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Good day fellas, I'm an owner of a CDI 110 AT 2001 model for almost a year now, and I really find it very comfortable and easy to drive family van. The previous owner kept it in good condition in the last 9 years. I've spent some time in restoring minor electrical and mechanical problems and so far everything seems ok. My concern is, I observed that when i park it in an inclined plane, whether front of rear end down, I have difficulty in shifting the stick out from Park. But it gives in when i put some muscle into it. I mean its different when in a leveled plane or surface. I just want to have some advice from anybody in the forum so that i'll be able to manage the problem while it's still not so serious. I love this van and me and my family needs it. Thanks in advance to those who would reply in this query.
 

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Hello Mate,

Sounds like a daft question, but are you using the handbrake?

When I park up I put the van in Neutral, stick the handbrake on, take my foot off the foot brake and then when the van has settled put it in park.

This stops the transmission holding the vehicle's weight on an incline instead of the handbrake.

If I don't do this I have probs getting the lever out of Park without a clunk.

Sorry if I'm teaching you how to suck eggs, but it's best to try the easy stuff first.

If it's not this I reckon you've got a visit to a Transmission Specialist on the cards.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,

Rob
 

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Hi Rob,
Yes i do use my foot brake whenever i park, but i haven't tried it the way you do when on an incline. For sure i'll do and try it.
My van is 10yrs old and a mechanic told me that it is the transmission that gives a lot of headaches in this van. But I had the chance to have my transmission checked by the company that made it (ZF), and the guys there told me that so far my tranny (transmission) is still good and all it needs is a change of oil. And I had it done there and I think they really know what they're doing. they also suggested that I have it done at least once a year to maintain it and by doing so, it will add up to more years of service.
Hey, thanks for the reply. It really means a lot !!!
Have a safe and headache free ride with your Merzy ( mercedes).
 

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Matelot is right. You need to apply handbrake(parking brake) firmly on a slope before putting gear into park. The park position will physically lock the transmission by putting a lever into a sort of gear (a pawl). If you allow the van to roll forward or back then there will be a load on this lever so it is hard to pull out again. The other problem in getting out of park is if the little pin operated by the foot brake (which locks the gear lever itself and can be seen if you remove the plastic cover around the lever) is sticking. Spray with wd40 or similar.
G
 

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Hi G,
Thanks for the added tip to my little problem. I think its worth checking the pin if it sticks and apply a simple spray of WD40. Again thanks G!
 
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