Mercedes-Benz Forum banner

1 - 20 of 24 Posts

·
Registered
SL500, CL55, E350, E320
Joined
·
3,205 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I've just noticed the "clanking" sound when shifting the (1999 SL500) gears yesterday. It sounds like there a is a metal piece losing somewhere beneath the shifter. The sound was like two pieces of medal sheets hitting one another. It still shifts and drives normal but something isn't right with that sound.

Has anyone ever experienced something similar? Do you know what to look for? Thank you in advance for any insight!
 

·
Outstanding Contributor
1997 SL600 Brilliant Silver Sport with grey/dark metal interior, 234K miles
Joined
·
1,977 Posts
Sounds like it's time to inspect/replace the green gromet on the tranny shifter lever.
 

·
Greek God of the R129
SL500-500SEL-190E
Joined
·
8,391 Posts
Go to autohaseaz, look under tranny/gear shift parts.
Part#2029920010
Cheap, $0.77, but a pain in the ass, to get too.

There is a special pliers from Baum tools.
Or you can... use a socket, a screw, washers to compress it in.

It is located under the car, left tranny side.

Where the upper gear shift assembly, and the tranny ROD joints.
You need TWO.

Regards,
aam.
 

·
Registered
SL500, CL55, E350, E320
Joined
·
3,205 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
Thanks a lot aam. I was going to open up the wood console to take a look (that would be a waste of time).

Is that a serious problem? Could I drive the car for another week or should I stop immediately? No problem moving the shifter out of park (to D or R), there was only a strange noise. I have other cars to drive but the weather is nice so I want to drive it top down a couple times while waiting for the part.

What does that "thing" do anyway?
 

·
Outstanding Contributor
1997 SL600 Brilliant Silver Sport with grey/dark metal interior, 234K miles
Joined
·
1,977 Posts
Imagine a sloppy/large hole with a rod piercing the hole. The grommet takes up the slop.

Don't ask AAM to elaborate further.
 

·
Greek God of the R129
SL500-500SEL-190E
Joined
·
8,391 Posts
A sloppy large hole, a rod piercing the hole, the grommet take up the slop????

Don't ask ME to elaborate further?

He is GOT it?
What did you get?

Hmmmmm?
What are you guys talking about?

It is a CAR forum, so it's not bordello talk.
OK, I think I got it.

Yes, you can drive her.
Just make sure that when you park, it is in PARK.
When you start, it is in park or neutral.
And when you drive her, she is in DRIVE.
Hold on to the BRAKE then shift.

You Can Drive her. ;) Lol.

Regards,
aam.
 

·
Registered
1999 SL500 Sport
Joined
·
33 Posts
I just ordered a couple. aam would you mind elaborating on the replacement? Does "pain in the ass to get to" mean removing a lot of other parts, or the whole crawling underneath part? Is the washer and bolt to pull it into the sloppy hole?
 

·
Registered
SL500, CL55, E350, E320
Joined
·
3,205 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
A sloppy large hole, a rod piercing the hole, the grommet take up the slop????

Don't ask ME to elaborate further?

He is GOT it?
What did you get?

Hmmmmm?
What are you guys talking about?

It is a CAR forum, so it's not bordello talk.
OK, I think I got it.

Yes, you can drive her.
Just make sure that when you park, it is in PARK.
When you start, it is in park or neutral.
And when you drive her, she is in DRIVE.
Hold on to the BRAKE then shift.

You Can Drive her. ;) Lol.

Regards,
aam.
You da man! :D
 

·
Banned
Y2K SL500 Silver
Joined
·
8,660 Posts
Transmission Gear Shift Bushings when worn out

Could you elaborate please?
Please take a look at the following threads.
http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r129-sl-class/1316322-diy-92-500sl-shifter-bushing-replacement.html#post2350068 and
http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w210-e-class/1413815-photo-diy-shifter-bushing-replacement.html and
Replacing Shift Linkage Bushing

I hope it helps!

Please consider doing a DIY write up as you repair your 722.6 transmission p/n 2029920010 Gear Shift Bushings
 

·
Greek God of the R129
SL500-500SEL-190E
Joined
·
8,391 Posts
I just ordered a couple. aam would you mind elaborating on the replacement? Does "pain in the ass to get to" mean removing a lot of other parts, or the whole crawling underneath part? Is the washer and bolt to pull it into the sloppy hole?
Looool.

No,
What I mean is that she is VERY TIGHT.
You must get under her. Lol.

If are young/flexible, which I am not.
Have small hands, tools, etc....

Somehow softening/lubing the bushing may help.

Before doing the job have plenty of time.
In order to relax.
Must have food & sex.
If you have the special pliers, $39 will be a walk in the park. ;)

If NOT an exorcist may be needed.

Regards,
aam.
 

·
Registered
SL500, CL55, E350, E320
Joined
·
3,205 Posts
Discussion Starter #13
I got them (2) replaced over the weekend with the help of my father. There was no way I could have done it alone without any special tools.

The rear one was a breeze. Once I shift it to "D", it was done in few minutes.

The front one was a PITA! I thought squeezing the bushing into the hole was hardest thing but putting the clip on was almost impossible. We finally had to take the bushing back out and shaved it off a bit to have room for the clip to get in. There is no room to compress anything there!

Took us 3 hours (my neck still hurts). However, if we had to do it again, it could be done in half of the time.

My suggestion is to jack the car as high as you could and try the front one first.

Thank you all especially aam and lynns.
 

·
Greek God of the R129
SL500-500SEL-190E
Joined
·
8,391 Posts
There is also a clip installer, which I don't have one. Lol.
I am glad that you did it and that your dad helped you.
I know about that neck pain.
I had to do them a few times in my cars..... :(

Regards,
aam.
 

·
Registered
2002 SL500 Silver on Black
Joined
·
60 Posts
When I did mine, I put them in a cup of hot water for a few minutes first, to soften them up so they were easier to get in. Worked great.
 

·
Banned
Y2K SL500 Silver
Joined
·
8,660 Posts
Go to autohaseaz, look under tranny/gear shift parts.
Part#2029920010
Cheap, $0.77, but a pain in the ass, to get too.

There is a special pliers from Baum tools.
Or you can... use a socket, a screw, washers to compress it in.

It is located under the car, left tranny side.

Where the upper gear shift assembly, and the tranny ROD joints.
You need TWO.

Regards,
aam.
Gear Shift Bushing and Baum B7200 Tool
 

Attachments

·
Registered
R129 sl320 '99 / W201 190E '90
Joined
·
1,016 Posts
Hi, could i just ask - when i switch from D to R or R to D it all feels a bit loose and might develop into a thunk after a while, it is not as firm as it used to be i.e. from R to D- are these the two bushes that need replacing to make the transition from D to R and R to D firm again?
thanks,
Darragh
 

·
Greek God of the R129
SL500-500SEL-190E
Joined
·
8,391 Posts
Hi, could i just ask - when i switch from D to R or R to D it all feels a bit loose and might develop into a thunk after a while, it is not as firm as it used to be i.e. from R to D- are these the two bushes that need replacing to make the transition from D to R and R to D firm again?
thanks,
Darragh
The bushings will correct the shift lever position.
The thunk?
Look for worn out discs, on the drive shaft.

Regards,
aam.
 
1 - 20 of 24 Posts
Top