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Old 08-25-2008, 03:33 PM
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noise from under gearshift lever

i have a 96 E320 with 160,000 mi and there is a rattling noise coming from underneath the gearshift lever. it starts when in drive and the gas pedal is pressed. it stops when the car stops. anyone have any ideas?
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Old 08-25-2008, 04:10 PM
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Check the shifter bushing. Is found beneath the car connecting shifter to linkage.
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Old 08-25-2008, 04:37 PM
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Terry, does the gear shift lever feel sloppy when you also get the rattling noise? or can you get the noise before the lever feels sloppy.
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Old 08-25-2008, 05:06 PM
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Terry, does the gear shift lever feel sloppy when you also get the rattling noise? or can you get the noise before the lever feels sloppy.
A bad shifter bushing can cause some slop in addition to rattles.

Its a very hard (green?) rubber material. Cheap and relatively easy to replace once the belly pan is off.
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Old 08-26-2008, 12:53 AM
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thanks to all answers. turns out coupler was loose on driveshaft and needed to be tightened
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Old 09-28-2008, 10:42 AM
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Hello, I'm getting the same noise from the shift lever in my 99 E300., I noticed it last night, and it starts at around 1800 rpm, and stops at 2000 rpm, can you tell me how exactly did you fix this? thanks.
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