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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-05-2011, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Hard Gear Shifting from 1st to 2nd

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I am new to the forum. I heard about the forum from my friend and its been very helpfull in my car buy.

I own a mercedes c 200 estate, elegance , manual. It has done 83k miles and i am happy with it except for the gear shift.

The main issue is its very hard to shift from 1st to 2nd . The engines goes out of breath quickly in 1st gear and pushing it to second is tight and also the vehicle jerks when i release the clutch. the problem completely goes away from 3rd gear onwards. Its butter smooth and no jerks from 3rd to 6th gear. The issue is only between 1st and 2nd gears.. Also if i accelerate slowly from 1st to 2nd the issue in manageable. .

Its becoming a pain to drive this from traffic lights as i cant accelarate hard due to this difficult gear shift and jerk and hence am forced to move slowly leading to honks from the cars behind...

can anyone advice what could be a problem. Could it be low transmission oil or something?

Pls advice.

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Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you are from UK?
Whole my life I was under the impression that on manual it is the driver who makes smooth, or rough gear changes
Maybe your clutch is having a problem? How far from the floor the pedal disengage the clutch?
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Did you have any work done or did this just start happening? Does sound like user-error or like the pressure plate is too tight. However I've only heard of pressure plates weakening not getting stronger..
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hi Guys, Yes i am from London. I dont think the clutch is an issue as it behaves well in 3rd, 4th gear onwards...

I had it last serviced at 79k miles and there werent any clutch related issues and it was normally run after that.... no big issues.. so kinda bothered... Am planning to take it to a specialist this weekend. Will note the pressure plate concern. But could loosening the clutch help a bit?
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But could loosening the clutch help a bit?
Not really, especially since it's impossible with a hydraulic clutch.

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