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Old 11-08-2003, 02:44 PM
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Shifter metallic noise - bushings gone? 91 300E

My shifter in a 91 300E (220K) has developed a "metallic" noise while shifting as it lost its tight feel. I am thinking that there must be some bushing(s) that has(ve) worn out. In addition, while placing the shifter on D, I have to wiggle it for the car to catch D sometimes. Any ideas?
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Old 11-08-2003, 03:05 PM
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Do a search on shift rod bushings.

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Old 11-08-2003, 04:51 PM
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Sounds like the bushings are gone. Just like sixto said, do a search you find more than you will want to know.

As an FYI, they are a royal pain to replace due to limited space, some cars (models) worse than others.

My suggestion, and I know this will make many puke, I cut them. One slice with a razor blade. I roll one end inside itself and then insert into the linkage arm. It doesn't seem to affect longevity or how well they hold or isolate.

Others grind off one side of the lip to help insert, while others use combnations of bolts, flat washers, lube and patience.

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Old 11-08-2003, 05:17 PM
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Be careful to order shifter linkage bushings and not shifter bushings. The two are NOT the same. Don't ask me how I know.

I used vice grips with a quarter duct taped to one side and a 17mm box end wrench on the other with a little lube to force it in.

I wish I had thought of cutting with a razor blade. I don't see how it could affect the operation of the bushing once everything is installed. Should work fine.
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Old 11-08-2003, 10:29 PM
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Thanks for the help! I'll try the razor method. Later.
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Old 11-08-2003, 10:33 PM
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I forgot to add that I oriented the cut so that it was at the top, that way the weight of the linkage and the pushing and pulling would not wear on the cut area.

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Old 11-09-2003, 11:56 AM
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On the 126 replacing the shift linkage bushing , (which I just recently did on my car and took care of the metallic shifting), is a piece of cake. I Just followed the always wonderful photos/instructions given by ThomasPin from his site. The job took no time at all.
From the other replies here It seems like the 124 requires a lot more determination and commitment....

good luck.
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