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Old 01-07-2005, 08:51 PM
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Oil filter cannister lid

I am new to Mercedes and I just had my oil changed at a local (non Mercedes) garage and the oil cannister lid was too tight to get off with bare hands. Since the arrow on the lid indicates counter clockwise rotation, I was afraid to put a wrench on it and turn it without knowing for sure which way loosens the lid. Is it clockwise to tighten or clockwise to loosen? Do I need to use a special tool to get this off?

Thanks for your help!


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Old 01-07-2005, 08:58 PM
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larry, what model is your mercedes? send me an email
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Old 01-07-2005, 08:58 PM
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Car model and year help.
1994 E320 Wagon (Died @ 308,669 miles)
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Old 01-07-2005, 09:05 PM
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From a previous post from biglar, I'd guess it's a 1995 C280. The 104 engine.
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Old 01-07-2005, 09:07 PM
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Oil filter cannister lid

Right on-95 C280.
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Old 01-07-2005, 10:49 PM
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I broke down and bought the Mercedes tool >

after trying every tool in my box. With the right tool it came off in 10 seconds. That was on my 94 E320 - same M104 engine though.
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Old 01-07-2005, 11:12 PM
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You may want to get the proper tool to avoid cracking the plastic canister. I got mine for $3.

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Old 01-08-2005, 08:21 PM
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Oil filter wrench

Thanks Kestas, You just saved me $17.00- gotta love this forum!


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