1998 C280; 1987 560SL
After watching the Mercedes Source Part 10 on shifter bushings, I have been inspired to replace mine. Of course, they really didn't need replacing, as there was nothing left to replace. I had quite a day installing the new bushings. I removed the front bracket and pressed the bushing in fairly easily with a little clamping tool I made. I wanted to use it for the rear one on the car, but it wouldn't fit. I came up with a smaller device to clamp the rear one in, but while trying to screw it all together blindly, I dropped the the bushing and it fell on the floor or somewhere up in car. I looked for it for an hour and never did find it. Finally, thought of putting a section of hose over the linkage pin and it fit pretty snuggly in the rear lever. Put the clip on it and it seems to work pretty well. I guess I invented a poor man's bushing. Not sure how long it will last, but I hope it will last until a new bushing can be obtained. There really is very little room to access that rear one. You can get one hand in pretty easy, but when you put them both in there, I could not get a position to see my hands while laying on my back. Oh well, back to the drawing board. Not buying the $52 dollar tooll!!!