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Problems with Auto gear change when cold

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by tiger, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. tiger

    tiger Member

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    I have just aquired a 1998 C200 petrol - when starting and moving off from cold the auto box will not change up from gear 3 until driving approximately 1mile.

    Has anyone else had this problem - any advice would be appreciated

    What is the best place to purchase an autobox dip stick and tamper proof seal?
     
  2. television

    television Always remembered RIP

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    This is normal for that year of car, and the weather gets colder,,it hangs onto the gears to warm up the CAT as quickly as possible
     
  3. Alex M Grieve

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    This is intentional I believe. It helps the engine warm up faster, whereupon gear changes should be smooth and normal.

    Is your car fine when warm?

    And welcome to the Forum!
     
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    tiger

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    Thanks to Malcolm and Alex this is very reassuring any ideas on getting an auto dipstick
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    You can make one from curtain wire and the correct level is 5.6 cm up the wire when hot at 80c the sealing caps come from MB

    The sticks cost £35 when you an find somewhere that sell them
     
  6. gre1591

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    Hi tiger, no problem with your C200 doing that, mines has been just like that for the last 100,000 plus miles with no problems.
     

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