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Old 01-20-2002, 02:54 AM
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Remote Oil Filter - 124 Body - 300E

Has anyone researched or installed a remote oil filter set-up for our 124 body 300Es? I cannot consistently change my oil filter without extra oil going to the floor. I say consistently because sometimes giving the filter a slight turn to "break the air lock" and letting the filter drain into it's mounting flange does the trick and sometimes it doesn't.

Seems these vehicles would be an ideal candidate for a remote oil filter installation - with the filter positioned upright instead of upside down. I have searched the database and cannot find where this topic has been covered in the past.

Appreciate any comments.
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Old 01-20-2002, 10:18 AM
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Use a nail or some other sharp device to punch a hole in the top of the filter to let air in so it can drain before removing it.
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Old 01-20-2002, 07:37 PM
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Dave - thanks for the nail in the oil filter idea. It's simple to do and worth giving it a try.
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Old 01-20-2002, 10:54 PM
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Let me know how it works.
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82 242 Turbo Volvo - Manual - 270k
86 300e 5 speed manual - 210k
87 420sel - 240k
89 560sl - 78k
91 420sel - 205k
91 560sel - 85k
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Old 01-21-2002, 08:17 AM
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I have punched mine with a long punch numerous times and if you give it enough time it will drain out that way. My problem is that I get in a hurry and spill it anyway.

I try to drain my oil and filter on a Friday night and let it drain over night. I've already gotten in my work clothes, and if it's bad weather out, I want to get the filter off, the oil draining and get back in the house and clean up for supper. If I punch the filter and leave it to drain overnight, it's just that much more sludge that goes through and possibly gets left in the crankcase. Yes, I know when it comes to my oil changes I am very anally retentive.

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Old 01-21-2002, 10:14 AM
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Actually I have never had any drips when I remove mine. It seems that the oil drains out naturally. I have always wondered why and I am always expecting a mess when I change it. Just lucky I guess.
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78 Corvette Stingray - 3k
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86 300e 5 speed manual - 210k
87 420sel - 240k
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91 420sel - 205k
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Old 01-21-2002, 01:22 PM
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Thanks Dave and Larry - both good points. I am still interested if anyone in the forum has any experience with installing a remote oil filter set-up in a Benz. I don't know if the remote oil filter mfgrs. even make models for MB.

I will do some research on the availability of a remote set-up and advise the forum of my findings.

FYI - I got the idea for a remote from my dad's 94 Olds Bravada, 4.3L V6. This vehicle has a factory supplied, remote oil filter set-up mounted immediately behind the radiator bulk head on the drivers side of the engine compartment. This makes changing filters a snap.

Dave, FYI - I am also interested in a remote oil filter set-up for my 96 GMC K2500 Suburban. I don't know what the K1500 set-up is like; but I am tired of the mess my oil filter makes on my 7.4L. It is mounted worse that the MB - it is perfectly horizontal and it floods the CV joint in my front drive shaft upon removal. Not a big deal, just messy to deal with. I learned to take a 12 inch length of Al foil and arch it over the CV joint - this re-directs the oil to the catch pan.

Larry - like you, I like to do a thorough job and remove as much of the old oil from the system as possible. For this reason, I have yet to be interested in a suction system. However, reading the forum notes on suction systems, I may need to re-consider my position. Postings inply MB is designing drain pans on the newer models (i.e. MLs) to remove more of the oil via. suction than is allowed to drain by gravity. (OSHA concerns??) For this to be true, I would think the area immediately under the dip stick tube would need to become the lowest point in the oil pan. On my older MBs, the drain plug appears to still be the low point.
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Old 01-22-2002, 06:46 AM
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My long time friend who is my dealer MB Tech said that there was actually discussion about not providing a drain plug on the latest models, but they predicted that there would be too much complaint from those who still do their own changes.

As long as you are changing frequent enough, the suction method will work out okay. Modern oils do a much better job of cleaning, making this more feasible.

The drain plug in my C Class seems to be in a good position to drain well. The biggest benefit of a drain plug drain for the home shop change is that you can drain the oil hot and let it drip for a long time. Some of the Topsiders and such, are plastic and will melt with hot oil. If the oil isn't hot, you are not removing as many contaminants with the oil. No good!

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Old 01-22-2002, 12:21 PM
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Larry - Exactly, I couldn't agree more! Your point about the oil being hot is an excellent one and enough to keep me gravity draining as long as I can. Appreciate your additonal comments.
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89 300TE, Arctic White, 214k

90 300E, 142k (sold)
87 300TD, 128k (sold)
83 300D, 314k (sold)
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Old 01-30-2002, 04:23 PM
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So far, I have found only Amsoil to manufacture a remote oil filter kit for the 300E. Following is a reply to my question to Amsoil: "Does Amsoil make a dual remote oil filtration system that will fit my 1990 MB 300E?"

