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I have a C180 2004 model, automatic transmission. When the

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Hi. I have a C180...
Hi. I have a C180 2004 model, automatic transmission. When the engine is cold the gear change is very jerky. Especially in gears 1 and 2, and down change when you slow down, then try to accelerate. I have also noticed that now the car is jerking as i drive. Almost like the wheels are oblong!
JA: How many miles are on the car? Is it the original transmission?
Customer: 173000km. The gearbox was overalled 3 months ago
JA: What is the model of your '04 Mercedes?
Customer: C180. W203
JA: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: No. Had someone who works on Mercedes redo gearbox. I have done nothing since. The computer was put on the car, but showed no faults
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Just that it is jerking as I drive now. As I said, as if wheels are not round
Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Mercedes
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Mercedes Mechanic: Matt, Engineer replied 10 months ago
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This could be an airleak after the airflow meter, any air dragged in here isn't 'seen' by the ECU and so not compensated for causing rough running.

As the MAF is the main load sensor into the ECU it has a strong effect on gearshift quality

As its a mechanical fault it tends not to turn on the fault light and you can sometimes hear a 'hissing' noise with the engine running.

Check the hose clips for tightness and inspect the trunking for any cracks or splits and also all the vacuum system, the small bore pipes and fittings for cracks and missing parts.

The best way to locate a leak is to have the engine running and warm and then spray lighter gas /propane or brake cleaner around each joint in turn. If the engine rev's up you've found your leak.

Now you might think that spraying lighter gas around a hot engine isn’t wise, however the flash /ignition point of gas is about 400°C so you need a naked flame or spark to set it off and I’ve used this method for many years without incident.

Work your way through each possible joint one at a time and you should find it. I use a slightly flattened piece of brake pipe and some rubber hose from the can of lighter gas to provide a spraying 'wand' and allow a direct blast of gas into each area, especially those difficult to reach with large implements.

It’s also worth getting the fuel pressure checked as if this is low due to a blocked filter or faulty regulator or even a poorly pump will all result in insufficient fuel being delivered to the engine

Might also be worth checking the wiring and connector to the airflow meter for any signs of corrosion or damage. you can do a quick fault find if you unplug the meter and run the engine without it.

if the engine condition is the same then chances are the meter or the connection to it is faulty

It’s also worth cleaning the MAF sensor wires, as they can get coated with dirt over time which then offsets the reading

Use some contact cleaner or brake cleaner to spray onto the wires to remove the dirt – on no account touch the wires with anything as they are very fragile

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