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Gear Selector Bushing Replacement
 
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Gear Selector Bushing Replacement

Time:

15 mins.

Tab:

$3.00

Talent:

**

Tools:

Screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W210 (1996-03)

Parts Required:

Gear selector bushing

Hot Tip:

Use the special tool to help install the bushing

Performance Gain:

Easier shifting

Complementary Modification:

Replace driveshaft flex discs

Have you noticed a "clunking" sound when you put your car into gear? Is there a rattling sound coming from the gear selector lever when you drive over rough roads? If so, the cause is probably the small bushing at the very bottom of the gear selector. This bushing sits directly above the catalytic converters and over time, wears out due to heat and repeated use. Replacement isn't too difficult, but the bushing itself sits in an awkward location.

Begin by jacking the car up and securing it on jackstands at all four jacking points on the car. NEVER rely on a floor jack to hold the car up. Doing so only invites the possibility for a serious accident. You'll want to get the car as high up as you can.

*Note - Our article references the 1996 E320 with the 5-speed transmission and bushing part # 202-992-00-10. Owners of the 1996 E320 should check which bushing they have first. Model years 1997 and later are all 5-speeds.

Shown here is the new gear selector bushing for the W210 Mercedes with the 722.
Figure 1

Shown here is the new gear selector bushing for the W210 Mercedes with the 722.6 transmission.

With the engine off, place the car into first gear.
Figure 2

With the engine off, place the car into first gear. This will move the end of the gear lever closer to the front of the car for easier access.

Underneath the car, you'll see the green bushing (yellow arrow) on the end of the lever.
Figure 3

Underneath the car, you'll see the green bushing (yellow arrow) on the end of the lever. Remove the spring clip (green arrow), then push the linkage arm (purple arrow) out of the bushing.

Use a screwdriver to push the old bushing out of the end of the gear selector lever (green arrow).
Figure 4

Use a screwdriver to push the old bushing out of the end of the gear selector lever (green arrow).

Now comes the tricky part.
Figure 5

Now comes the tricky part. You'll need to press the new bushing into the end of the gear selector lever. In our case, I put a small amount of silicone lubricant on the outside of the new bushing and slid it halfway into place on the lever. Then I was able to press the remaining lip into place using a set of long needle-nose pliers. This picture shows the new bushing installed on the lever (green arrow). At this point, just push the linkage arm through the new bushing and re-install the spring clip. At that's it, you're finished.

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Comments and Suggestions:
The topher Comments: Nick

In my 2001 E320 base model, the other end of the shift rod connects to a lever on the transmission. The shift rod is loose in on this connection also. It rattles around in a hole the same size as the other end of the rod that connects to the shift lever. It has a clip that is identical to the other side. It sure looks like a bushing is missing.

A comment dated May 23, 2012 also indicates there is a second bushing. I have the special tool but I can figure out how to work it. Can you update the article for the second bushing?

How do you replace the second one? There is no room!
Followup from the Pelican Staff: There be just the one shown. On the linkage from the shifter to the rod on the trans. - Nick at Pelican Parts
May 8, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Can you share a photo? if missing, it should be able to be replaced. Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
The topher Comments: Are there two shifter bushings? The one connected to the shift lever and another one connected to the transmission.

How do you replace the second one? There is no room!
May 7, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There be just the one shown. On the linkage from the shifter to the rod on the trans. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BE-DIGITAL Comments: Also, John H is correct. The bushing in the photo of this EXCELLENT write up is not the correct bushing for a 1996 Mercedes Benz E320. The one that i had replaced was a thinner black bushing and strangely enough, of the two other bushings i purchased at the dealer one of them is shaped like the one in this write up.

Last question, sorry.. When the mechanic changed this bushing for me, he completely removed the linkage. He took the entire thing off the car to change the bushing and it took him some time to get it back on. Could he have re-installed it incorrectly causing the car to no longer start in park?
January 27, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I have someone correcting the article info.

