1984 Mercedes Benz 280E
Hi all. Back with another problem. The 4 speed, manual transmission in my '84 280E seems to be acting up a little. It doesn't seem like a clutch or gear issue, but rather a shift lever issue. I have attached a few photos of the shift lever and the housing. Anyways, the transmission seems to shift fine, but getting it into reverse and 4th gear is kind of difficult. To get it in to reverse, I find myself having to shift to 1st gear first, then going from 1st to reverse. I can rarely go from neutral to reverse. 4th gear is kind of tricky too. It feels as if there is more force needed to go to 4th gear than any other gear, like something is blocking it from going in. So, what I was thinking is that something inside my shift lever housing is not working like it is suppose to. The first picture is to focus on the tan/yellow cover for the shift lever spring. I am guessing it is a cover that is. Well, it is broken, and if you pull it off there is a spring underneath it. When you shift to reverse in my 280E, the spring underneath that tan/yellow cover pushes on the side of my center console, which is actually broken. The 2nd and 3rd pictures are to just show the shift lever and housing. I was wondering if that housing can be ordered from somewhere other than the Mercedes Dealership. If not, are there certain bushings or anything that can be bought to do repairs to the housing. Also, is there an adjustment for the shift lever to adjust the guidance into each gear? I have never really worked on transmission related parts before which is why I am seeking any advise on this. Thanks for any input.