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Old 08-04-2008, 09:17 PM
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Cursed Oil Canister

Well I just posted this morning about my leaky fuel lines on my 1971 220D. Now since my oil change Sunday the oil started pouring out
I've changed it many times and I know how tricky the canister style filters can be. Right after I changed it I checked it and it was leaking a little bit. I took it back out and found that I had put the rubber O ring on wrong. I had it laying flat on the flange of the canister rather than looking like a rubber band on the top portion of the canister. I left it at work and came back with more oil, tools and ramps. I took it back out and found that I must have pinched it the first time I installed it. I put a new gasket back on it and checked it again, no leaks.
About 8-10 miles down the road the wife starts honking her horn at me to pull over, oil all over her windscreen! It did it again! I'm trying to figure out what I did wrong. This filter canister has a MB filter screen that sits above the filter, could I have put it in upside down? Grasping at straws here, any ideas?
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:44 AM
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http://www.pauldrayton.com/uploadfiles/merc/Service/W123/w123CD2/Program/Engine/615/18-005.pdf

try this link, there is some very good info on it.

the primery filter/MB filter screen holes do go up.

I put a new gasket back on it and checked it again, no leaks

you are talking about the o ring/sealing ring corect? theres no gasket.

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Old 08-06-2008, 06:33 AM
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Thanks Kevin,
It's the sealing ring. I found another post like this in the search. It seems that I don't have the proper sealing ring. I have that flat type, I ordered 3 oil filter kits from FastLane here. I've done about 6 oil changes on the car since I got it about 2 years ago but never had this problem till now. I was buying the oil filter from Advanced. I'll be getting the good stuff from now on. We'll see how it goes on Friday I hope.
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI (Yes, it's a Diesel!)
2001 Suzuki Esteem (Wife's car)
1980 Mercedes Benz 280 SE Euro
1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500
1973 Triumph Spitfire 1500
1971 Mercedes Benz 220D
1965 Triumph Spitfire MKII
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Old 08-09-2008, 10:44 PM
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My oil filter kits arrived at last. I immediately saw the difference in the German variety over the American one (Fram). The Fram has just a flat square cut seal versus the German Mahle filter which is a true O-ring. After the install I let it idle for about 10 mins, no leaks. I then took about a 10 mile run just to be safe, get home and check and no leaks. Lesson learned, don't mess with the cheap stuff, buy German! I had filled it with cheap AutoZone 10w 40 when I had the first leak while going to work, had just dumped 5-6 quarts of Mobil 1 5 w 40. I changed the oil again just to get that 10 w 40 AutoZone crap out of there. Again I shopped at AutoZone for my oil. I found some Royal Purple 15 w 40 synthetic on sale, buy a 4 quart jug get one free! Seemed like a good deal to me. This has been a pain in the ass with all the oil leaking out but I'll be willing to bet that the engine is a bit cleaner than it was!! What is the general opinion on Royal Purple oil? I've seen it on some cable hot rod or truck show on TV, sounded like good stuff. Now I gotta change out the power rack on my VW Jetta! Now that's a royal pain for sure!
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