I have a 1994 E320 and I want to change the shift lever. How do I get the cover off the shift gate box to gain access to the nut holding the shift lever in place. Does the cover (the top piece with the selector letters) just pop off with alot of pressure?
The plastic surround pops off. To save your wood from damage, use a flat plastic device to pry it up at the four corners,
Once that is off, you will see what you are dealing with. If you want to remove the entire shifter assembly there are four bolts that need to come out. Don't overlook the small lamp that is inserted into the shifter housing; that needs to be unplugged if you want to remove the assembly.
Of course, you will have to remove the selector rod from the shifter by getting under the car and removing a clip that is on the rod.
If you remove the shifter you should take the opportunity to replace the plastic bushing that the selector rod connects to. They are $3.00 from Mercedes Benz and they do fail.
I just did this on the Limited Edition 190 I sold a month or so ago. Aftermarket shift rod and knob had been installed and I put it all back to stock. The top piece is held in place with clips. Hard to describe, but study it carefully and you'll see what needs to be pried outward for the "cap" to come away. There is a 14mm nut that holds the lever in place. You can also look at the factory service manual link in our DIY sticky. Also, you can go to a pull yard and find a W124/W201 to make a dry run on.
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