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Old 12-22-2002, 07:51 PM
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Location: Clearwater, FL
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Sloppy Shifter

The shifter in my '88 300SE seems to be getting very clunky when I move the shifter between Park, Reverse, Nuetral, Drive, etc. I think it's linkage related - but I'm not sure. My fear is that one day I won't be able to get it into Park and hence be able to start the vehicle.

Any thoughts out there on what the problem may be??

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Old 12-22-2002, 08:05 PM
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Location: Soperton, Ga. USA
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Couple different places that the bushings wear. Put the car on ramps and climb underneath with a flash light. Look at the rod that goes to the side of the tranny to the bottom of the rod from the shifter location. There are plastic/nylon bushings at each end. When these wear it does get sloppy. I am working on an SD model now that has a pretty sloppy feeling shifter. When I took a look at it this evening I found the slop to be in the shifter bushing itself. I am going to have to get out my parts picture to ascertain the exact bushing that is worn on this one. The bushings at the ends of the rod looked good.
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Old 12-23-2002, 07:22 PM
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Location: Jax, FL
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Bushings are it!

Cheap fix. If you do it yourself. Less than $10.
'86 300E
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