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Old 01-29-2001, 12:50 AM
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Hey all,

Have a few questions about changing filters on my 87 560 SEL. I decided the change all the filters that don't normally get changed for part of my pseudo-tune-up at 100,000 miles. I'll have my mechanic do more of the involved stuff, but I figure I can save a few bucks this way. I do routine oil changes myself and have done brakes, discs and pads on all 4 wheels. I like to learn and experiment with the maintainence, as I love my car and love saving the money. So, here goes! I'm looking for info on what to look out for and any general tricks to these items. There's usually an easy way, but I generally can't figure it out.

-Fuel Filter
They said it was near the back of the car in some cylinder that I'm supposed to be able to pry open. Is it toward the front of the gas tank? I've haven't looked too hard yet.

-Power steering filter
Is it in the fluid resivor? I know where that is. Do I have to drain some fluid?

-Transmission filter
My scariest one. They said I have a drain plug, which is good, but how much fluid comes out when draining on a flat surface? All of it or part of the capacity? Also, what type of ATF fluid should I use? The filter part looks straightforward with the three screws. Anything to look out for here?

-Oil filter
Know this one!

What else should be done on my car at 100,000 miles that my mechanic should do or that I can do at home?

Thanks for the advice and info.


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96 Lincoln Town Car
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Old 01-30-2001, 10:38 PM
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You might check out the SEARCH facility on this site for what you're looking for. Another source for fluid/filter
type maint. would be:

Mercedes-Benz Maintenance Manual Model Year 1981-1993

The folks who runs this site may have it. If not, go to:

Costs about $50.00 + shipping

More adventurous tasks will require the 126 Cd-Rom which the PartsShop carries. I seem to recall also seeing the maint manual within the 126 Cd-Rom.


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Old 01-31-2001, 07:22 AM
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The CD Rom is great. It has all you need and more. Complete maintenance of course, but also all schematics, with pictures, (scanned in, but they are there), and torque specs for all fasteners you move during the job. Special tool descriptions, so you can fabricate your own tools, if you are cheap like me! A great source of info!
1989 560SEL (172k)
1989 325IC (122K)
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Old 01-31-2001, 10:42 PM
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The power steering filter is inside the reservoir. Remove the black twist off cap and metal lid first. I drained the fluid by pumping it out with a liquid soap dispenser pump. After that you have to remove the metal post in the center of the reservoir. Then just pull out the old filter and drop in a new one.

The fuel filter is located near the rear wheel well (passenger side, I think) under the car. I haven't tried changing mine, so I can't be much help there.

Hope this helps!
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Old 02-02-2001, 01:45 AM
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Hey all,

I changed my transmission and power steering filters tonight. Wouldn't you know it, the drain plug in the trans pan was siezed, so I had to drop the pan and drain the waterfall way. Wasn't too bad, tho. New filter went in great, and the car shifts like it's brand new. The fluid was very brown, and I don't think the previous owner had changed it or only changed it once (now at 112,000 miles).

Seems like the power steering is much looser, which is what I wanted. That fluid is also brown. Should it be or should it be red?

In any event, when I change the spark plugs, I'll pretty much have a new car! I love how easy it is to do some of this maintainence on MB's.

2014 Tesla Model S (320 miles)
1999 S500 Grand Edition 164k
1992 300D 2.5 Turbo 287k
2005 E320 4MATIC wagon
1991 Alfa Romeo 164L 99k (sleeping for a while)

Then: 96 Lincoln TC, 93 Lincoln TC, 87 560 SEL, 87 300 SDL, 80 300D, 89 560 SEC
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