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Old 12-21-2015, 05:39 PM
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R320 7G-tronic service bulletin?

2008 R320 CDI with 7G-tronic

Does anyone have info on a service bulletin about this transmission slipping?

Mine started to shudder last summer, got the fluid changed, shudder went away. Now it's back, my indie can reproduce the problem, and now MB dealer says the same.

They say: "Our leach Tech with transmission issues cannot find one fault with your transmission. All the clutch values internally are all within spec. There are no stored fault codes. And same with the rattle noise. Everything is solid with no noise at this time.He feels as if there is no need to dive into the issue at this time. Possibly have to wait for it to get worse. Or do a overnight test drive."

It shudders from about 35-45 mph with moderate power, like when getting on freeway, or pulling out in front of traffic. You have to give it power/torque to just before it downshifts. It goes away after the downshift.

I'm pretty sure I've read about slipping and a service bulletin about a software update.

I need to tow my boat!

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Old 12-21-2015, 07:44 PM
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With the description you give, it sounds like torsional vibration not slippage.

Search for the following " Sprinter RSN ( Rumble Strip Noise ) " , " 722.6 torque converter drag " " Sonnax 722.6 torque converter fix ". Yes, I know the 722.6 is the 5 speed just prior to yours but the principles are the same.

Also try these. 722.6, 722.9 - Sonnax

My MB E320 Sedan Story, a.k.a.

Mercedes 722.6: Cold Stall/TCC Shudder, Part 1 - Sonnax

Mercedes 722.6: Cold Stall/TCC Shudder, Part 2 - Sonnax

Torsional vibration is like driving a standard shift in too high of a gear / engine RPM too low. In your case, what happens is the torque converter clutch could be dragging / being commanded to apply at too high a percentage of lockup causing the shudder. These lockups are modulated from 0 to 95% of lockup rather than an on / off arrangement. If the dealer scan tool could reduce the amount of torque converter lockup that would be great but I don't know if that is possible.

You need to drive the car with a tech in the passenger seat. The techs might have a slightly different driving style and sometimes it takes a very narrow set of circumstances to uncover the shudder.

The new fluid may have had a different friction coefficient and been more slippery allowing for less TC lockup. Now that the fluid has been used for a while it is more grippy resulting in greater lockup %.

A work around would be to apply less or more throttle to stay out of the vibration range. Less throttle = less load , more throttle = downshift / less lockup.

I have a 97 SL320 and 97 C280 that exhibit torsional vibration at light throttle in the same speed range. In general the transmission won't damage itself other than in the very very long term the hammering could take some life out of the drive train.
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Old 12-21-2015, 08:24 PM
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I've never seen software fix a shudder in a 722.9. It sounds like your torque converter is failing. Seen it more than once. The problem is that if it has enough mileage to beat a converter the rest of the trans isn't far behind. The .9 series just isn't that long lived of a box. My advice is trade it for a similar vintage Jeep. You get to keep the 642 engine and get a .6 series behind it.

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Old 12-22-2015, 11:58 AM
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Textbook description of TC lock-up issue. First step should be to FLUSH the transmission and cooler. Simply changing the fluid may help in the near term but flushing should do the trick........
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Old 12-22-2015, 01:49 PM
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Thanks for the replies.

They did two software updates and report the problem solved. It did do some funky stuff on the drive home but I'll give it time to settle down before I call them back.

Not sure how to force them to look at the torque converter. My third party warranty says it covers torque converters. But dealer needs to specify that it needs replaced.

They told me a rattle my indie diagnosed at exhaust related is a leaking injector. Tech said to replace soon or something he called Black Death is likely. I don't know much about these newer diesels. Not like it's a 617 or 603 or something.

My indie has missed a few things so far, and they are a highly regarded MB shop.

I got 2015 GLK350 loaner, seemed nice. Would like a diesel but I understand they're around 50k!
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Old 12-22-2015, 01:50 PM
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I need to toe my 18' boat across town soon, think I'm ok?

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