Mechanics

STUCK IN PARK

2003 Mercedes Benz 500sl

Electrical problem
2003 Mercedes Benz 500sl V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 36,000 miles

car in pristine condition. Everthing works perfectly. Will not release out of park.

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Rodchase
September 12, 2010.




Tiny
Rodchase
Sep 12, 2010.
Hello. Thanks for the donation. Much appreciated

Try jacking up one of the drive wheels (attached to drive axle) off the ground to release the tension off the transmission. You should hear a slight pop noise when tension is released. If this does not work you need to check the brake switch and neutral safety switch and transmission linkage

Dave H
Sep 13, 2010.
The brake switch would be the logical anwser, however the car had to be lifted to mercedes where they say the linkage (of which there is an electrical component/ has to be replaced.

I was told by the service dept that MB would pay for half and I would be responsible for half.

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This car has 37,000 miles on it. What gives?

Please reply with suggestion/comments

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Rodchase
Sep 13, 2010.
It is very puzzling why they would agree to pay half the cost's? I cannot find any recalls or TSB's which specifically relate to the transmission not shifting out of park or to the brake pedal/control system.
It is possib; e they are doing other work under warrenty/recall whilst fixing the problemask the dealer why they have agree to pay half the cost's

I did find these and one is a recall. And may or may not be related to your original problem? Please let me know the outcome

RECALL CAMPAIGN 2004050014 - PROGRAMMING SBC HYDRAULIC UNIT
SERVICE CAMPAIGN BULLETIN
Reference Number(s): 2004050014, Date of Issue: October 19, 2004
MERCEDES-BENZ: Models 211.065/070/076/082/083/026/265/283/282; 230.474/475/476
GROUP: 00 OF SERVICE INFORMATION BINDER
GROUP: I OF INFORMATION - PARTS & ACCESSORIES BINDER

Related Ref Number(s): 2004050014
ARTICLE BEGINNING
SUBJECT
MODELS 211.065/070/076/082/083/026/265/283/282, 230.474/475/476
MODEL YEARS 2003 THROUGH 2005
PROGRAMMING SBC HYDRAULIC UNIT
SERVICE INFORMATION
This Recall Campaign has been initiated because DCAG has determined that on the affected vehicles (see VIN range below), in certain instances, the Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC) pump motor may run out of permissible tolerances, thereby triggering the hydraulic back up function mode. In the hydraulic back up mode, the driver has braking power sufficient to stop the vehicle, although greater brake pedal pressure is required and the brake pedal travel will be noticeably longer which could lead to a vehicle crash. The recall will be conducted in order to re-program the SBC Hydraulic unit.
Please review the Effective Serial Number Chart located below.
Attached is a sample copy of a letter which owners of the affected vehicles will receive.
Prior to performing this Recall Campaign: Please check VMI to insure the vehicle is involved and to determine if the vehicle has been previously repaired.
Please review the entire Recall Campaign bulletin.
Approximately 140,387 vehicles are affected.
EFFECTIVE SERIAL NUMBER RANGE
EFFECTIVE SERIAL NUMBER RANGE
ModelChassis End Number
FromTo
211A014562A586891
X097696X163060
230F001748F085469

VEHICLE WILL NOT SHUT-OFF WHEN USING KEYLESS-GO
TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN
Reference Number(s): P-B-27.60/37, Date of Issue: May 21, 2003
MERCEDES-BENZ: Models 220.170/174/175/176/183/184 up to VIN 355873; Models 215.374/375/376 up to VIN 036333; Models 230.474/475 up to VIN 046968, Model Year 2003
GROUP: 27 - Automatic Transmission

Related Ref Number(s): 27.60/37
ARTICLE BEGINNING
SUBJECT
Vehicle Will Not Shut-Off When Using Keyless-Go
SERVICE INFORMATION
If you encounter customer reports in the above models of a condition where the vehicle cannot be shut-off with either the Keyless-Go card or Smart key, after the vehicle was initially started with the Keyless-Go card, perform the following procedure.
Replace the Electronic Shifter Module. Refer to the following WIS document AR27.60-P-0901R.
NOTE: Ensure that STAR Diagnosis is loaded with at least software version 04/2003 prior to ESM replacement. It is necessary that the ESM be programmed according to the proper vehicle type.

Using STAR Diagnosis, perform a Short Test and erase all stored diagnostic fault codes.
Verify proper operation of the vehicle using both the Keyless-Go card(s) and Smart key(s).
NOTE: In cases where the battery was disconnected or control module powered fuses were removed, normalization of the vehicle's electrical system will be necessary. Additionally ensure that all fuses or battery connections are properly secured. Refer to the following WIS documents AR54.10-P-0003R for model 230, and AR54.10-P-0003I for model 220/215.

PARTS INFORMATION
PARTS INFORMATION
Qty. Part NamePart Number
1Electronic Shifter Module (for all 220/215 with or without AMG)220 267 33 24
1Electronic Shifter Module (for all 230 with or without AMG)230 267 49 24

IN CASE OF WARRANTY
WARRANTY INFORMATION
Damage CodeOperation NumberLabor Time (hrs.)Model Indicator (s)
27645 7327 23551.3 hrs.M0, N0
27645 7327 23551.8 hrs.R0

Dave H
Sep 14, 2010.