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Old 06-16-2003, 11:43 PM
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Transmission Question 1985 280SE

I have a 280SE 1985. I am not sure, but when shifting through the gears (automatic), it seams like it should have four gears.....but I am only noticing three. Should there be four shifts? Also, If I accelerate very hard, it stays in the low gear until I stop and put it in reverse. Then if I shift carefully through the gears, everything is fine. Is there an adjustment that I can make and how many shifts should I notice?


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Old 06-17-2003, 08:31 AM
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That car has a 4 speed transmission, so you should feel 3 shifts.

Under normal driving you may feel only 2 shifts as that car shoul start in 2nd unless you shift manually OR accelerate briskly.
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Old 06-17-2003, 05:55 PM
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The Transmission fluid was low. When I added fluid it made a big difference, however, it is leaking. What next?

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