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Old 06-13-2008, 02:16 PM
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W123 Trans issue

Hello all....I have a transmission problem looking for your input.

The car is: 1983 300DT 49 state car 4 speed auto.

The trouble is: when I manually shift down from drive into second/third and then try to shift back to drive I either have to go to neutral then back to drive or put counter clockwise pressure on the stick to get back to drive. If I don't do one of these the car remains in second/third.

My first guess is this would be nothing more than a linkage issue. What do you all think?

Thanks for your time.

Bill

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Old 06-13-2008, 02:18 PM
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Get underneath the car and make sure the bushings are still good, and the linkage isn't bent.
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Old 06-13-2008, 02:56 PM
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How much do you have to move the lever to change each gear?

That'll tell you if your bushings are bad.

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Old 06-13-2008, 03:39 PM
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The lever shouldn't have play in it and the shifter should line up in the gates with the correct gears. I'd guess bushings also. They're cheap (less than $2 ea.), but they aren't easy to get to (on a W124, at least).

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