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W202 auto gearbox funny

Discussion in 'Engine, Drivetrain, Fuel and Exhaust' started by agfoxx, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. agfoxx

    agfoxx New Member

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    Dear all,

    A quick question to the experts.

    I have purchased the above car as a cheap(-ish) runaround after my previous set of wheels got stolen, while I was waiting for the insurance to come through... It's a V reg, with about 70K on the clock, and - because the front wings are dodgy - it was a steal.

    Anyway, I fell in love with it, and I am now planning on keeping it.

    I've sorted out the rust issues, but another thing has now come up.

    In the cold, the gearbox won't go into "D". You know how the symbols on the selector light up when you switch the headlights on? The "D" would not come on. And the car sounds like it's stuck in 1st. If you hold the stick back with your palm, "D" does come on - and the gears do switch - but it all goes pear-shaped again as soon as the pressure is released.

    However, if you put it into "4", in the limiter mode, it all seems to work. It is a lot more jerky than it was when I bought it, though. After a while, and once everything is nicely warmed up, the jerkiness goes; and you can use "D" again.

    Also - if switching between modes when idling, I can clearly hear the sound of the gearbox being shifted. The best I can describe it is like a dull moan. Again, once warmed up, this disappears.

    What do you think this could be? Surely it's not dead completely? Or is it?

    Thanks a lot!
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    Hello and welcome,,, it would appear that the selector needs to be set up correctly if you can get it to shift correctly by jiggling the shift lever
     
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    agfoxx

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    Thanks, but can I just clarify what you mean by setting up the gear lever?
     

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