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Old 08-27-2016, 02:53 PM
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Why is my '91 300CE starting out in 1st gear?

My car seems to start out most of the time in 1st gear - leads to a lurching, hesitant start and then a quick, hard shift in to 2nd - sometimes even causing the tires to slightly squeal. This car has the 722.359 transmission, so I know it's supposed to start in 2nd - what should I be checking?


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Old 08-27-2016, 03:21 PM
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Physically sticking "kickdown" switch underneath the pedal. I hear that can cause this type of behavior.
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Old 08-29-2016, 12:23 PM
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lube throttle linkage and pivot for kickdown cable

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