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Failed Valve Body in Transmission on Mercedes-Benz S430
2006 Mercedes-Benz S430 107,100 mi, Visitor
My valve body has been failing...(stuck in 3rd or higher gear), at stop after driving on a long stretch. I use to pull over, shut off engine, wait 1 minute and it would reset. Now it has failed all together and I learn it is a "dealer only" repair. When it failed it was stuck in 1st gear, maximum 20mph at 2000 rpm...Merecedes has replaced thousands of these valve bodies for that model year...this sholod be a "recall item". I cold drive an inexpensive vehicle and this would never happen...on an "S Class" Merecedes? MB is laughing on their way to the bank. Last one for me.
Problem was the transmission jerked when slowing down or stopping. I believe this is called a harsh 2-1 downshift. Initially I was told by dealership that it would be necessary to replace the valvebody. However, for some reason they repaired it instead (I have read that valvebodies are in short supply). According to the invoice the valvebody shift valve was binding. The 2-1 downshift adaptation was high at - 19 cycles. It was necessary to program and SCN code trans control modules with latest version. The control module would not accept manual input of the EHS#. After several attempts, techremoved transmission. Tech replaced updated B1 and B3 clutch snap rings and removed B3 shift valve from valvebody and deburred for smooth operation (binding). The total repair came to $2111.50 ($361.50 parts and $1750 labor). I'd also like to mention, that at 39,000 miles, the car had a transmission leak, which I understand can cause a problem like this later on.
2004 Mercedes-Benz S430 102,000 mi, Visitor
I have the same problem
2006 Mercedes-Benz S430 99,000 mi, Visitor
transmission won't shift
2000 Mercedes-Benz S430 174,000 mi, Visitor
I have Mercedes Benz s430 2000 problem it's stuck in 1at gear
2004 Mercedes-Benz S430 61,000 mi, Visitor
hard down shift from second to first when stopping.
The valve body mounted inside the transmission fails causing the transmission to fail to shift. The problem usually starts with a hard second to first downshift.