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Old 09-08-2001, 01:23 PM
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93 w124 - where's the oil filter?

got through the spark plug change real easy. now getting ready for the oil change but whoa. the dealer gave me a filter cartridge (it says 104 on it) but i'm not sure where the filter housing really is. i even asked if the 2.8 had a different filter and they said no. from the DIY pages i can see something that looks like a screw-on filter in the back, in which case i have to ask - did i get the right part from the dealer? there is also something on the driver side in front of the engine which a local mech pointer at and said that's it (also has some kind of oil line attached to it). but there's a rubber knob sitting on top of it with directional arrows that don't say anything else. help!!!

ps. yeah finally got a cd manual on ebay but it ain't here yet, my dumb questions oughta lessen shortly...
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Old 09-08-2001, 01:33 PM
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The oil filter housing is located on the driver's side of the engine near the firewall. The thing that looks like a spin on filter is a cover. Unscrew it and the filter will come out with it.

The reservior at the front of the engine is for power steering fluid.
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Old 09-08-2001, 01:34 PM
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Filter housing is on the drivers side near the fire wall. What you see is the cap - remove it and you will see the top of the filter like what you have in your hand. The thing near the front is the power steering fluid reservoir.
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Old 09-08-2001, 05:56 PM
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is it supposed to be hand tightened or do i need a special tool? will a filter wrench work like the strap type or one of those caps?
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Old 09-08-2001, 07:41 PM
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A strap wrench will probably work, but there is a special tool available. I'm sure there's a torque value for it, but I just snug it down gently.
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Old 09-09-2001, 02:08 AM
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You can purchase the oil filter wrench for your car from a number of places to include this site(perhaps?) or:

http://www.************************

or you can simply take your Knecht/Mann/Hengst filter down to Pep Boys/Auto Zone/whatever and buy a spin-on filter wrench that fits. Turn it down hand tight, then give it just a bit of snugging up. Don't forget to coat the oil filter gasket with oil before installing.
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Old 09-09-2001, 03:04 AM
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I have never needed an oil filter wrench. Just put a little muscle into it!
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