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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-29-2013, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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How to shift in neutral with engine off

Hi, I've recently had a major problem with my R320 Bluetec 2009 and the engine won't start. The transmission has an electronic paddle shifter and since it won't start, I can't put it in neutral. I'd like to know if there's a way to bypass the electronic system and mechanically shift it in neutral so I can tow it to the dealer or at least put it on a trailer to get it there.

I've read something about a free wheeling adapter, but that's expensive and it won't get there soon enough. Is that the only option?

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Check your manual. Earlier triptonic shifters would allow pencil trick to shift locked lever.
Good towing will come with freewheeling adapter.
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Key in position 2, press and hold brake pedal, select N using shifter paddle, release brake pedal. Do not remove SmartKey. Battery must have sufficient voltage.

There is no pencil trick for the column-mounted paddle shift.
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