Transmission won't engage

I was driving on a local street around here, and suddenly my RPM was at 5000. The car shifted out of gear on its own. I stopped and attempted to put it into gear, but it wont go, any any gear, reverse
doesn't work. The fluid was changed about 1000 miles ago, and the transmission drove excellent before, no slips or delays at all. I use the shifter a lot to down shift frequently, could it be the electrical piece the shifter linkage connects to. The fluid is not low or over filled and is not burnt. Vacuum line is connected as well. Any ideas? Again it drove fine before, had no signs of eminent failure. The reverse lights come on when in gear also.
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My crystal ball is cloudy...... how about a year and model??

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My mistake. 1984 500 SEL Euro
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Check fluid level again. Otherwise, I would say your tranny is a toast.
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Ok. Im going to look around for any used trannys. What cars would I be able to pull one out of that would be compatible? its a 84 500 SEL Euro
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On the pass side of the trans, just above the oil pan gasket, is a flat area. Stamped into it will be the transmission serial number. The first 6 digits is the type and model. It should start 722 and then it may be 302 or 311. That tells you it is a 722.3XX trans. The 380 in the 126 body used a 722.301 or 722.311. They will not interchange. Choices are the 126 body 500 SE or the 500SEC. It has to be the 126 body because of the electric speedometer.
What is your complete VIN? WDB126037????????

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I found a transmission. Its from a 85 500 sel. Has 93000 miles on it. Going to check it out tomorrow
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UPDATE:
I found a transmission. Its from a 1985 500 SEL. Car was wrecked in the front. Has 93,000 miles on it. The fluid from that trans was very clean and didnt smell burnt. Judging by how the car looked, it was well taken car of and the miles were actual. VERY clean looking car inside. I got it for $450. Im gonna start installing it myself tomorrow.
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Well I got the replacement transmission installed and its driving excellent, even better than it did before. Not sure what went wrong with the old one, but who cares is all done now.
The yard I got the replacement transmission didn't want the old one for a core, nor did they have a core charge. Is this normal?
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Wow, congratulations. That is a quick job.
Rebuilders take core. Yards don't. They don't need a broken one which can't sell :-)
By the way, where are you? Or I mean where the yard is?
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All the self-serve yards here in Calif charge for the core. They are in the scrap metal business. Most full serve yards want the core to sell to rebuilders.
What frosts me is the sales tax. If you do not bring the core in at the time of sale, they charge you the core charge + sales tax. When you bring back the core, they refund the core charge but NOT the sales tax. Totally legal according to the State Board of Equalization. Total robbery!

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Karl wrote:

My pet peeve is the restaurants that charge sales tax on the full price, then take off the discount, say on a 2 for 1 deal. It should be discount, than tax on the discounted price. After all, that is the sales they report to the state.
Chip
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Chip wrote:

Unfortunately, that IS the way that the tax law reads. (At least it does here)
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