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Question DetailsAsked on 3/25/2017

My 98 Mercedes Benz tranny leaks goes into lint mode if its low and transmission gears are still good any suggestio

Cause I got the car cheap but when it comes to Mercedes it will cost you an arm and leg for parts if you can help please do

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Sounds like maybe now you know why you got it cheap, huh ?


You mean "limp mode" - meaning either the transmission is sending data that is outside of the normal/acceptable operating parameters, makes no sense at all, or data transmission to the computer has been cut off - like the cable has been severed or detached so the computer is getting no data at all from the transmission.


Limp mode is designed to get you to the nearest offramp or service place - not to continue driving, because you might well be damaging your transmission. And almost certainly are/have if it is leaking enough fluid that it is repeatedly going into limp mode.


Get the leak fixed - unless an input shaft seal, can commonly be fixed without dropping the tranny from the vehicle.


Assuming it is just a leak, which might be from the transmission cooler (normally at the radiator) or the lines to/from it, not from the transmission at all - spots/puddles on the drive may tell you that if you match them up to where the transmission is. Might just be a damaged line, loose connection or such - or a leaking gasket/seal on the transmission.


I would recommend taking it to a transmission specialty shop (but not a franchise chain one) or dealer (yes they are quite pricey) and have the leak found and a quote given for repair - and probably if going to get it repaired get a transmission service done too (typically a couple to few hundred $) to change the fluid and clean the pan and replace filter(s), because running it low on fluid like this has probably at least to some extent smoked the transmission (overheated it).


Other alternative - get rid of the car, because the current situation is not going to go on for long - pretty soon you will trash the transmission and be in for either junking it or paying $3000-6000 for a new transmission to be put in.


Your choice, but compare repair cost versus what you already have in the car versus what it would cost to get another suitable vehicle minus what you might get for this one in the current condition, then make a decision (though I hate to say it, but a Mercedes is rarely bought based on logic or economcis). And of course, bear in mind if you getrid of it and get another used car, you might just end up with a similar situation with it having an undisclosed problem, so if the repair cost is not exhorbitant and the mechanic says the transmission looks acceptable, sometimes you are better off repairing the known problem (assuming the car works find otherwise and is not extremely high mileage) than possibly just buying into a totally new one with a different used car. Why I buy only new cars - especially when they are offering free or very cheap lifetime warranties, because you have at least 7 years and sometimes far more before a major repair becomes your pocketbook's problem.

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