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Posted 2/12/2013 9:01 AM
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Automatic Transmission Gear Shift Lever Loose

On my 500GE, the transmission gear shift lever feels loose, as if a rubber bushing is no longer providing a "cushioning" effect when I move the shift lever through the gears.

What normally causes this? On other Mercedes cars, I know there is a shift bushing of some sort that goes bad that is an easy and inexpensive fix.

Thanks for the help and advice in advance.

Edited by H1LM002G55 2/12/2013 9:02 AM
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Posted 2/12/2013 10:19 AM
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Re: Automatic Transmission Gear Shift Lever Loose

You can try the very Inexpensive Repair of the Shifter Link Bushings. It's only a few bucks.

I know your transmission is Different, but here is a "Ball-Park" Idea of How-To:

http://www.pointedthree.com/disc/forums/showthread.php?tid=13412&po...

You can Heat the Bushing, Use a Lube, or these special pliers to Pop the Nylon bushing in:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mercedes-Transmission-Shifter-Bushing-Plier...

This nifty tool was designed by a MB Tech. It makes the Insertion a Snap! I love mine.

G
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Posted 2/17/2013 6:22 PM
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Re: Automatic Transmission Gear Shift Lever Loose

G-AMG - 2/12/2013 10:19 PM

You can try the very Inexpensive Repair of the Shifter Link Bushings. It's only a few bucks.

I know your transmission is Different, but here is a "Ball-Park" Idea of How-To:

http://www.pointedthree.com/disc/forums/showthread.php?tid=13412&po...

You can Heat the Bushing, Use a Lube, or these special pliers to Pop the Nylon bushing in:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mercedes-Transmission-Shifter-Bushing-Plier...

This nifty tool was designed by a MB Tech. It makes the Insertion a Snap! I love mine.

G


Hi G-AMG,

Are these photos from your 2004 G? I may be experiencing the same symptoms on my 2003. Would you have the part number of the replacement bushings?

Thanks
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Posted 2/17/2013 6:36 PM
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RE: Automatic Transmission Gear Shift Lever Loose

The nylon can be very hard (not plyable).

There are two tricks to deal with this. One is to use a cup of boiling hot water. Place the bushing in the water for a minute, then it will slide on a lot easier.

Another method I've used is a V cut in the bushing. Once the bushing is on, it wont go anywhere.

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Re: Automatic Transmission Gear Shift Lever Loose

Shifter bushing part number: 115-992-03-10. cheap. This fixed my problem back in 2009.
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Re: Automatic Transmission Gear Shift Lever Loose

BonitaBeast - 2/17/2013 6:
Hi

Are these photos from your 2004 G?
Thanks


NO!!!!!! It is a W210!! Thus, my caveat of "Ballpark" idea of how to.
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Re: Automatic Transmission Gear Shift Lever Loose

G-AMG - 2/18/2013 10:03 AM

BonitaBeast - 2/17/2013 6:
Hi

Are these photos from your 2004 G?
Thanks


NO!!!!!! It is a W210!! Thus, my caveat of "Ballpark" idea of how to.


Duh... I should have known better. Haha. The catalytics are in the way of the shifter linkage where as on the G are on opposite sides since the exhaust is completely separate left and right...



Would you know if the part number for the bushing is the same for W210 and W463?

Thanks.
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RE: Automatic Transmission Gear Shift Lever Loose

I had the same problem with my shifter when I got my G so I replaced that bushing (mine was missing). Same part number (A1159920310). I didn't realise there was a special tool to fit it! I remember it took me an age to get it in there with a lot of crud falling in my eyes and some pretty special expletives. I manged to get it done with a pair of pliers if I recall... I don't even know where you would find such a tool in SA.

Edited by darcyocker 2/24/2013 3:28 PM
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Posted 2/24/2013 6:53 PM
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RE: Automatic Transmission Gear Shift Lever Loose

darcyocker - 2/25/2013 3:26 AM

I had the same problem with my shifter when I got my G so I replaced that bushing (mine was missing). Same part number (A1159920310). I didn't realise there was a special tool to fit it! I remember it took me an age to get it in there with a lot of crud falling in my eyes and some pretty special expletives. I manged to get it done with a pair of pliers if I recall... I don't even know where you would find such a tool in SA.


Got the bushing. Will be attempting this today.

Will give an update in a bit.
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Posted 4/4/2013 10:08 PM
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Re: Automatic Transmission Gear Shift Lever Loose

Fixed this problem. Transmission Shift Lever Bushing. For a 500 GE, the part number is 1159920310.

Thanks again!
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