grade and the car slowed. Pressure on the accelerator increased RPMs, but the torque wasn't making its way to the rear wheels. I coasted to the side of the road and stopped. I was able to get the car home less than a mile away in low gear, but I had to rev the engine up and the car would barely move. I've read about the effects of a bad B2 piston, but I don't think that is my problem since reverse does not work either. Fluid level looks OK. Any ideas on what the problem might be? It was shifting OK prior to failure.


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Old 08-04-2005, 12:14 PM
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I cant answer your question, but I'm curious to know how many miles on the tranny, and how often you change tranny fluid?
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Old 08-04-2005, 12:24 PM
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The car has right at 150K miles. service records that came with the car showed fluid change at like 98K miles. It is due for a change. In fact, I had not driven the car since May because 1) I was planning on changing the transmission fluid, filter and cooler lines and 2) The AC does not work that well. I was driving the car that particular day because it was the only vehicle I had available while repairing my truck, which was also broken at the time. It was not a good day.

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