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My 01 E55 is experencing some clucking when downshifting when coasting to a red light and seems like shifting too fast at slow speeds. Should I change the fluid I'm at 80K and isn't the trans dipstick on the right side of the engine compartment why do we need a special tool from a dealer to measure the oil???
 

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Transmission fluid needs to be replaced with precision. An ounce under or an ounce over can play havoc. Have the dealer do it. It sounds like you may require a new shifter module. Notorious for leaky seals. Hence, the clunk. Nonetheless, costly but cheaper than a new transmission. Good luck.
 

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where is the transmission module located??
Precisely where I can not say. But, I can tell you that the module is sealed within the transmission or shifter assembly. And, with age the seal deteriorates allowing transmission fluid to seep unto the module causing the transmission to malfunction. Good luck. Transmission gurus feel free to jump in and help this bro out.
 
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doing ECU reset and mass air sensor cleaning will help alittle bit but only for a few months, the clunk will come back. I was quoted $250 for tranny fluid & filter swap, not a bad price imo.
 

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My 01 E55 is experencing some clucking when downshifting when coasting to a red light and seems like shifting too fast at slow speeds. Should I change the fluid I'm at 80K and isn't the trans dipstick on the right side of the engine compartment why do we need a special tool from a dealer to measure the oil???
There no dip stick:mad: It cap off and you have to buy a dip stick from MBZ to check the fluid level. Transmission fill /check tube is located in the middle by the firewall with red cap top (see attached pic)
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Even though MBZ say it a life time fluid and don't need to be change. Get real..everything included fluid break down. I change my at 50K miles and it shift smooth through out gear change so change it and the filter. Your car will thank you later.:thumbsup:
 

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Even though MBZ say it a life time fluid and don't need to be change. Get real..everything included fluid break down. I change my at 50K miles and it shift smooth through out gear change so change it and the filter. Your car will thank you later.:thumbsup:
++1 Exactly right. I purchased my E55 with 40K on the clock, and was not about to wait until the end of time to change my tranny fluid. Changed it then, and plan on changing it every 50K as well. :thumbsup:
 

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At 55K miles my '02 E55 was downshifting harshly at lower speeds. My local dealer wanted $350 to flush the transmission. I elected to purchase the service tool for $25 (dipstick) on ebay, dropped the pan, cleaned and changed the filter and flushed / filled with Redline tranny oil. Per a mechanic friend, the old oil causes deposits to buildup in the valvebody causing the harsh shifts. After about a week of normal driving the transmission was back to its normal self. I have used Redline products in the transmissions of all my vehicles for 15 years with great results. Don't wait any longer change it now. My old oil was black and way past it's prime, the lifetime fill was a just a myth.
 

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At 55K miles my '02 E55 was downshifting harshly at lower speeds. My local dealer wanted $350 to flush the transmission. I elected to purchase the service tool for $25 (dipstick) on ebay, dropped the pan, cleaned and changed the filter and flushed / filled with Redline tranny oil. Per a mechanic friend, the old oil causes deposits to buildup in the valvebody causing the harsh shifts. After about a week of normal driving the transmission was back to its normal self. I have used Redline products in the transmissions of all my vehicles for 15 years with great results. Don't wait any longer change it now. My old oil was black and way past it's prime, the lifetime fill was a just a myth.

Keep us posted. I too changed my tranny fluid at 55K. So far so good at 65K.
 

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My 01 E55 is experencing some clucking when downshifting when coasting to a red light and seems like shifting too fast at slow speeds. Should I change the fluid I'm at 80K and isn't the trans dipstick on the right side of the engine compartment why do we need a special tool from a dealer to measure the oil???
Hey Versace, check the regular 210 forum DIY stickies and you'll find LOTS of information on ATF service. Yes, by all means change it.

There is no conventional dipstick, rather the cap is removed and the tool is used to set the level based upon the temperature of the fluid. Once the level is correct a new cap is used to lock the tube again.

If you are going to take it in, just be sure you find a place that is going to drop the pan and clean it as well as replacing the filter, there are lots of "flush only" places that cause problems later.

