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Old 12-15-2001, 12:31 PM
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Synthetic will run off the dipstick and drip. Dino will slowly drip if 10W40 or so. Straight 30W or 20W50 or 40W will not drip off the dipstick at the temps we have now. Can't tell anything else about viscosity or source.

Shouldn't be very dark, either -- TE is a gas engine, so the oil shouldn't be black. If it is, it's been in there a long, long time!

If the tranny oil is dark brown or smells burnt, the tranny is probably slipping -- MB recommends regular tranmission oil changes. Probably why they go 250,000 miles with nothing but oil changes!

1972 220D ?? miles
1988 300E 200,012
1987 300D Turbo killed 9/25/07, 275,000 miles
1985 Volvo 740 GLE Turobodiesel 218,000
1972 280 SE 4.5 165, 000 - It runs!
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