Amsoil Tech. Service wrote: "We do not have a dual element system, but we can offer our AMSOIL BMK11 single bypass system. The end result is the same, but the single element system draws its oil supply from the oil pressure sender via a tee. A complete description of this product may be found on our website in the product information section."

I am concerned plumbing anything into the 'oil pressure sender via. a tee.' This seems like an opportunity to spring a leak and, as Murphy would have it, at the most inopportune time. Also, to get price and availability, I need to find out where Amsoil products are sold. Continuing . . .
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89 300TE, Arctic White, 214k

90 300E, 142k (sold)
87 300TD, 128k (sold)
83 300D, 314k (sold)
79 300TD, 266k (sold)

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Old 01-30-2002, 04:40 PM
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I doubt that you would be able to get enough flow thru the oil pressure sender tap. Its a very small hole compared to the feed and return lines on a filter. I would expect you would need at least a half inch line to the filter and back. No way on an oil pressure sender connection.
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78 Corvette Stingray - 3k
82 242 Turbo Volvo - Manual - 270k
86 300e 5 speed manual - 210k
87 420sel - 240k
89 560sl - 78k
91 420sel - 205k
91 560sel - 85k
94 GMC Suburban - 90k
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Old 01-30-2002, 06:31 PM
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A bypass filter would never take the place of a the full-flow filter already in place on your vehicle. It would add some extra measure of filtration, but you'd still have to change your regular filter since a bypass wouldn't be an acceptable substitute. I don't think any OEMs have used a bypass type filter since the '50s -- my '58 Chevy 6 cylinder had an accessory bypass oil filter -- the V8s came with a full flow, as did the 6's after '63. I don't think it would help you much.
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Old 01-30-2002, 06:52 PM
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Thanks, I realize now what Amsoil means by a "by-pass filter." It is a filter that is added to supplement the factory filter. Looking further at their website, Amsoil describes it as follows:

"The AMSOIL By-Pass Oil Filter provides the best possible filtration protection against wear, oil degradation, rust and corrosion. Working in conjunction with the engineís full-flow oil filter, the AMSOIL By-Pass Filter operates by filtering oil on a "partial-flow" basis. It draws approximately ten percent of the oil at any one time and traps the extremely small, wear-causing contaminants and water that full-flow filters canít remove. The AMSOIL By-Pass Filter typically filters all the oil in the system several times an hour, so the engine continuously receives analytically clean oil."

This will not help me. I am looking to "relocate" the factory, full flow filter to a more convenient location/orientation for changing.
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89 300TE, Arctic White, 214k

90 300E, 142k (sold)
87 300TD, 128k (sold)
83 300D, 314k (sold)
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Old 03-18-2002, 11:07 PM
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bypass filtration

I'm surprised you guys on this forum don't know more about this subject. On some of the other forums, this subject has been covered time and again. The bypass filtration systems are the single best modification you can make to your engine for longevity and extending your oil drain intervals. The tee setup works perfectly. The bypass filter works much more slowly, and most of the oil is diverted to the full flow filter, whether its factory or aftermarket. The bypass filter takes about 5 minutes at around 40 mph to clean all of the oil. These systems definitely work, and definitely extend the life of your oil. These results are proven through oil analysis.

For our Mercedes that have the cartridge filter, not the standard spin-on, the bmk-11 is the kit, the amsoil guy was right. Its pretty easy to install. Follow the below link for a picture step by step install on a vw bug. its not that tough. It was much tougher on thebug because there's hardly any space to mount the filter. Most mbs have room under the hood, allowing vertical mounting (read=no spilling).
http://www.amsoil-synthetics.com/99NBbypass.htm

This system won't help you relocate your MB factory oil filter, but will extend the life of your engine, and most likely with the right oil, you can go 20-40,000 miles on an oil change, while only changing filters, with cleaner oil than you would have in a 5000 mile oil change and standard filtration. Of course you can ONLY determine your proper oil drain interval through oil analysis. Analysis kits are about $14 and easy to do.
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Old 03-20-2002, 10:13 PM
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LightMan -

Thanks for the additional detail and vote of confidence for the Amsoil dual filter system. I will track one down and install it on one of my 300Es. I would think Amsoil makes a dual remote system that replaces my spin on AND adds the second by-pass filter.
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