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Old 05-01-2002, 09:46 AM
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Location: Charlotte, NC
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Squeak noise near shift selector

I have a 1991 420 SEL with about 75,000 miles. Recently started a squeaking noise around the area of the selector lever while driving. If I put hand pressure on the lever, the noise stops. It's driving me nuts!! I'm sure that it needs a drop of lubricant somewhere in that area.

I already removed the center console around the selector lever and oiled up the base of the lever, but to no avail. Still squeaks..

I also have the maintenance information on CD ROM, but cannot find anything dealing with the assembly of the transmission selector lever or anything in that area that would give me a clue as to where to lubricate.

Any ideas anyone?????

Other than that, I love this car...

Bob Irving
Charlotte, NC
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Old 05-01-2002, 10:34 AM
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There is one (or more) plastic shifter bushings that is causing the squeak. I had the same thing happen years ago on my W124 (and holding the lever suppressed the squeak).

The bushing(s) should be inexpensive. Had it done by the dealer then, so I can't tell you how to go about the repair...sorry.
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Old 05-01-2002, 11:02 AM
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Simple fix...

This thread should be on point for you:

Shifter bushings -- walk me through this DIY

Good luck!


'91 300E, 210k miles
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