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This's about a 1991 190E Mercedes...first symptom was,it felt like the rear tires gunna fly off on the freeway (?)@ about 55mph? checked em,in the dark of course...bfriend convinces me its safe,just put em on etc, Next symptom, tranny starts slipping,next symptom,BIG problem going into reverse...not with shifter,but,once in reverse-car wont drive in reverse. next symptom, Noise like Trannys gunna fall out? Next symptom, I (the GIRL) notice the odometer does not operate-this is a used car we got bout 2 mos. ago. HELP!

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  • Michael Contreras
    Michael Contreras Oct 03, 2010

    is it a 4cyl or 6cyl and did you notice any transmission leaks. has the transmission fluid level been checked yet. you may have multiple issues here. Did the car drive and operate fine up until these recent issues. Has there been any kind of repair work or service work done to the car before all this happened

  • Cynthia Dutra
    Cynthia Dutra Oct 04, 2010

    6 cylinder, yes transmission fluild is at full level. But its got a charcol colored tint to it. No recent work done to it, yes, its been driving great untill recent events

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Well for starters the transmission fluid should not have a charcol color tint to it. It should be bright red or or slightly darker depending on when the fluid was last changed. The transmission oil pan should be removed in order to take a closer look at the fluid and to see if there is any metal debris sitting on the bottom of the pan. Definitely start with the transmission especially if you have no reverse gear because that means either the front pump or the reverse gear clutch plates are bad. It's highly possible especially with the trans fluid being a charcol grey color that there some internal damage in the transmission. Another way to confirm this is to smell the transmission fluid off the dipstick and see if it smells burnt. If it is burnt you will know it the odor is significant. One of the reasons also I say start with the transmission is because it can be a costly repair and it would be better to know right away if your gonna need to replace it before spending on other repairs first.

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