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Old 06-20-2011, 05:42 PM
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park= reverse

My gear shift selector has always felt sloppy. It recently started to go into reverse when I put it unto park. I have to put it into L to get it into drive and have to do that a few times to get it into drive (it wants to stay in reverse).

Fortunately the NSS does not know it's in reverse or drive and I can start the engine in reverse or drive.

What am I up against? Linkag adjustment (if there is one)? worn bushings? Where should I start tearing into? From the console shifter, or from the bottom?.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:45 PM
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looks like your linkages are out of adjustment. I had this sort of happen when I pulled apart the valve body in the cabriolet.Didn't put the shift rod in correctly and I had an issue like yours
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:52 PM
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I would say a combination of your linkages being out of adjustment and worn shifter bushings.
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Sounds like worn shift linkage bushings. For some reason, Fastlane didn't list them for the '83 300D. However, here is what they look like on the '84 300SD: http://catalog.peachparts.com/ShopByVehicle.epc?q=1984-Mercedes--Benz-300sd-Transmission&yearid=1984%40%401984&makeid=63%40%40MERCEDES+BENZ%40%40X&modelid=6208%3AED%7C10000134%3AMBC%7C1510%40%40300SD&catid=241185%40%40Transmission&subcatid=241303@@AT+Shift+Linkage+Bushing&mode=PD You may need to call Phil and see if they are the same.
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Old 06-25-2011, 06:29 PM
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I've been leaving it in drive (no reverse or any other gear). The shifter has no resistance at all. I took a look underneath where the lever attaches to the transmission on driver's side and took pic below. The lever is loose relative to the shifter shaft on the transmission! Is there a part missing? Does anyone have the part? How about a link to an exploded view? Hard to see what's up in there, it's pretty tight access.



Cleaned it off with brake clean and took more pics



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Your missing the bolt and nut that holds the linkage to the tranny
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:21 AM
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Its m6 by about 30. Washer on both sides so it doesnt fall in slot.
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:36 AM
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I haven't taken a closer look at it yet. Is the shift rod on the transmission splined? Keyed? Is there a retainer grove in the rod to lock the bolt in? Is the OEM nut a nyloc type?

I suppose this is the handi work of the shop that rebuilt the transmission (before I bought it). Shortly after I bought it I got stranded (due to a loose ground strap). It had only one starter mounting bolt, 2 engine to transmission bolts, one was bent and the other one was loose!
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:31 PM
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Found a bolt long enough. Had to mess with the gear selector to line up the lever and the transmission shift rod, which are both keyed. I have P, R,N,R,D again and it's associated detents. The only detent I can't get it to stay in is L. What do I have to do to adjust it?
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