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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-19-2008, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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1984 Mercedes 300SD wont go into PARK!

Hi, I am a new member and I have had a 1984 Mercedes 300SD automatic for about 10 months. Its a great car but lately it has intermittently refused to go from reverse to park. The problem got worse this weekend so I loosened the linkage at the transmission and found it will go into park with no problem with the linkage off. The shifter still refuses to budge past reverse. It looks to me like I need to remove the center console to inspect what is going on. I have removed quite a bit of interior and still cant see how to remove the console. Do I need to take out the dashboard? I cant see where to begin. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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I found out what was jamming the shifter and stopping it from going into Park. A rip in the boot around the shifter had allowed a bolt to get down into the cradle under the shifter mount. If you ever need to get into this area on a 1984 Mercedes 300SD, you must first remove the ash tray holder and the coin holder (eyeglass holder?) that is directly in front of the ashtray. Then you push the wooden overlay that is over the shifter forward toward the dash and you will be able to lift it up to get to the 4 bolts that hold the shifter boot down.
I have photos if you want to see them. My email address is gdavis1955@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
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