Der Klunker (1981 300SD) continues to earn his name.
Drove into the driveway of our apartmnent house in Manhattan. Switched
off. Unloaded groceries. Switched on. Car would not move. Jigggled the
gear shift lever a little bit and it detached itself from the
transmission. Car is locked in Park and cannot be moved. Thank God we
were in the driveway and not on the street, or worse.
Called road service, which sent over a tow truck in a remarkably short
time. He tried to jiggle the tranny out of Park but with no success. So
he attached the truck to the rear of the car and lifted the rear wheels
off the ground so he could tow the car. About one block to a garage
which I had already warned to be ready for us.
While we blocked all traffice on Manhattan's Upper East Side. the tow
truck lifted the car high so the garage owner could get under it with a
flashlight and screwdriver and promptly unlocked the tranny. Lowered car
to street and half a dozen people pushed it into the garage, which is
mid-block between two avenues. "You'll have it later today or tomorrow,"
said the owner.
Well, no. MB sent the wrong part and is having trouble finding the right
part. But I needed the car and the garage did not need to be pushing it
all over the place to keep up with parking restrictions and regulations.
"You can move it," said the garage owner, a Limerick man with a brogue
you could cut with a knife.
They had taken the top off the console and moved the useless shift lever
out of the way, then attached a visegrip wrench to the tranny
activatror, which is a solid rod on top of the tranny. With the wrench
solidly in place one can shift the transmission from Park to Reverse to
Neutral to Drive and Second but not Low. "If you drop it to Low you
won't be able to get it out of Low and the tranny will be locked" he
I drove it all weekend and this morning with no trouble using great care
when shifting. Indeed, should I just pay him for the visegrip wrench
and be done with it? :)
Lovely to see such ingenuity. The car is clearly in good hands.