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I have a 2002 E320, 160000 miles. Just started making a gh

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I have a 2002 E320, 160000 miles. Just started making a high pitched whirring noise as changing gears, then last night as I took off at traffic lights engine revved high and seemed to be stuck in first gear. I pulled over and turned engine off, started again and it was normal (but still made the high pitched noise).
What could it be??
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mercedes
Expert:  Michael Warfield replied 1 year ago.

I have seen the transmission pump start to make noise when they are low on fluid. I would suggest having the transmission fluid level checked with a special tool at a shop since there is no dipstick for it. You could purchase the special tool on your own here.

Expert:  Michael Warfield replied 1 year ago.

The low fluid can cause the engine to intermittently rev high because of the transmission slipping. If fluid level is ok, you could have a failing front transmission pump which would be indicative of the high pitched noise. I would suggest at your mileage that a rebuilt transmission would be a better option than trying to repair yours.

Expert:  Michael Warfield replied 1 year ago.

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