If you have the facilities to change it you can do so yourself, a $20 IR thermometer will help you get the right temp and you can order the tool or buy it from ohlord in the 210 forum. If you DIY drop the pan, clean it, change the filter, fit a new gasket and refit the pan. Add back as much fluid as you removed (measure it, approx. 3 quarts) and then use yumling's DIY in the 210 sticky to systematically flush out the rest of your fluid through the cooler lines.

Whether you DIY or use a dealer, indie or transmission specialist just get it done. Seems like most change it between 50 and 75K miles.

Take care and enjoy the ride,
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Ok guys, these are the part numbers that you're gonna need for transmission fluid change:

Dipstick: W140-589-15-21-00

Fluid: A001-989-45-03-13

Red Pin ( It brakes when you remove it ): 140-991-00-55

Cap ( If missing or broken ): A140-270-00-91

Gasket: A140-271-00-80

Filter: A140-277-00-95
 

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once at 60,000 or 80,000 and again at 150,000.

Now we have a client with a 1998 ML320, NEVER serviced his trans and is shifting strong at 274,950 miles WOW.

Another client, 2001 S500 with 174,230 miles, never serviced it.

We just met these folks, and was quite impressed, but on the downside, another client, 1998 CLK 320, trans went bad at 147,000, he never serviced it.

So, once at 60 or 80K and again at 150K. Use the Mercedes Benz fluid (we recommend) and set the level correctly.

If you are over 80k, and unsure about if it should be serviced, get to a dealer or a strong independent to have the transmission adaptations looked at (only with the SDS unit). If they are high or in large positive ranges, or if the fill cycles are in double digits, then leave it alone. Ride it out, servicing it will accelerate the wear. A client insisted we do this to his C280, but it was in high ranges; result; harsh shifts are noticed in the morning, and delayed shifts are noticed under HEAVY loads when at operating temperature.

If the ranges are still low to high negatives numbers and the fill times are in low single digits, then clear the adaptations, drain the COMPLETE transmission (converter), replace the filter/gasket,crush washer and lock tab. Top up the fluid and re-adapt the transmission. The re-adaptation sequence is a series of drive cycle test wherein you use slight steady throttle (starting from first gear) then shift from gear to gear, keeping the shift point right as the RPM's reach about 1200-1350. After reaching top gear, take your foot off the accelerator and let the vehicle coast to a stop (DO NOT USE THE BRAKE), if the vehicle pulls or bang as it comes to as stop (the 2/1 down shift) you have to perform it all over. Once you do this successfully, let the vehicle idle for approximately 20-30 minuets, this allows the TCU to calibrate the idle settings.

We do this a-lot.

Happy Benzing!!!
 

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If the ranges are still low to high negatives numbers and the fill times are in low single digits, then clear the adaptations, drain the COMPLETE transmission (converter), replace the filter/gasket,crush washer and lock tab. Top up the fluid and re-adapt the transmission. The re-adaptation sequence is a series of drive cycle test wherein you use slight steady throttle (starting from first gear) then shift from gear to gear, keeping the shift point right as the RPM's reach about 1200-1350. After reaching top gear, take your foot off the accelerator and let the vehicle coast to a stop (DO NOT USE THE BRAKE), if the vehicle pulls or bang as it comes to as stop (the 2/1 down shift) you have to perform it all over. Once you do this successfully, let the vehicle idle for approximately 20-30 minuets, this allows the TCU to calibrate the idle settings.

We do this a-lot.

Happy Benzing!!!

Holy BaJeesus, that sounds technical... I just had my tranny fluid changed at the dealership a week ago. $269 got me the pan dropped, new filter, gasket, and fluid. I have 54k miles. I've driven maybe 100 miles since the change.
I noticed very little if any difference in the way my car shifts. I guess it shifts pretty well then?
And occasionally, I notice a slightly harsh, not very harsh, but very minor slightly harsh downshift from 2nd to 1st as I come to a stop. Where does your mind go when you hear of a slightly harsh 2/1 downshift? It's not consistent either, like it rarely happens, but I notice when it does.
Trans Module? I just had it in the dealer garage last week, I suppose they didnt bother to look at the module while they had the pan down?
 
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