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Old 10-04-2002, 09:22 AM
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oil change

I recently purchased a 94 E320. I then purchase the oil wrench to take the cap off. I cannot read the tightening instructions. Is this supposed to be torqued? What is the setting?
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Old 10-04-2002, 10:39 AM
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It is supposed to be torqued. The torque spec is listed on top of the cap itself. I believe it's 20 nm.

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Old 10-04-2002, 10:42 AM
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I just took a look at my cap (e320-95, 104 motor I believe) and it is stenciled on the cap with 25Nm. A torque of 25 Newton-meters translates to 18 ft-lbs.

Good luck.
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Old 10-04-2002, 08:35 PM
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Thanks for the postings.....18 just fine.... Geof
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Old 10-04-2002, 09:54 PM
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Do you really need the wrench to torque the cap on. I just hand tighten it with both the m103 and m104 motors with a latex glove. I remember one time reading on this board that elbow grease was good enough to tighten these oil filters. What are the advantages and disadvantages of hand tightening vs. torqueing it.
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Old 10-05-2002, 08:29 AM
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with the rubber gasket, it's hard to tell what's "tight enough" by hand. i torque mine to 18ft lbs per spec and you'd be surprised how far beyond hand tight that is...
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Old 10-05-2002, 09:00 AM
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Hand tight

I've been using the hand tighten technique for a long time now on all my cars, except the ones I can't get a good grip on. No problems to date.

I think as far as tightening oil filters, better safe than sorry, screwing one up can be a headache.

Torque wrench is always safest,
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