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Removal and Installation of Automatic Trans Shift Handle
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Removal and Installation of Automatic Trans Shift Handle

Mike Holloway

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$50 to $200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Phillips head screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, 10mm socket wrench, needle nose pliers

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz R107 (1975-86)

Hot Tip:

Disconnect battery

Performance Gain:

Improved shift transitions

Complementary Modification:

Clean transmission linkages

In order to remove the shift handle you will have to remove the shift lever cover in order to get to the shift lever. In order to remove the shift cover it may make the job easier in the long run to remove the console. This also provides the opportunity to investigate and clean underneath the console.

Before you do any work on your car it is important that you wear safety glasses, work gloves and dispose of all fluids in a safe manner. Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability. Always wear eye and hand protection. Disconnect the battery before working on your car.

Move the shift lever to the neutral or drive position.
Figure 1

Move the shift lever to the neutral or drive position. This is required in order to have room to remove the ashtray. The ashtray has to be removed in order to get to the shift lever cover screws.  

Before the ashtray can be removed the climate control panel has to be removed.
Figure 2

Before the ashtray can be removed the climate control panel has to be removed. Open the ashtray.

Gently pry off the climate control cover.
Figure 3

Gently pry off the climate control cover.

Move the ashtray forward to expose the holding clip.
Figure 4

Move the ashtray forward to expose the holding clip.

Press the holding clip down to lift the ashtray forward.
Figure 5

Press the holding clip down to lift the ashtray forward.

The ashtray can be pulled forward and removed.
Figure 6

The ashtray can be pulled forward and removed. The frame will now have to be removed.

Once the ashtray is removed, loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws.
Figure 7

Once the ashtray is removed, loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws.

Once the ashtray is free, pull it forward and disconnect the lead that provides power to heat the cigarette lighter coil.
Figure 8

Once the ashtray is free, pull it forward and disconnect the lead that provides power to heat the cigarette lighter coil.

With the ashtray removed, loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws from the shift lever cover.
Figure 9

With the ashtray removed, loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws from the shift lever cover.

Pull the shift cover forward.
Figure 10

Pull the shift cover forward.

Disconnect the leads for the window switches and the hazard indicator switch.
Figure 11

Disconnect the leads for the window switches and the hazard indicator switch.

The shift lever cover is removed.
Figure 12

The shift lever cover is removed.

Using a Phillips head screwdriver, loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws that attach the console to the floorboard.
Figure 13

Using a Phillips head screwdriver, loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws that attach the console to the floorboard.

Using a Phillips head screwdriver, loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws that attach the carpet to the floorboard.
Figure 14

Using a Phillips head screwdriver, loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws that attach the carpet to the floorboard.

Using a Phillips head screwdriver, loosen and remove the screws located at the front of the console.
Figure 15

Using a Phillips head screwdriver, loosen and remove the screws located at the front of the console. 

Using a Phillips head screwdriver, loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws that attach the panels above the floorboard.
Figure 16

Using a Phillips head screwdriver, loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws that attach the panels above the floorboard.

remove the panels.
Figure 17

remove the panels.

Behind the radio and climate control there is a brace with two Phillips head screws.
Figure 18

Behind the radio and climate control there is a brace with two Phillips head screws. Loosen and remove the screws.

Once you have the console removed, the shifter will be exposed.
Figure 19

Once you have the console removed, the shifter will be exposed. Using a 10mm socket, loosen and remove the bolts holding the shifter to the frame.

After the screws have been removed, the shift selector plate can be lifted to expose set bolts and set clips holding the shifter.
Figure 20

After the screws have been removed, the shift selector plate can be lifted to expose set bolts and set clips holding the shifter. You may also discover that some of the plastic bushing material has deteriorated. 

Using needle nose pliers, remove the set clip that holds the spring clip of the shifter.
Figure 21

Using needle nose pliers, remove the set clip that holds the spring clip of the shifter.

Notice the deterioration of the plastic bushing.
Figure 22

Notice the deterioration of the plastic bushing.

Using a 10mm socket, loosen and remove the set bolts that hold the shift mechanism.
Figure 23

Using a 10mm socket, loosen and remove the set bolts that hold the shift mechanism. 

Using needle nose pliers, remove the spring clip from the shifter.
Figure 24

Using needle nose pliers, remove the spring clip from the shifter.

After the spring clip is removed the pin can be slipped through and the shifter can be removed.
Figure 25

After the spring clip is removed the pin can be slipped through and the shifter can be removed.
Assembly is the reversal of removal.


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