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Old 02-17-2009, 11:45 AM
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Rear Diff Fluid

Whats the best stuff to use when doing a change? Should i go with something synthetic? How often should it be done in my 87 300SDL, and how much should i buy to prep or this job, I'm estimating about two quarts, will i need more?

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Old 02-17-2009, 12:05 PM
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75w90 synthetic. It will take a little more than 1 bottle.
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:06 PM
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I believe my 84 126 is 1.1 or 1.2 quarts to fill. I don't have my FSM on me but I believe yours is 1.2 quarts. So yes, 2 quarts is what you need.

I use Mobil 1 Synthetic 75w-90. As always it is up to personal preference if you use synthetic or not.

I also remember hearing that if you switch to M1 syn, you should do another change 1 year later because it really cleans things out.

One note- When you do the change make sure you remove the upper bolt first, then the bottom one. You don't want to drain it and have no way to fill it.

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I just did mine this weekend. I HIGHLY recommend getting a pump and hose for the bottle...I only had the pump, and it was quite the contortion act. I am known to do things illogically, though..
Not sure how the SDL is set up, but even with the long, pointed tip bottle, I wasn't able to reach the filler hole because my exhaust was in the way.
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:18 PM
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I just did mine this weekend. I HIGHLY recommend getting a pump and hose for the bottle...I only had the pump, and it was quite the contortion act. I am known to do things illogically, though..
Not sure how the SDL is set up, but even with the long, pointed tip bottle, I wasn't able to reach the filler hole because my exhaust was in the way.
I had a pump when I changed my 126 but I'm pretty sure I got one of the two bottles up there and dumped oil in without a pump. But I would get one just to be safe.

Here is a nice write up courtesty of dieselgiant- http://www.dieselgiant.com/mercedesreardifferentialfluid.htm
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I just did mine this weekend. I HIGHLY recommend getting a pump and hose for the bottle...I only had the pump, and it was quite the contortion act. I am known to do things illogically, though..
Not sure how the SDL is set up, but even with the long, pointed tip bottle, I wasn't able to reach the filler hole because my exhaust was in the way.
The W-126 doesn't require a hose or a pump. The clearance is sufficient for the pointed tip on the Mobil-1 bottle. The exhaust is on the opposite side.
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:49 PM
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The W-126 doesn't require a hose or a pump. The clearance is sufficient for the pointed tip on the Mobil-1 bottle. The exhaust is on the opposite side.
Nice. I was a little surprised that my drain and fill plugs were on opposite sides of each other. Oh well. I've got some time before I have to deal with that again. No blow torch needed either!
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What diff fluid would be recommended for the locking diff in my 300D?
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What diff fluid would be recommended for the locking diff in my 300D?
LSD? See here:
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/diesel-discussion/239663-mineral-oil.html#post2041592

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