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Shifter Bushing Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Shifter Bushing Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$3 to $10

Talent:

**

Tools:

Philips head, flathead screwdriver driver, 10mm socket, circlip tool

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W123 (1977-85)

Parts Required:

Bushings

Hot Tip:

Grease them well

Performance Gain:

Tighter shifts

Complementary Modification:

Detail the center console

One of the most overlooked areas of the automatic transmission shifting mechanism is the two bushings in the base of the shifter housing. These will deteriorate over the years and can eventually fall out. If you are having difficulties with shifting, finding a gear or just slop in the system there is a good chance your bushings have gone bad. Replacement is easy and can go a long way to restoring the factory feel of your shifter.

Over the years your car may have been serviced by multiple people including previous owners and this can lead to parts replaced with different size fasteners and hardware. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches. If something is different on your vehicle please let us know and share your info to help other users. If you have any questions or comments or even a different procedure you would like to share please leave it below and please leave your vehicle information.

If the shifter bushings have deteriorated enough you will find difficulty in shifting, locating the proper gear and general sloppiness in shifting.
Figure 1

If the shifter bushings have deteriorated enough you will find difficulty in shifting, locating the proper gear and general sloppiness in shifting. To replace the bushings you will first need to remove the lower center console; please see our article on these procedures for additional instruction.

Next you will need to remove the shifter cover and shift rod so please see our step by step instructions on this job.
Figure 2

Next you will need to remove the shifter cover and shift rod so please see our step by step instructions on this job.

With the shifter removed you will have access to the shifter housing.
Figure 3

With the shifter removed you will have access to the shifter housing. Begin by removing the four 10mm bolts holding the housing in place (red arrows). There are two small metal brackets on the housing just move them out of the way. The shifter rod is connected to the transmission shifter rod below the housing; you do not need to disconnect this.

Use a flathead screwdriver and remove the two clips on the rod that goes through the coupler (red arrows).
Figure 4

Use a flathead screwdriver and remove the two clips on the rod that goes through the coupler (red arrows).

Push the small rod out and remove the coupler (red arrow) and spring (yellow arrow).
Figure 5

Push the small rod out and remove the coupler (red arrow) and spring (yellow arrow).

Tilt the housing up and use a circlip removal tool to remove the small circlip on the end (red arrow).
Figure 6

Tilt the housing up and use a circlip removal tool to remove the small circlip on the end (red arrow).

Make sure you do not lose or forget to reinstall the washer between the circlip and bushing.
Figure 7

Make sure you do not lose or forget to reinstall the washer between the circlip and bushing. You can now tilt the housing back and slide it off the rod.

With the rod (red arrow) separate from the housing give it a good cleaning and lubrication before reinstalling it into the new bushings and housing.
Figure 8

With the rod (red arrow) separate from the housing give it a good cleaning and lubrication before reinstalling it into the new bushings and housing. Make sure you do not let it fall between the opening and down into the transmission tunnel.

Push the old bushings (red arrows) out and install the new ones.
Figure 9

Push the old bushings (red arrows) out and install the new ones. Make sure to lube the inside of the bushing where it rides on the rod. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
javirvi Comments: Hi, One question, is the shifter bushing replacement procedure similar for Manual trasmission??

Regards
September 29, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, manual is different. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Recep Comments: I need this Shifter matic w210 tahun 97
September 20, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: 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
 

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