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Old 05-20-2006, 09:39 PM
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AT starting out in second gear ? 1983 300SD

I just purchased a 1983 300SD . The automatic transmission seems to start out in 2nd but down shifts to first and runs through the gears fine . Where do I start with troubleshooting and fix the problem ? - Thanks

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Old 05-20-2006, 10:30 PM
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I have read on here that it is normal...but I think it was for a 190d. Not sure one your model. I say search a bit though...i'll try to find that 190 post...

But it was easier on the engine or tranny or something...I forget...but it wasn't a was supposed to be like that.

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Old 05-20-2006, 10:32 PM
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mine also starts out in second but it will start out in first if you drop it into L
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Old 05-20-2006, 10:33 PM
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Mine sits in second at a dead stop, then drops to first as soon as you hop on the pedal. Why? I do not know. I'd rather have it sit in first... I may swap in an extra SDL valve body I have into my SD. Shift points will be just a tad higher only at WOT.
I'm not a doctor, but I'll have a look.

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Old 05-20-2006, 10:34 PM
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Several folks have noticed this on occasion.

I have noticed it on occasion on the SDL.

I don't believe that it's normal. However, I'm at a loss as to the cause. It might be as simple as the Bowden cable being slightly's just a WAG.

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