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My 1991 300CE went into reverse fine wendesday night when I drove it. Saturday when I attempted to drive it, the car would not move once I put it in reverse. Can this be resolved by changing transmission fluid and filter or is it a much bigger problem?

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The transmission will have to come out to fix this problem unfortunately, check the fluid leave, top up if required but unlikely to cure no reverse gear.

Check and make sure that the transmission isn't over or under filled. If not, the clutches that operate the reverse gear are probably too worn, and don't operate until they are expanded by heat.

Check for loose shift lever bushings under the car on the transmission linkage, maybe it's not going all the way into reverse. Otherwise, you may need to replace the transmission.

You most probably need to replace reverse clutch plates. Not a big deal to remove front pump and replace or adjust the clearance; except that you have to remove the transmission first, which is a pretty big deal, and having removed the transmission is sort of hard to justify not rebuilding the whole thing while you've got it out.


Hope helps.

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