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Old 04-17-1999, 11:06 PM
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I feel very stupid even asking but I can't find the oil filter on my 1988 190E 2.3. I pulled the bottom cover off and I see the drain plug but I can't find the filter. Also is there a place to check the level on the power steering? I have only had the car a month and I am learning the ropes. Please help. Thanks in advance.

Chris P.
Old 04-18-1999, 10:33 PM
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The oil filter is a spin on type and is located against the fire wall on top of the car behind the air cleaner housing. The P/S fluid level can be checked..The reservoir is located (as you are standing in front of the engine) on the right hand side under an aluminum cap with a black plastic cap on it. Leave about 1 and 1/2 inches from the top empty.


Old 05-25-1999, 09:40 PM
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I cannot find the oil filter on my 94 C280 either. Can someone help me? I feel very stupid of myself, too.

Harry (94 C280)
Old 05-26-1999, 12:28 AM
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It is located same place as 190E, is located right side against the fire wall on top of the car (as you are standing in front of the engine)the oil filter is inster type of filter you have to remove the oil filter aluminum cap to replace the filter (special tool require) have fun!
Old 05-29-1999, 07:22 PM
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The two that posted the questions are probably looking for canister type filters (common Fram/AC Delco types.)

On all the MB's I've seen, they use what's called a "Full immersion" oil filter, and it's housed inside a jacket. The jacket lid on mine (190D) is heldon by two nuts. The cannister inside is the filter. Make sure you take the time to check around for extra parts, and check over the cannister as well. Most filters you buy come with a rubber and a copper washer. If you have these, use them on the replacement. If not, they go in the spare parts bin.

I'm a fidget when it comes to cars, so I'll give a learned warning. The plastic knob on the power steering pump shows two arrows on it. These are to tighten, and loosen the cap. They are NOT to adjust the steering wheel stiffness, like I originally thought. (It's a fine thread screw, so make sure it's on good, and not just on.) It took me almost a week to get my engine compartment clean after that little fiasco. Doh!!
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