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Old 11-21-2002, 02:58 PM
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I'm just curious because I've never seen an engine drain plug on a Benz that required a Hex bit. All that I've seen have been basically drain "bolts." If you do anything at all, you should have a 14MM wrench that fits.

If you do indeed need a 14MM hex bit, you can get a set at AutoZone with a 12, 14 and 17 for very little. They will be a good purchase, because you usually need the 14 for the rear axle and manual transmission drain and fill plugs.

Is this an aftermarket drain plug?

Just curious,
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Old 11-21-2002, 03:26 PM
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My 560SL has the 14mm hex drain plug. It's not an aftermarket plug. I've only had the 300SEL for less than a month, just got the oil filters in, so I'll be changing it this weekend. Haven't checked the drain plug on that one yet.

Been to two different AutoZones (which my non-Mercedes mechanic hates), as well as many other auto parts stores, Sears, and Home Depot. Can't find them anywhere. I've seen a Hazet online for ~$16. 14mm only.

Yes, I still need to solve the rear axle lubricant problem. I think the interval on that is 100,000 miles, so I might just take that to my mechanic instead of buying the tools. Or maybe not. Haven't decided yet.

In the meantime, I've already used my Topsider a few times and will again this weekend. Since the filter on my 560SL is underneath, I still have to get under the car (and do a visual inspection).
Mike Heath
1988 560SL Black/Palomino
1988 300SEL Black Pearl/Burgandy
1984 500SEC Anthracite Grey/Palomino
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