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Old 06-18-2003, 12:25 AM
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'80 300SD won't go into PARK

Wife had car out and noticed the gear shift lever would not go into PARK when the car was stopped and the engine was running. As soon as the engine is shut off, the lever will go into PARK.

Anybody else experience this problem or know why it has happened or how to fix it? Tha car has about 245,000 miles and had a rebuilt transmission about 50,000 miles ago.

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Old 06-18-2003, 09:52 PM
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I'd look at the engine mounts -- if one is separated, you might have a physical obstruction to lever or linkage movement. There is no hydraulic reason the linkage won't move from reverse to park that I know of (unlike my old Oldsmobile Rotomatic, where low and reverse were hydraulically locked out about 30 mph -- and usually also by misadjustment of the internal linkage!)

1972 220D ?? miles
1988 300E 200,012
1987 300D Turbo killed 9/25/07, 275,000 miles
1985 Volvo 740 GLE Turobodiesel 218,000
1972 280 SE 4.5 165, 000 - It runs!
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Old 06-19-2003, 02:21 AM
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I'll have to get under it and see what I can find. Its no show stopper, but strange how as soon as the engine is stopped it goes into PARK easily. This is the first time car was used this year and the first time the no go into PARK has happened.

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Old 08-08-2006, 08:07 PM
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Did you ever find out why? My wife's car is doing the same thing.. except that her's won't go into reverse OR park until the engine has been shut off. Frank
'85 white 300SD - "YCAGWYW" as in: "You Can't Awlays Get What You Want."
'85 gold 300D - "Pain"..for sale, as in..Anyone want to date my Ex-wife... I'll Pay !!
'83 300td - "Tumblin" as in "Dice"
'81 black 300TD Fenix, risen and sold, now residing in NJ
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