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I had to take the car to a transmission specialist,as recommended in one of the replies to my original posting.Fortunately,the specialist came highly recommended for his integrity.The planetary gear assembly was damaged and was sent out to an engineer for repair.Small aluminium like pieces of metal were found in the pan,these were bits of the planetary gear assembly.The splined drive shaft was also damaged and had to be replaced.Only a few of the clutch plates were damaged.The gearbox has been modified to improve transmission fluid flow,and an external cooler fitted.The gear changes are now more positive.I have just returned from a long trip in the car,with a full load.It ran well and the temperature remained at a more acceptable level,especially considering the hot Australian summer.The transmission specialist said that the box was not the original transmission.He said that it appearred to be a secondhand box.He added that he has found that mechanics who do not understand the Mercedes auto often did not check critical settings prior to announcing the box dead,or did not know how to adjust the box,thus dispensing with a perfectly good box and replacing it with a secondhand unit.My thanks to the specialist who saved me a lot of money and for his patience in showing and explaining to me the workings of the Mercedes auto and the damaged components.So,that's the story,thanks to the two members who offered support.
 
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