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98 ML320 TRANS/DIFFERENTIAL PROBS?

I have a 98 ML320 with only 58K miles. I have developed some odd problems. Can anyone give me any suggestions. 1) Transmission occassionally will seem to start off in 4th or 5th gear from a dead stop, and will have a long shift between gears, but when I slip it over to tiptronic mode, everything seems to work fine. It only happens once in awhile, and does not seem to be "slipping". 2) I also am noticing noise in the rear of the vehicle upon turning hard into corners, similar to what a "locker" rear end would do, the "crabbing feeling" . Would appreciate any feedback.
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The first issue you mentioned could be an issue with the gear selection sensor.

As for the second issue, how old are your tires?


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Not sure how old, they were on vehicle when purchased. Tires are approx. 65-70% tread depth of new. They are Goodyear Potenzas and have no uneven wear or cupping.
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OK, I think I know where FCPGroton is going with this. There is a date of manufacture stamped on the sidewall, you might check that. Tread depth is not the only consideration. The rubber could be deteriorating if they are close to 5 years old.

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Don't see a date stamp. How would this effect differential in rear and not front ?
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Tire makers use a sort of code with (I think) day/month/year they were made but I don't remember the format. It should be on the outer sidewall unless yours are mounted so it's on the inside.

Your question is a good one so maybe you should have the rear differential fluid level checked and then possibly changed.

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Find a "DOT" and than 4 digits behind it.
first 2 digits indicate the week and the following 2 digits year of tire production.
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There are several 4 digit letter/numbers. The only one I see that makes sense is a 0206 number, so I assume the tires were manufactured in second week of 2006 or something to that effect. So, I don't know if that would be old enough to warrant my problem. I am trying to pin down the noise I am hearing when I am making hard turns in either direction. It seems like a rubbing/rumbling sensation that is hard to tell if it is coming from the front or the rear of the vehicle. I have had other people listen and they think it is coming from the rear. It seems like the all-wheel drives should have some kind of crabbing when in hard turns on dry pavement, I may be wrong.
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0206 is still pretty young tire. Unless you park on the sun a lot, you should still have few more years before any cracking or deterioration will show.
Intermediate noise on older car can be a nightmare. I learned to check if everything is right in the area and just live with it. It is quite possible that the noise just come from the tire.
Our ML320 come with original Generals and it took few years to wear them out and than find how much quieter Eagles are.
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[QUOTE=benzo007;3824571]I have a 98 ML320 with only 58K miles. I have developed some odd problems. Can anyone give me any suggestions. 1) Transmission occassionally will seem to start off in 4th or 5th gear from a dead stop, and will have a long shift between gears, but when I slip it over to tiptronic mode, everything seems to work fine. It only happens once in awhile, and does not seem to be "slipping". 2) I also am noticing noise in the rear of the vehicle upon turning hard into corners, similar to what a "locker" rear end would do, the "crabbing feeling" . Would appreciate any feedback.[/QUOT]


The earlier ML's make a lot of noise in the rear end while turning. Sounds almost like a grinding noise. Benz says get used to it.
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