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Vibration at top of gear range

"02 S500 with 130K miles has started a vibration in the rear of the vehicle at the top of each gear range. After the shift it goes away. I have not had the car serviced in a while. Could this just be transfluid?

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There is a rubber Disc that is mounted between the drive shaft and transmission. It is common for these Flex discs to crack and break, causing a vibration. There is also a center support bearing that sits in a rubber housing that often goes bad, causing a vibration.It is a fiarly common problem for MBenz

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You may have a failing drive shaft coupling ant the trans or diff.

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