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Old 04-23-2002, 05:17 AM
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201 190e 2.3 16V Fluids info

Hi All,

Please take a look to the pic. attached, anybody know what this fluid is for? is it a cooling fluids?

itis a plastic bottle behind the RH head lamp.

What kind of oil should I use to refill?


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Old 04-23-2002, 06:08 AM
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that's your SLS hydraulic fluid.
86' 190e 2.3L 16v
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Old 04-24-2002, 09:48 AM
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Thanks for your reply.
Being a 'rookie' in a mercedes, can you also tell me what is this SLS Hydraulic for, what does it do? and what should I fill it with....

Many thanks in advance,

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Old 04-24-2002, 10:32 AM
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SLS is the Self Leveling Suspension, and that bottle is the resevoir for the suspension fluid. Be sure to use only the MB Hydraulic fluid for leveling systems as anything other may cause damage to a very expensive pump or other suspension parts (struts and accumulators).

Judging from the picture it appears the system is at the proper level of fluid, or mighty darn close.
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Old 04-24-2002, 04:08 PM
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Under the black rubber cap is a dip stick that you use to measure the fluid level. From my experience the level in your system is fine. I have changed my fluid a few times in the 200,000 miles I have run it, and there is a filter in the bottom of the plastic bottle you can change too. I bought a couple quarts of the the fluid, and aimed the return line to a 2 liter coke bottle, turned the car on, and then added new, clean stuff as the level dropped in the plastic bottle. I stopped when the stuff coming back from the system was nice and clear, like the new oil I was pouring in. Then I adjusted the level to the max mark on the dipstick and all was well. Hope this helps, Jim
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Old 04-25-2002, 08:49 PM
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Thanks you verymuch for your help.
Really appreciate them....


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