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Old 03-19-2000, 09:07 PM
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Hello Everyone,
I am having a problem with my car when I put the transmission in reverse. When I put it in reverse the car will start to go backwards like it is in the reverse gear but if I step on the accelerator the engine revs up but the speed does not until it hits a point then it jerks the car when it catches. I checked the transmission fluid and it is at the correct place on the dip stick. It first happened when I was on a hill facing downward. I put the car in reverse and it did not want to back up the hill so I stepped on the accelerator and it finally engaged with a jerking motion. Does anyone have any ideas?


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Old 03-20-2000, 09:24 PM
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You should have this checked soon!! You have a problem that will worsen if not dealt with promply.

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Old 03-20-2000, 10:41 PM
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Unfortunately the number one pattern failure of that trans is reverse clutch failure.

Have it serviced and the clutch material in the pan or not will tell the story.

Steve Brotherton
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Old 03-26-2000, 07:57 PM
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I am having the same problem with my sl600 any recommendations should I go back to dealer or use an independent shop. Any shop recommendations in Baltimore, Md.
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Old 03-26-2000, 08:14 PM
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This sounds like the reverse servo valve in the valve body is sticking and comes free with increased RPM and feed oil pressure. If it engages with a bang and no further slippage is evident then you are well on the way to cooking the clutch pack. Take the advice of the other guys. Get it checked now. Benzmac is right. This kind of thing only gets worse.

Jeff L
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Old 03-27-2000, 08:37 PM
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yeah sorry i got ur email today i havent been on for a while... I had the same prob on my 93 300SE it was reverse servo valve.. it cost about 200 at a local shop... but the prob came back after a couple months.. then the tranny went so i got it rebuilt for about 3k dont know if it was a reasonable price but i had no choice.,,, hope the replacement of the servo is good enough for u.... good luckkk
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Old 03-29-2000, 04:26 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. I will take it in this week and let you know how it turns out.


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