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Old 09-23-2001, 07:56 PM
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96 C280 Coolant Change

Hi Group,

What is the procedure to change the coolant in the 96 C280?

Is the coolant special?

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Old 09-23-2001, 08:31 PM
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The only approved fluid is the MB stuff, worth the cost in my opinion. Use about a 50/50 mix of coolant with distilled water. I found that my car came from the factory with a 55/45 coolant/water mix, so I used that ratio.

Take the coolant cap off, then loosen the drain plug on the radiator and the block drain plug under the exhaust manifold.

Tighten everything after it is all drained, then slowly add coolant to the reservoir.

Make sure the system is completely bled of air. To do this, fill the expansion tank all the way to the top until it is about to pour out, the gently squeeze the coolant hoses to burp some of the air out. The keep the tank full, start the engine and let it run up to temp while making sure the tank is overflowing full.

After this is done, let the car cool off and check the coolant level and drain some if necessary.
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Old 09-23-2001, 11:13 PM
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The drain plug for the radiator is located at the bottom corner of the radiator on the driver's side.

The one on the block is under the exhaust manifold around the number 4 cylinder, I believe.

The underbelly pan will have to be removed to access either if the plugs.
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