Yes, it could be installed wrong, or the wrong part was installed, stopping it from going into correct gear ranges.- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
BE-DIGITAL Comments: Question. I recently had my gear shifter bushing replaced on my 96 e320 becuase the shifter itself was very sloppy and twice the car would not start in park. AFTER replacing this bushing the car, the shifting is nice and tight but the car no longer starts in park and i am left having to start it in neutral. I went to the dealer who explained there are three bushings so i plan on trying to replace them all. Someone mentioned that i may have to adjust the neutral safety switch, is this true? How do you adjust it if so?
January 27, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No adjustments that I recall, Your selector may be the issue. No necessarily the bushing. i would remove the selector, then inspect the linkage and bushing. Determine what is worn before ordering parts. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
John H Comments: Beware, make sure you get the correct bushing! I have a 1996 E320, W210 and ordered the 202 992 00 10 green bushing that the website said was correct for my car. After wasting, struggling and fighting under the car attempting to clip it on, I then went inside the car and removed all the center console stuff and removed the shifter assembly, I then could easily see that the green bushing was too fat and the pin did not protrude enough through it to ever be able to clip it on. I phoned Pelican and gave a nice woman my VIN and guess what? My car takes a different bushing, 210 992 00 10, that is black and thinner and the website says will not fit my car. After getting the bushing, it went together fairly easily. Bushing pressed on by hand and clip seated with long handled vise grips. Another tip, underneath there is a bracket, held by two bolts one either end that looks to only to keep the front O2 sensor wire from touching the driveshaft or exhaust. If you temporary remove that bracket, it makes access to the bushing and clip a little easier. What could have been a half hour job turned into a several day job, because of receiving the wrong $4 bushing!
January 24, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it. I will have someone look into the part application data.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jeff Comments: 98 e-430 130000 miles. transmission will go into reverse and drive but when i tried to downshift the other day was very difficult to get into any other gear. i figured it's because i never use these gears? once i force it into a lower gear the trans works as it should. is there something that needs grease?
January 16, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Your cable or shift linkage may be binding. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
simsom Comments: what happens when not revesing but workinh oather gears c220
November 1, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Likely a problem with the valve body or a pressure loss. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
David Comments: My 1998 e320 transmission does not engage into 1st, 2nd or 3rd gear.
It shifts and seems to work fine in Drive and Reverse. It also shifts into Neutral and Park with no problem. There seems to be seepage of oil coating the bottom of the transmission pan.

Could this be due to 'low' transmission fluid level?

Thank you
June 29, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be, if empty. Check the fluid level and fault codes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Loren Comments: I have a 96 MB E320 and one day we parked the car, shut it off and when we came back to leave, we could start the car, but could not get it out of park. We ended up being trailered to our MB shop, when they replace both cables from the ignition switch to the brake and from the brake to the transmission. It's fine now but the shifter still does not feel right. Could the bushing still be a problem? Thanks!
March 20, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It could be. I would have the work performed double checked. To rule out any issues with the new parts, first. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Keith Comments: I have a 2001 e430 with 122k miles. Just today the gear shift wont move out of park and the check engine light comes on. Any idea what is going on? Thanks!
April 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: COuld be a faulty shift module. I would start by checking the DME for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Yaskulka Comments: It is easier to do it from cabin - bushing easily accessible from inside.
March 28, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Yaskulka Comments: Easier to do this from inside of car.
March 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jun Comments: nick thank you for the reply. about your question i, replace the whole harness connector o ring included on the new parts. any other suggestion you can give to fixed this leak, i'll be on schedule to travel back to california this fall from nebraska.
September 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you are sure the leak is coming from the connector, one of the O-rings may have been damaged during your repair. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jun Comments: i have 1997 mercedes c280, the problem is the trnsmission fluid is leaking on the trans.plug harness connector, I replaced it already but still leaking there ara 2 o ring included in the parts i bought, i am suspecting the 3rd. o ring on the wire harness itself but upon checking it it seems to look good, buy the way i got 94,000 miles on my car,can i put sealant on the connector to prevent the leak or anybody can have a better idea to fix my problem, thank you very much any idea will be considered.
September 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The harness itself may be faulty, did you only replace the O-rings for the bulkhead connector? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
iftikhar Comments: hello is it possible to use mobile oil air filter mercedes benz as of old model wvin 96 model w210 ?
July 15, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: As long as the filter part number is for your vehicle, you can use it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
iftikhar Comments: hello i have 96 model w210 mercedes with automatic transmision.its gear shifting from 3 to 4 giving problem.can you tell me how to adjust its cable? i shall be thankful.
July 15, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Cable?
First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
T Comments: The Bushing is Thermoplastic to install it easily just put it in very hot water for a couple of minutes to soften it, remove from water and install quickly.
May 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Erwin Comments: The front one is actually pretty easy to replace. After you took the shifter assembly off and replaced the rear bushing. Undo the 10mm nut and bolt holding the yoke or lever to the transmission. Take the yoke off the tranny. Pull the long shifter rod with the yoke backward over the cat and get it out of there. Then u can replace the bushing on the bench. Installation is as reverse.
February 18, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
manic mb owner Comments: Have changed both gear shifter bushings got from pelican parts shifter is still stuck. Have replaced brake switch no help. Can move shifter lever if I push on cable running from ignition is the cable
January 13, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That looks like the shift interlock cable. Can you share where the other end connects? Is it to the lock cylinder? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mercedsmaniac Comments: Have a 96 e320 gear shifter is stuck between p and r. Can get in p but key won't release. Have changed brake switch. Will the bushing cause this? Can you replace bushing from inside?
December 27, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you disconnect the cable, will the shifter move? If so, remove the cable from the transmission and check if the linkage is jammed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Hirnbeiss Comments: There is a second bushing at the front end of the linkage rod, between the tranny and the tunnel. Replacing it requires the special tool because there is no room for any leverage.
May 23, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Agreed, that is a seriously tight area to work.
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