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#1 (permalink) Old 09-02-2008, 05:41 PM
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Will not shift out of park

The search doesn't seem to be working, but here is my question,and hopefully it is common.

My wifes 2000 E320 will not shift out of park.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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probably the brake light switch above the foot brake pedal. search for same topic for w208 clk's. loads go wrong on these. real easy to fix if that. try pressing harder on brake pedal then trying to shift. this helped with mine til it totally went about week later and i had to replace the switch
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What (and when) did she spill in the center console?

That would be my first guess. If not then check for codes, see what comes up.

Depending on codes, raise the car and check the connector mentioned in the DIY sticky, if it's got fluid in it hie down to the dealer and pick up the new and improved one, and don't forget the O-ring. Disconnect the battery and replace the transmission connector, cleaning out as much of the harness as you reasonably can (maybe spray some electrical contact cleaner up in there), then open the center console and remove the TCM. Clean it up with electrical contact cleaner, then let it dry thoroughly and reassemble. Reconnect the battery, start it up and see what you have. You'll have to check the fluid level so you'll need a dipstick tool, you can get that at the dealer when you're there.

If your trans connector has no fluid in it, then pop the console anyway to clean up whatever was spilled in it. I think it's honestly the dumbest design on late-model benz to put such a sensitive thing right there.

Now, if your wife promises on her vows that neither she, nor your kids, nor any of her friends spilled anything in there (and the sunroof was not left open during a gentle shower) and the connector is dry, try a battery reset. Sometimes that reboots the ECU, which is occasionally necessary on these computers-on-wheels.

Your worst case scenario is that the extended service interval of the previously-named "lifetime fluid" has claimed another victim, but my fingers are crossed against that one.

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probably the brake light switch above the foot brake pedal. search for same topic for w208 clk's. loads go wrong on these. real easy to fix if that. try pressing harder on brake pedal then trying to shift. this helped with mine til it totally went about week later and i had to replace the switch
That would be nice; I've not heard that as a transmission-related issue in the 210 other than the recurring dash warning that comes with the failing switch.

So that is something to look at as well, if memory serves if the brake lights don't come on it won't sense the brake as applied. So the first simple test would be to step on the brake pedal and see if you have brake lights. If not, replace the switch, easy DIY referenced in the stickies above, part is about $20.

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FOLLOW UP

Still not fixed, but yes she has spilled stuff recently.

I changed the brake switch and the fluid last year so I don't suspect those. I assume that it is from the spill.

My mecanic and buddy is coming by tomorrow to look at it.

I will follow up then.

Thanks for the help.
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I tried stepping on the brake harder and rocked the car and I managed to get the ABS light to come on.

That does sound like a bad brake switch doesn't it??????

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I tried stepping on the brake harder and rocked the car and I managed to get the ABS light to come on.

That does sound like a bad brake switch doesn't it??????

Thanks again.
Well, either that or you stepped hard enough to brake something. Just step hard enough to see if the brake lights come on, that should be the trigger for the car to release park.

But if something's spilled in there, I think that's where you'll find the issue.

There is a pretty good DIY up in the stickies on it. Good luck, hope it is resolved by cleaning. (In any event, cars and repairs are still cheaper than wives or their replacements. )

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I probably broke the brake switch. I will pick up another and replace just so that is out of the way.

Hopefully it works just as the brake lights do now!!!!
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pull that wooden panel around the shifter up and see if you can see evidence of the spill...not to be pessimistic, but it sounds like you need a new shifter unit or at least a good college try to clean the thing. of course try the brake switch by all means, but if she admitted to spilling on the shifter...it is probably that. ask her how much she spilled, although it sounds like it really doesn't matter as long as a little fluid got into the wrong places. please update us with your findings...
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Well when I asked her about it she of course denies all spillage. She swears that she didn't spill anything but it looks like she did. Anyway hopefully we can find something out tonight. It seems as though whatever holds the shifter in park is stuck. My buddy thinks he can fix it, if not I guess we will have to get a new one.

Thanks for all of the great replies.
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