Mercedes-Benz Parts Catalog Mercedes-Benz Accessories Catalog Mercedes-Benz Technical Articles Mercedes-Benz Tech Forums
 
Follow Pelican Parts on Facebook Follow Pelican Parts on Twitter Follow Pelican Parts on Instagram Follow Pelican Parts on YouTube Follow Pelican Parts on Pinterest Follow Pelican Parts on Tumblr
  Search our site:    
View Recent Cars  |   Cart  | Project List | Order Status | Help    
 >  >
Gear Selector Bushing Replacement
 
Bookmark and Share

Pelican Technical Article:

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.

Special tool PEL-B7200 (SHIFT SHAFT BUSHING INSTALLER) makes this job a lot easier however, you can do it without the tool with a little patience.

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.

Bookmark and Share
Comments and Suggestions:
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.
roy@pelicanparts.com
 

  Search our site:    

View Cart & CheckOut | Project List | Order Status |  Help    

 

[Home] [Customer Service] [Shopping Cart] [Project/Wish List]
  [Privacy Statement]  [Contact Us] [About Us] [Shipping] [Careers]

Copyright © Pelican Parts Inc. -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page

Page last updated: Fri 12/2/2016 02:11:58 AM