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Old 04-03-2003, 10:40 PM
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1994 Mercedes c220's transmission.

Dear friends:

My 1994 Mercedes c220 has a strange problem with its automatic transmission. Whenever the car is started (either cold or hot) and driven, the transmission seems to get stuck at gear 1 or 2
unless I try to increase its RPM to about 2800. Once the RPM reaches 2800, the transmission shifts perfectly well at all gears afterwards. It that a normal behavior for Mercedes 722.4 transmission?

Does my car's automatic transmission has some modulator that can be tweaked to improve shifting behavior?

Thank you very much for your help.

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Old 04-03-2003, 11:40 PM
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This is normal behaviour, but only when the car is cold started. Sounds like this feature is malfunctioning.
John Shellenberg
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Old 04-04-2003, 11:07 AM
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It is called "up-shift delay" and is a feature to help warm up the
cats during the start enrichment. When your car is cold it should
wind the gears out for a minute or two. when the car is warm
to kinda warm, it should delay shifting for around 30-45 seconds.
This keeps the revs up to warm up the emissions equipment faster. Normal condition.
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Old 04-04-2003, 03:45 PM
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Thanks a lot Blackmercedes and DR.DIESEL for your helpful replies. DR. DIESEL's description is exactly as my car's behavior.

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