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Old 11-02-2004, 09:03 AM
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Reverse problem

On my 89 300SEL I have started to have problems in the reverse. The reverse does not engage immediately. The car shakes as it is backing and after some time depending on how far I backup the reverse is smooth. The transmission is very smooth in all forward gears.

Any ideas what to check.

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Old 11-02-2004, 12:52 PM
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Old 11-02-2004, 03:07 PM
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The reverse clutch is shot. Time for another one.
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Old 11-02-2004, 03:33 PM
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Thanks for the reply. Does this mean time for a new transmission.
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Old 11-02-2004, 03:35 PM
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I experienced a similar problem in an 84 500 SEC. A brief delay, a bit of shudder, followed by engagement and normal operation . My problem dissapeared after a fluid/filter change. I am often frustrated by replies to posts that offer such simplistic an possibly invalid answers, however, I did nothing other than the above and now the automobile engages immediately and without incident in reverse. I was recently speaking to a transmission specialist with forty years of experience and he mentioned to me that he is still quite often surprised by the ways in which a transmission can surprise you. Good luck.
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Old 11-02-2004, 03:42 PM
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Your description of the problem is more acurate than my original description. The car does exactly that delay brief shudder and engage. It is worth the advice, I will change the fluid/filter and hope for the miracle cure.

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