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Old 02-20-2002, 11:01 AM
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C280 ATF change

Is the procedure for changing the ATF in a 1994 C280 the same as the other models? By removing the pan, is this releasing the fluid or is there a plug somewhere? Also, what are your thoughts on how often you should change the fluid? I'm a new owner of the car and it's coming up on it's 90k service. From what I can tell other than oil changes, the car has not been serviced for anything since it's 60k service.

Should I go ahead and follow the 90K service recomendations outlined in the service booklet?

I plan to do as much servicing that I can myself.

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A MB owner for 5 days now...
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Old 02-20-2002, 12:20 PM
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Your car also has a drain on the torque converter. Rotate it slowly until the plug is at the bottom, and drain it too.
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Old 02-20-2002, 12:26 PM
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Congrats on your new purchase.

I would do what you said and do everythign that is listed in the maintenance booklet appropraite for the 90k service. I believe the recommended intervals for changes are very 30k miles.
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Old 02-20-2002, 01:30 PM
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OK, point me to the torque converter. You have to remember, I'm new to the MB! I would say my mechanical skill is medium. I'm also planning to replace the shift bushings. The 60K service report says they are worn out and I don't have anything that says they have been replaced.

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Old 02-20-2002, 01:58 PM
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Question ATF questions

Also, how can I determine which AT I have? When you order the filter, you have to specify either a 722.424, or 722.606, or 722.629 AT.

Don't you love guys like me... starting from square one.

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Old 02-20-2002, 02:49 PM
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722.6xx are the five speed automatic electronic trannies from MY1997+.

You have the 722.4
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Old 02-20-2002, 06:28 PM
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The torque converter is the round thing mounted to the flywheel of the engine at the front of the transmission.
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Old 02-21-2002, 10:54 AM
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Thanks Ali. You speak my language - "The round thing" etc. I wish I could find just some simple diagrams or photos showing the major areas of the power train, suspension and brakes with identifiers. Not having a service manual available for the C280 really puts us "DIY's" at a disadvantage. I guess maybe that's what MB wants. So we'll go to the dealer for everything.
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