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Old 01-16-2001, 05:11 PM
Brian K
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And, can anyone recommend a good manual for the car (I know there won't (probably) be anything specific yet, but maybe one that uses the same, or a close, engine type.

Also, is there a factory repair manual available for the car, in book, CD ROM, or otherwise? If so, how much, and how can I get a hold of it?

(I know, the car is under service and warranty, but I like to know as much as possible, its a hobby to me).

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Old 01-16-2001, 05:46 PM
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MB doesn't publish manuals anymore!
The oil pan torque is 30nm = 20ftlbs.
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Old 01-16-2001, 06:28 PM
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Thanks for the torque spec.
If MB doesn't publish manuals anymore, how does the dealership service dept (or independent shops) figure out how to work on the new cars?!?
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Old 01-16-2001, 06:44 PM
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The dealers have schools, training CD's and WIS they get from Mercedes-Benz.
WIS is also available for a subscription fee to independents.

Independent shops can EASILY spend several thousand dollars on the latest technical info from Mercedes. It's just a cost of doing business.

Mercedes does NOT make it easy or cheap to work on their cars...especially the newer ones!
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Old 01-18-2001, 08:13 AM
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Oil drain plug torque = one good yank on a box end wrench.

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Old 01-18-2001, 11:31 AM
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Prior to one good yank (aka: 1 grunt torque), be sure to install the new copper washer that should be supplied with your filter. Failure to do so could lead to the drain plug seizing to the pan.
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Old 01-18-2001, 01:04 PM
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Yeah, that's the "torque spec" I've used on my drain plugs on all my cars for the past 20 years (with no problems), but, on my brand new, 1000 mile car (my first, and possibly last, brand new car), it somehow seems appropriate that I break out the torque wrench . . .

Also, was pleasantly surprised at the $7 cost of the oil filter top wrench at the dealer. Didn't think ANYTHING with the MB star on it, and of that weight, could cost $7 at a dealer. Thanks for the tip, Larry!
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Old 01-18-2001, 08:52 PM
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I'm am with Larry

I always check the calibration of my yank by seeing if it is leaking.
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