Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help




Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes ShopForum > Technical Information and Support > Tech Help

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #16  
Old 12-20-2002, 02:32 AM
MikeTangas's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: So. Cal
Posts: 4,430
Finally can close this one out!!!

With my pending month long trip to Arizona, I figured I had better get the fill plug loose and get the gear oil changed. I had been trying once a month since getting the car on the road, but have been unable to free the plug. Today after work, I swung by Franz' shop and discussed my problem with him.

We put the old gal up on the rack and used his "special" shorty 14mm allen. The 560's need this shortened version to clear the leveling valve. I had been using my full sized model, and been unbolting the valve to gain clearance.

Well, long story short, it took both of us on the cheater pipe to break the plug loose. While we had it on the rack, we went ahead and drained the oil. I'm thinking now that the gear oil was the same stuff put in at the factory, years ago. It came out blacker and thicker than two day old coffee thats been sitting on the burner. YUK!

Went ahead and refilled with dino gear oil. I will let this slosh around for a few days, drain again and refill with the synthetic gear oil I purchased. I still can't believe how damn tight that plug was.

Definitely feel better about it now.
__________________
Mike Tangas
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72

'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis

2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel

Non illegitemae carborundum.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 12-20-2002, 09:42 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: North Central Kentucky
Posts: 1,065
I probably put over 300lbs of torque on the plug to remove it on my '87 560SEL. Had a good 30 inches of leverage and most of my weight on the end. Shoulder hurts just thinking about how hard I had to pull. Had car up on stands and had also moved leveling valve for clearence. And this is on a car that had fairly regular maintenance in the past!
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 12-23-2002, 11:47 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Wyoming USA
Posts: 56
I use a short 1/2" drive by Herbrand # S-42. It works well with no clearance problems.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 12-24-2002, 08:31 AM
engatwork's Avatar
busy
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Soperton, Ga. USA
Posts: 11,773
Mike - get the wobbler socket extension. You will wonder how you made it this long without one. Sears and Snap-On carries them and I'm sure there are other places that have them too.
__________________
Jim
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 12-24-2002, 11:46 AM
MikeTangas's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: So. Cal
Posts: 4,430
What I did get for future gear oil changes on the 560 is one of those nifty Hazet wrenches. 14mm allen on one end, 13mm box on the other, embossed with a 117 part # and the Star. The allen is offset so there is a long end and a short end to it. It fits nicely between the diff and leveling valve.
__________________
Mike Tangas
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72

'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis

2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel

Non illegitemae carborundum.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
$800 AMG 3.06 Diff for 560SEL 560SEC 420SEL 40% Limited Slip Saliya_400E Mercedes Used Parts For Sale & Wanted 9 12-07-2003 03:20 AM
oil drip from oil pan drain plug - wasn't there before Ryan M. Tech Help 4 07-17-2001 07:32 AM
82 300TD A/C problem benchracer Diesel Discussion 15 06-16-2001 09:50 PM
Spark Plug wires for 420SEL 560SEL 420SEL Mercedes Used Parts For Sale & Wanted 0 08-04-2000 02:33 PM
stripped rear diff fill plug Mark B Tech Help 4 06-26-2000 11:52 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:48 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2011 Pelican Parts - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page