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Old 03-17-2003, 11:13 PM
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Question about oil change for 1998 C230.

My father has recently purchased a 1998 C230. I would like to know what grade of oil is recommended and is there a special tool to remove the oil filter. Will a cup style oil filter wrench work and if so what size? The owners manual it came with is from a 1999 which would be the Kompressor. Is the quantity and grade the same?

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Steve
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Old 03-17-2003, 11:35 PM
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Howdy. Great little car. My C and E classes use the same oil (15-40) and the same filter wrench (part number 103 589 02 09 00).

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Old 03-18-2003, 01:23 AM
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Use Mobil 1 synthetic, and use the viscosity to suit your climate. In Alberta, most of use 10W-30 in the winter (can use 5-30 or 0-30, but with Mobil 1's super low pour point, 10-30 works just fine) I buy the Mobil 1 at Wal-Mart, as I can often find it on special. Sometimes they have 5 litre jugs on for about $24.00. Even their regular prices are pretty good.

15-40 works well in the summer, but the 10-30 seems to work just as well in these parts, too.

I have the MB oil filter wrench, and it works great. Be careful when taiking out the filter, as there is a wiring harness right above it you don't want to damage.

I use the LiquiVac system, and really like it. It's up to you, but either dipstick extraction or oil pan plug draining are accepted methods.

You can get a proper 1998MY manual from the dealer. Did he buy it from a dealer? for servicing, I have not had good experiences with Hyatt. My Dad lives in Crowsnest Pass, and bought his C230 at Hyatt. Won't take there for service, though. I also bought my car at Hyatt, as none of the Edmonton dealers would sell me a car. Since dad comes here lots, he's been going to Weber with good results, but sometimes he uses LoneStar in Calgary, and they seem okay.
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Old 03-18-2003, 06:47 AM
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How do you like the liquivac and where did you purchase it from? How much?
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Old 03-18-2003, 10:28 AM
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I bought from Mercedesshop, but they don't sell them anymore. There is a Canadian source, and as soon as I remember them, I'll let you know. They run about $60.
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Old 03-18-2003, 10:31 AM
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Found it. $74.91.

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