This is an issue with your vacuum system.  Any time you have hard shifts, 
you've either lost the vacuum signal or the controls that mange it are messed 
up.

-D

> On Aug 8, 2017, at 2:46 PM, Craig via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> 
> In our '90 E300D, I have noticed the shifting varies from hard to REALLY
> hard. I would think this is not good for things. 
> 
> It doesn't bother me if I remember to have my head pushed back into the
> headrest, but I wonder what it is going to the flexible couplings and the
> other things in the driveline. In going up the mountains between here and
> Albuquerque, if I use the kickdown switch to go to third gear from
> fourth, when it does upshift when the slope decreases, there is a loud
> CLUNK from the rear end.
> 
> Sometimes in going from first to second, it will chirp the tires. It was
> particularly exciting one time making a left turn on rain-slicked streets
> when I wasn't expecting it. That broke the whole rear end loose and
> required some speedy skid correction.
> 
> Will changing the transmission fluid help this?
> 
> Is there any adjustment for this?
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> 
> Craig
> 
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