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Old 04-25-2003, 01:26 PM
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oil capacity, funny thing...

I just changed the oil in my 84 300D and I had to put in 2 gallons plus an extra quart. Funny thing is that I changed the oil in my 85 300SD last week and I had to put in 2 galllons and then had to extract a half of a quart! These are the same engines and there is no leaks. I extract the oil using the same hydralic pump system and I use one gallon units of Delvac 1300. What gives? Was one of my sealed gallon Delvacs underfilled? Do the European models have the same oil capacity? I can't explain.

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Old 04-25-2003, 01:32 PM
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This is interesting...the previous owner of my 300D had replaced it with a 300SD, and had the opposite comments...that my car took 2 gallons even and the 126 took slightly more. Maybe it has something to do with the oil cooler draining out...? I'm not complaining, though; I lose less than a quart of oil between changes (actually, the dipstick is usually only halfway down the "Okay" mark when I do the change)
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Old 04-25-2003, 07:36 PM
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extra quart

agree with warden- maybe it's the oil cooler thingy that's got the xtra qt in it?
do check it though after a highway run in case of an overfill..

i'm used to just dumping in 2 gallons and it usually measures at the top mark of the dipstick.
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Old 04-25-2003, 08:11 PM
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They changed the oil fill capacity somewhere during production. The min mark is in the same place, but the max mark is different. If I remember right, the light brown handle is the later dipstick and the white one is the older one. (Or maybe I have that backwards).. I have also seen a few with red dipstick handle, not sure what that means.

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Old 04-25-2003, 08:23 PM
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We had the same problem the first time we changed the oil in Celeste. Only it turned out that the dipstick was not properly seated. It was sitting higher about an inch I think. So of course we added waaaaay to much oil to get it to show on the dipstick. It took awhile to diagnose the problem, but the resulting oil leaks were a good clue.

Just thought I'd mention it! One more thing to worry about.

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