Merc C200 Auto : The ultimate nitemare

mercedes-benz
c-class

#1

The car: C200 1999 auto box

Problem 1: Dead Electronic Ignition Switch - stuck in ‘park’ - Indy checked remote key OK
Solution: Need a tow to service
Problem 2: transmission is locked in ‘park’, no emergency release like any other auto I’ve owned.
Problem 3: As ‘park’ locks transmission, it is impossible to move.
Problem 4: PLUS - steering is also locked.

… a circular set of issues that is going to be problematic for the tow guys.

We have a gravel drive so I guess they can drag it up the truck rails!

I would appreciate any ideas on how to help prepare for what is going to be an interesting and expensive exercise.

Thanks in advance.


#2

Video shows where the release button is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsjmQQrmCPQ
Also, wheel dollies could aid in moving the car if it is on a smooth surface.
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200578635_200578635?cm_mmc=Google-pla--Auto%20Repair--Wheel%20Dollies-_-27918&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=27918&gclid=CMvwyMWet7oCFUPl7AodQxUAGA


#3

Tow truck drivers do this for a living, it’s not a big deal…Getting if OFF the flatbed will be more difficult, but they will manage that too. Somewhere along the way, they will get it out of park…


#4

Thanks for the link knfenimore. The car is a W202 and unfortunately, even having removed the top and base plate there is no aperture for say a pencil as in other models/years.


#5

Caddyman - thanks, makes feel a bit easier.


#6

Wheel dollies would be my suggestion. Good luck! Rocketman