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Old 07-19-2003, 12:39 AM
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Sluggish shifter mechanism 87 300E

My shifter sometimes is slow (2-3 sec) to complete a manual upshift from 3 to D. There is the waiting and a small "clunk" sound in the shifter column then the trans immediatly makes the upshift. It's like something need lubrication in the shifter mechanism. What is the correct way to lube it, if it is supposed to be lubed? I thought about Moly motorcycle chain spray lube in a pressure can, but where should I squirt it.

Anyone have experience along these lines? Help would be appreciated.

Luck to you,

300E 87 196500 miles , AC is a little weak, (R-134a converted)
Trans leaks a little , USES no engine oil in a 3-4K change period !!
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Old 07-19-2003, 10:50 AM
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Gainesville FL
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The external operation of the shift mechanism is real straight forward. If you are not finding the gear I would look to shift bushings and play. If the mechanical position of the gear selector moves and the trans doesn't shift I would look to control pressure cable adjustment or would need some more info.
Steve Brotherton
Continental Imports
Gainesville FL
Bosch Master, ASE Master, L1
33 years MB technician
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Old 07-19-2003, 01:01 PM
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If you hear it or feel it click then immediatly shift, I'd suspect the shift rod bushing on the transmission. Quick way to check is to push the shifter a little bit past D -- if it works immediatly, the bushing is gone. The click is when the tranny lever moves to the detent, it's not being pushed all the way into the correct position by the linkage, and won't upshift until the lever moves the rest of the way by itself.

1972 220D ?? miles
1988 300E 200,012
1987 300D Turbo killed 9/25/07, 275,000 miles
1985 Volvo 740 GLE Turobodiesel 218,000
1972 280 SE 4.5 165, 000 - It runs!
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