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Old 02-25-2001, 04:20 AM
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Does any one know when we should replace those filters:

1-Engine Oil Filter
2-Transmission Oil Filter
3-Gasoline Filter
4-Power steering Filter
5-Air Filter

How can you realize that you need to change them, instead of looking at the distance meters? Do they affect perfomance?

My Car is MB E200 92.

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Old 02-25-2001, 07:01 AM
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For me I do the following.

Oil-every 3K or 3 months, what ever is sooner.
Transmission, Air filter, Power steering, Fuel filter- every 15k or 1 year, whatever is sooner.

Some people may think thi is excessive, but considering the time and $$ it takes to replace the filters VS the consequences of not changing them, I feel it is worth it.
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Old 02-25-2001, 07:05 AM
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Oil filter should be changed everytime you change your oil. If you are one of the people who believe that you only need an oil change once every 10,000 miles you might consider changing your filter between oil changes too. If they get clogged the oil will bypass the filter and non-filtered oil is no good for anything.

Transmission filter should be changed about once every two years along with the transmission fluids. Factors that might lead you to change it more often are the way you drive. If you do any towing, or drive mostly stop and go driving only, or if you drive in any way that would stress you transmission more than normal you might consider changing it earlier.

Fuel filters every two years as well.

Power fluid steering filter when you change this fluid.

Air filters should be checked every month or so. You can do a visual inspection. Some people will take them out and knock out any dirt, I prefer just to replace. One thing you can do if it looks dirty is to rotate it 180 degrees. Generally they will get more dirty one one side than all around. They will probably last about 2 years as well provided you are not driving in dusty or dirty areas (near construction sites, country roads, beaches etc.

Most of these things will imporve the performance of your car, all will help increase the longevity and help keep things from breaking. Filters are pretty cheap, I would change them all when changing the realted fluids. Base change intervals on your driving style and owner's manual. Use owner's manual as max interval. If you drive hard or in adverse conditions change more often.

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1995 E420 - retired
1986 420SEL - retired
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