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Difficulty putting 2001 S500 into gear

My brake pad light popped on 4 days ago and the A Service light came on this morning - it will go to the shop tomorrow. However, for the last 2 to 3 weeks, I have had problems (especially in the mornings) with the car getting into gear. The gear shift simply will not move into reverse. I wanted to ask somebody before I show up at a shop (mechanics can see women coming a mile away) and get some outlandish problem or price. By the way, the car has approximately 110,000 miles - what is done at the A Service? And what could the hesitation with getting into gear be - it normally takes 50 tries in the morning to get this car into gear. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous Jan 01, 2009

    I can't put my 2001 S430 into reverse (or any gear) at all. Is this a gear assembly issue? If so, how expensive?

  • christine455 Aug 12, 2012

    did you get the issue repaired? If so what was the problem and how much did it cost you?



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A malfunctioning stop lamp switch can cause this symptom. Another cause can be a bad shifter assembly or gearshifter switch, although when these malfunction its usually permanently failed. The stop lamp switch is located on the brake pedal arm is is fairly easy to replace. You've likely had this long resolved by now, as I have just joined this site. Also, an A-service is basically an oil change with a vehicle inspection and battery test. Harry (master certified MBZ diagnostic tech)

Posted on Dec 06, 2008


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