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Mercedes Transmissions

Mercedes Benz offers the ultimate in luxury and styling. Whether you want the seriousness of a sedan, the off-road flexibility of an SUV, or the dependability of a mini-van—Mercedes Benz takes you there with class.

For that distinguished, conservative look and feel, a new Mercedes sedan pampers you in stylish comfort. An Airmatic suspension system floats on pneumatic spring-struts and variable rate shocks for super smooth riding. It’s no slouch for power either, with a V8 engine and a 7-speed transmission that flexes a lot of muscle.

Front seats are trimmed in leather, have ten-way power adjusters, and feature three-position memory settings. Climate control keeps everyone comfortable to individual preference. And a high-end stereo system is combined with a Sirius satellite radio that lets you eliminate annoying ads.

Want to leave the high road for the no road?

The Mercedes Benz GL takes you there with comfort and plenty of towing capacity. A turbo charged 3-liter V6 diesel engine produces 210 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque, and still earns 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. With a 7-speed automatic transmission, full-time 4-wheel drive, electronic brake assist, adaptive variable suspension, stability control, traction control, tire pressure monitoring and automatic load leveling, it handles the worst of conditions with ease and grace.

Typically, mini-vans are noted for their family friendly versatility. But the Mercedes-Benz R-Class still infuses a healthy dose of personality. You can choose a 3.5-liter V-6, or a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V-6 that delivers 210 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque for extra pulling power. The R-Class strikes a healthy balance between comfortable ride, handling response, the needs of hauling heavy loads of people or cargo and possible towing.

Although known for their dependable engineering, even a Mercedes will experience transmission problems. Mercedes-Benz uses pneumatics or air pressure control in the transmission more than anyone else—especially in operating the transmission modulator. What makes the system special is the number of ways it can be adjusted. On the other hand, the combination of parts and the variety of wear conditions cause multiple shift problems over time. And these conditions change gradually over the life of the transmission.

A properly adjusted system presents a vacuum flow that curves—it changes from a lot to a little during normal operation. When skewed either way—too much or too little—shift problems occur. The ability to adjust the vacuum control system can save a transmission and reduce your repair cost. And proper tuning will enhance the overall performance of the vehicle as well. Although these vacuum adjustments should be made after the proper modulator pressure is achieved through modulator adjustments.

Another possible problem is related to the electronic transmission used since 1996. It’s filled with “permanent” fluid that darkens over time because it picks up graphite from clutches. And if left unchanged, it darkens the sensor windows inside the unit and leads to electronic faults. Therefore, we recommend fluid changes between 60,000 to 90,000 miles.

Of course we work on all makes and models of cars—import and domestic. We do so with expert skill and yet we can still save you money. So when you need expert transmission care for your car, call Westside Transmission & Automotive Inc..