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Old 06-04-2003, 02:27 PM
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quick questions on my 300sd

Does anyone have the fluid capacities for my car. It came with a 124 chasis manual and the service cd has the info for a 91 sel. Thanks. Also How intensive of a project is changing the tranny fluid. thanks.
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Recent work:
Replaced air cleaner mounting brackets and heat shields
Replaced alternator, fan and power steering belts
Replaced positive battery terminal
Replaced negative battery terminal and cord
New Duralast Battery

My car needs work.

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Old 06-04-2003, 03:33 PM
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I think changing tranny fluid is in Thomaspin's website.

Sorry, I don't have the owner's manual handy. I believe the CD manual gives you the fluid capacity at the begining of each relevant section.

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Old 06-04-2003, 03:53 PM
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I think I used 6 litres when I changed mine. Get the ATF filter kit, messy job but my AT runs much smoother.
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Old 06-04-2003, 07:11 PM
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Not as messy as GM and other cars that don't have a drain plug in the transmission pan. At least most of the fluid can be drained from the MB transmission by removing the dip stick connection.

The drain for the torque converter is easy once you find it. You have to turn the torque converter and look for the drain plug. I think you need a 6mm allen wrench to remove the plug.

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Old 06-04-2003, 10:21 PM
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Not as messy as in a car with no sump drain if you don't suck out the fluid.

As a counterpoint to P E H, I just changed the fluid in the Caravan. Drain pan, replace filter, fill pan, lead a clear hose from the cooler output to a graduated container (preferrably a PhD), fill the tranny at the rate fluid fills the container until what's coming out is as clean as what's going in.

I flused the cooling system of the SDL in a similar way the other day. Direct the upper hose into a container and keep filling the reservoir until clean water comes out of the upper hose. Everything looked clean and oil free so I didn't use citric acid or dishwashing soap. Heck, that's why I pay the extra $2-3 for MB fluid

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Old 06-09-2003, 01:09 AM
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thanks i'll probably try this next weekend.
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Baby blue exterior Grey MB tex
Recent work:
Replaced air cleaner mounting brackets and heat shields
Replaced alternator, fan and power steering belts
Replaced positive battery terminal
Replaced negative battery terminal and cord
New Duralast Battery

My car needs work.
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