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Old 10-22-2002, 10:00 AM
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W210 E430 Shifter Linkage Bushing?

My shifter seems to be out of postition when in gears. For example, when in 4th, the shifter seems to be in between 4th and 3rd. Is this the shifter linkage bushing? Is this a possible DIY and what does the job entail? Any parts necessary oris it just an adjustment. Thanks.
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Old 10-23-2002, 12:03 AM
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Go to the dealer, pay $88 hour for a $4 part like me. Kidding aside, unless you have a lift at home, dont try to do this because it is not a diyer. DO a search.
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Old 10-23-2002, 10:39 AM
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I replaced the shifter bushing on my 1998 E300 (w210 chassis w/ 722.6 transmission - same as your car) a month or two ago. Super easy job. You just need to "tilt" the car up - put one jackstand under the front lifting rubber, another under the rear. You can then wiggle underneath to access the shift mechanism.

The old bushing was completely gone. I used a bolt with two washers to start the new bushing into the shifter. Once started it can be pressed in with your fingers. No disassembly is required to access the shifter, though it's a bit tight because of the heat shield below the exhaust system.

Total time was 30 minutes, total cost was $1.25 for the part (dealer pricing, ackkk...)

- Jim
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