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#1 Old 05-22-2011
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hello all, glad to have found this site. Im not sure if anyone would be able to help but here is my story...

So I have a 2001 slk 230 with 60k miles, and I took the benz out for a spin the other day and left the top down as I was in the store. It began raining out of no-where and it took me about 15 minutes to get to the car to put the top up. The shifter was completly soaked with water, and I was unable to remove the car from park. I came back the next day and was able to put the car in reverse, but unfortunately discovered that it will not shift past first gear (it just climbs higher and higher in RPMS)

Any thoughts? trans computer? shorted a circuit? hopefully its a simple fix!! im hoping some how maybe i just blew a fuse or need to have something reset??

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Welcome from Michigan.... Water not friendly to electronics.... Hopefully, a good opportunity to dry will result in self-correction of the problem. Good luck.
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Sounds like you might be in limp home mode. Check your owners manual for instruction on how to unlock the shif lever if it is still stuck.
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Welcome from London via Louisiana. As others have said, sounds like you are in limp home mode, which your dealer should be able to reset for ya.



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Sorry to hear abt your problem, .......... hope its sorted out by now. Please do share with us re the solution, thanks.
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