Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Difficulty shifting, starting problems

asked by on

I bought this car used and it ran great for a couple of months. Then, it started to develop some transmission problems. It has difficulty shifting out of first and second gear. It's like these gears get stuck. So, when I put it in drive, I have to floor the gas pedal so as to be able to shift out of second gear. I attempted to check the fluid but was unable to because it is specified that it had to be done at MB dealership. The problem is getting worse. The other day I tried to start it but it wouldn't. There wasn't any noise like it would start. The dashboard lights were on in the car. After trying to jump start it several times, it eventually started. What is causing this?

Hello there. It does indeed sound like something may be going on with the transmission for your 2001 Mercedes Benz CLK430. The most common causes of shifting poorly would be a low fluid level, transmission linkage, shift solenoid or a mechanical transmission fault.

Mercedes generally do not come with a transmission dipstick to check the fluid level. This dipstick is a special tool that the dealers will carry as well as european mechanics. If you need help having this looked at, a qualified professional, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to diagnose the shifting issue and advise you on any repairs required.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: For three days, car won't start and jump-started - 2014 Ford C-Max

Hello. Although this may sound like a simple answer, it is very possible that you could have a loose ground connection near your battery. This is often times overlooked by even the best mechanics because it is such a simple...

Q: Multiple codes coming up

Hi. Two of the three codes you have given me have a little to do with each other. These are the p0300 and p0170 code as they are reporting issues monitoring fueling. The p0341 code indicates a failure in the...

Q: Driving then all of a sudden loose speed and truck won't accelerate. Power is fine. Engine shakes a little. Gas pedal feels loose

Hello. If the speedometer is not working, then the first thing I would check is the vehicle speed sensor. If the speed sensor is bad then the computer will not shift the vehicle which will cause this. If the engine...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.