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Old 05-21-2004, 03:25 AM
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380SE transmission - sudden failure to shift !

Auto: 1984 380SE, 234000 miles, Auto 'box shifting problem.

Question: what can go wrong with the auto box - from one day to the next or over just a few (less than 100) miles - to make it so it doesn't shift properly / stay in first upto say, 40mph ? What circumstances could lead to this - very hard driving / abuse / whatever - any suggestions ? What effect does a low fluid level have on tranny operation ?

Any feedback greatly appreciated......


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Old 05-23-2004, 05:47 PM
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It sounds like a stuck kick down switch under the gas pedal, unplug it, a stuck Bowden cable can also give the same symptoms.
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Old 05-25-2004, 06:34 PM
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Thanks - I'll check.
Is it feasible that a lead-footed driver could damage this switch ?
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