E240 gear problem?

Discussion in 'Engine' started by Charles.Y, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. Charles.Y

    Charles.Y Member

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    My E240 auto (1998 model) recently sometimes after starting the car will hold on to the 1st gear and will not change up. I noticed that the rpm is near 5000 at about 20 mph. When I stopped the car and restarted engine, the problem is gone. Is it something serious please advice.

    MAF sensor? Gearbox? etc
     
  2. nickcc101

    nickcc101 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Check the oil level if you have a dipstick, if not you can buy one from ebay for about £20, or take to indie or Mercedes. Oil and filter should be changed about 50k miles. If you say whereabouts you live then another member will probably lend you a dipstick.
     
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    Charles.Y

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    It was lasted serviced 12 months ago and the service is not due for another 5000 miles. Is it the oil level low - I will check.
     
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    Just checked the oil level which is fine (right at max). Please advice any other causes.
     
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    As long as you have checked the auto transmission oil level (i would have thought that you would have had a sealed diptube without a dipstick though) then you need to find out when the transmission oil and filter were changed. If it is the original and your cars mileage is in the eighty thousand region or higher then i would suggest changing the auto transmission oil and filter first. This will be a far cheaper option before taking into indie or Mercedes. If this fails to cure the problem then you need advice (Star computer) from indie or mercedes. Make sure you are using the correct diptube and not the engine oil. Auto transmission oil is not changed, unless requested on a normal service, as it was supposed to be filled for life. This has now been proven to be incorrect advice.
     
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    Charles.Y

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    Hi nickcc101,

    Thanks for the info. My car has always been serviced by authorised MB garage (and it has done 80k miles) and I always thought that they will (as an expert) take appropriate action to change the fluid thru routine services which is apparently not.
     
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    Hello Charles.Y

    No they don't change transmission oil unless requested as Mercedes state that the oil should last the life of the car. I changed my Auto transmission oil and filter at 83000 miles after i started to loose drive and also found the gearchange very jerky. This solved my problem. The oil costs app £11 per litre and the filter with gasket about £12. The max oil you should require is 7 litres. There are plenty of first rate threads on the Forum with all the information you will need if you are intending to do this job yourself. All the information that i have, re this subject, has been learned off this forum.
     
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    Hi all, I am new to this, I got a E240 Elegance 1998 Auto 80K on the clock,
    the first problem was that i did not have any drive at all, or reverse, i changed the filter and the ATF now i have drive and Reverse but the car will not change up a gear, cold or worm, it will not change gears, i tryed swiching it of and on, did not help, any advice,
    and one more thing how much ATF is needed, and dose any one near harrow have a dipstick that i can use to check the levle.
    many thanks
     
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    Can you change gear into second by moving the gear lever to 2?
     
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    Can damage be done to the gearbox if the oil is not changed until it misbehaves? I mean is there any real advantage to changing the gearbox oil if the gearbox is working fine?
     
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    lynall Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I would say you change your engine oil to prolong the life of the engine so do the same for the gearbox.

    My favourite saying is oil is cheap and engines and gearboxs are not!



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    It is VERY important to get the ATF changed.
     
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    welland99 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Well that makes it seem even stranger that MB say there is no need to change the oil ever. Some have written that it should be changed at 80k miles, but look at how many people run these cars into the multiple hundreds of thousand miles. What were MB thinking of?
     
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    SOMEONE (In Stuttgart,Maybe?) wasn't thinking...

    "They"were listening to silly "bean counters"or "merchandising specialists"
    instead of the "Engineers".
    I still cannot believe ANYONE fell for this ridiculous scheme.
    (at MB or the public)
    MB has been making autos for over 100 years,THEY know Better!

    The only way I'm not changing fluids (At the extreme service intervals...
    normal in town driving) is upon direct command of the Almighty...AND last
    I was informed there is no hope of communication from that quarter on this
    subject.
     
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