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Old 08-27-2001, 12:23 PM
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Question 300SDLHard Shifting @ Slow Speeds After 2 months storage

I recently got my 300SDL out of the garage after 2months of storage at my weekend house, I took it back to Houston and left my new one in the garage. Upon driving back home I was in traffic and I noticed that the shifting was more noticeable, hard, I know that Mercedes don't have the smoothest shifting trannys, this is my 3rd Mercedes, but I swear mine shifts harder after sitting up. But when I hit the gas pedal and the turbo engages you cant hardly even feel the changing gears, its shifts perfectly Its only at slow speeds that I feel the Harsh shifting. The car has 180k but it also has about a 2 year old Mercedes Reman Transmission. The fluid appears to be clean but it looks like their is a little much fluid now that I have checked it myself, being I usually take the car in for service, I want to have it changed but I hear horror stories about people that change it and their transmission problems worsen? why is that? Also I called a knowledgeable friend he said something about drive shaft plates, or center carrier bearing or possibly a Vacuum Trouble, which being a diesel he was almost certain that that was the problem? So please advise me change fluid? Maybe my new Toyota's the trouble because I cant even tell when the truck changes gears unless I look at the tach....

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Old 08-30-2001, 11:24 AM
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I would bet con the vacuum trouble.

My previous 300TD had problems shifting hard and it turned out be vacuum related.

The problem is that they are hard to pinpoint and requires the right tools and lots of patience.

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