SL350 R231 Gear Shift Module

c11435

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CLS 250 CDI
My SL is stuck in park, cant put in drive or reverse
The RAC guy ( very helpful) came out and tried for 2 hrs trying to clear the electronic messages / status etc and sadly unable to clear it and believes the gear shift module is failing ( any thoughts? ) Trying to find if I can get a replacement rather than pay an exorbitant amount from Mercedes parts dept. Any help / advice greatly accepted. Can the module be fixed in some way?

regards
 

IanW

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W209 CLK 500
I can only speak from experience with the shift lock on my CLK, so read on at your peril.
The gear shift lever is mechanically interlocked via a Bowden cable to the ignition switch. The gear lever can't be moved out of 'P' until the key is in the ignition and turned. If the interlock cable has become detached (in my case at the gear lever end), the lever won't move. The cable goes into the gear lever assembly at the front - just under the ashtray in the CLK. The centre console/gearlever cover/ashtray and a couple of other bits need removing for access.
HTH,
Ian
 

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