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Old 03-05-2009, 12:42 AM
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Smile 79 300sd Reverse Band Adjustment

I know that once upon a time I ran across some great directions for my "slipping" reverse. Can not for the life of me find it now.
Does anyone have the link for the archives?
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Old 03-05-2009, 05:15 AM
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I rarely venture outside the vintage forum so I had to take a look. I found this in the DIY links and resources section which is much farther down than I usually scroll.


1971 250C 114.023 Sadly, it's been sold. I will miss it.
1976 450SEL 116.033 Maybe not so sadly, it's also gone. It was beginning fall apart more than I was willing to put it back together.
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Old 03-05-2009, 09:43 AM
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The thead that is buried in here has some decent pictures:

300D Reverse band bolt
80 300SD (129k mi) 82 240D stick (193k mi)77 240D auto - stick to be (153k mi) 85 380SL (145k mi) 89 BMW 535i 82 Diesel Rabbit Pickup (374k mi) 91 Jetta IDI Diesel (155k mi) 81 VW Rabbit Convertible Diesel 70 Triumph Spitfire Mk III (63kmi)66 Triumph TR4a IRS (90k mi)67 Ford F-100 (??)
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Old 03-05-2009, 10:07 AM
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Adjust it gently and gradually. Don't do it like I did. I cranked it in until I felt about 10 ftlbs resistance. Jumped into the beast threw it into reverse and away it went. Aha!, sez I, slipped it into drive and went for a short spin. Short indeed! When the tranny shifted into final drive it slipped into reverse at the same time!

Took a week for the swelling in my lips to go down. Those steering wheels are hard!

Backed the adjuster off about a turn and a half and it's all better!
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Old 03-05-2009, 03:26 PM
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Thanks for the speedy replies, this forum is the best!
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:00 PM
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I'm leery of auto trannies so I had my buddy who runs an Merz. Indie shop , adjust it for me on SWMBO's '82 240D ~ he held the bolt whilst he loosened the locknut , then he turned the bolt in by hand until he reached apx. 10 # then he backed the bolt off by 1/2 turn .

It's been shifting fine ever since and that was two years ago if not longer , this on a daily commuter and we take it on long road trips a few times a year too...

I really need to have him rebuild it is it drips a fair bit and uses a pint of ATF per 200 miles when on long , boring desert trips when I don't slow down for hours at a time .
1982 240D creampuff 370,000 miles
1978 300CD back from the dead&1980 300CD 90K Miles ICE COLD AC ~ SOLD
1984 300CD KEEPER ! 426,XXX miles
1984 Euro 300TD Fully optioned SWMBO's
1974 350SLC 4 speed stickshift SOLD & missed
Krazy Kommie Ural Motos (3)
BMW Motos /5's SOLD
1959 VW #113 Deuxe Beetle, 36hp engine, stock
Junk, Rust
Arthritis, Crushed Spine,Broken Neck&Back
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