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Unhappy 03' SL500 stuck shifter. please help

I went to get into my car today, and my shifter will not come out of park. This has happenned a few time through the years, however, never for more than a few seconds. Now it is definately stuck. can someone tell me if I could try something on my own before I have to go through the expense of taking it to mercedes. Anyones help is greatly appreciated.-chris-
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If you do not get a response here, post this on the R129 forum. I did a search and could find anything on that forum similar to your problem. But someone could still know the solution to your problem. I know with the w163, if you spill liquid on the shifter you can have the problem you describe. Also read about a plastic part in the shifter box that can break and the neutral safety switch in certain models. Like I said, if you do not get the answer in the General Forum, try the R129 forum. You can also do a search like I did. Maybe you will find the answer there.

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check for a clicking sound when the brake pedal is depressed with the key on

If Not the brake light switch is defective

One can also remove the shift wood panel and use a screw driver to release it
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I went to get into my car today, and my shifter will not come out of park. This has happenned a few time through the years, however, never for more than a few seconds. Now it is definately stuck. can someone tell me if I could try something on my own before I have to go through the expense of taking it to mercedes. Anyones help is greatly appreciated.-chris-



Are your brake lights working? The switch that lights them also engages the solenoid to release the shift lock. You can also try to turn the key enough to unlock the steering column but not enough to turn any power on. Then try moving the shifter to neutral. The car will start in either park or neutral.
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You can replace your broken gear selector lever with a new one from Home | Monoglobal. Fitting instructions included. No VIN coding required.
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