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my shift-surround pops out whenever I shift into drive or park.

 
Old 08-28-2015, 04:20 PM
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I just replaced the gaiter and it looks great. You have to remove the old one and glue it to the base. Ebay seller out of the UK. If you need a new bezel there are aftermarket ones out for like $65 that are just fine.
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Old 07-11-2017, 02:35 AM
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We bought our C240 less than a week ago and already are having this issue. Glad to see its not an uncommon problem. Just wish it hadn't happened, as now I get to work in the 115 degree garage and try to get this fixed.

Glad I came across this forum and thread. Hate going to stealerships!
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Old 07-12-2017, 02:20 PM
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We bought our C240 less than a week ago and already are having this issue. Glad to see its not an uncommon problem. Just wish it hadn't happened, as now I get to work in the 115 degree garage and try to get this fixed.

Glad I came across this forum and thread. Hate going to stealerships!
My advice is buy OE parts. I tried after-market and it was hard to install and it broke in a few days.
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I fixed it last night using a modified version of the paper clip fix. I used a very small screw instead of a paper clip. worked great.
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I had the same issue with my CLK500 convertible, the plastic trim around shifter was popping out at park or drive. The tabs didn't brake yet. I followed simple logic, if natural leather shrunk, it can be stretched back. I don't drive my convertible in Massachusetts in the winter, so I had some time. I removed the leather boot with the shifter knob and hung it by the knob with the weights (13 lb) attached to the leather boot plastic ring (see pictures). Before stretching I measured the front and back seams of the boot. Over period of 2 weeks I was spraying the inside of the leather boot with the stretching solution that I made myself (1 part of rubbing alcohol and 3 parts of water). Any leather stretching spray may also work. I was able to stretch the boot half inch at the front and back seams. After that I applied the leather conditioner to make the boot soft and flexible. I had to apply it few times, the leather was dry and absorbed the conditioner quickly. The hanging system I used allowed me stretch the boot evenly or target the front or back seams separately. Now it's like new again.
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The white marks on the leather that you can see on the pictures, were completely gone after few applications of the leather conditioner.
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