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Old 12-11-2011, 08:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1996 c280 transmission problem

hello , i just acquired a 96 c280 , i new when i got it there was transmission problems , the car will not move in drive or reverse , i have read numerous threads and just wanted to know where to start , the po took it to a trans shop and they told her it needed replacing , i have no problem with that but i just want to make sure thats what it needs , i have checked all fuses , pulled pan , what would you guys check to confirm replacement , i have several project cars so i know a little , thanks
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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hello , i just acquired a 96 c280 , i new when i got it there was transmission problems , the car will not move in drive or reverse , i have read numerous threads and just wanted to know where to start , the po took it to a trans shop and they told her it needed replacing , i have no problem with that but i just want to make sure thats what it needs , i have checked all fuses , pulled pan , what would you guys check to confirm replacement , i have several project cars so i know a little , thanks
And how did you check the fluid level?
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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dipstick 80c , not sure what type they had in it
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would say its time for a new trans.


But if its full and it has no engagement at all, there is something major wrong. Even without electrical control the trans will still go into gears, and move.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yeah you can tell when you put it in gear , the rpms drop slightly , but the car will not move in any gears , so are you saying there are several parts internally damaged
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yeah you can tell when you put it in gear , the rpms drop slightly , but the car will not move in any gears , so are you saying there are several parts internally damaged
It could be anything from a bad torque converter to sticking valves in the trans, any number of thing could have gone wrong.


For all the money you would spend, you could have had a new trans installed.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have the same car. Same trans.

I had that problem in Drive and it was the clutch that needed to be replaced. It could also be a lot of other problems. Save yourself the trouble and replace the transmission with a rebuilt one.

If you are in the USA you can get a completely rebuilt transmission with waranty here:

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I spoke to them when I had my transmission rebuilt last time and they were recommended on the forum someone. I didn't not end up sourcing it from them as I had it rebuilt locally but that was a mistake and I would get it from them next time.
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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thanks for the help
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:44 AM   #9 (permalink)
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722.424 transmission

is this the only transmission that will fit in my 1996 c280 ? just trying to find a replacement
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