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Old 03-08-2000, 01:46 AM
Larry D
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Getting tired of changing the canister-type oil filter on my '76 240D. Quite a mess to clean the whole thing up every time, plus lately the center bolt tried to thread itself into one of the other holes in the receiver. (It's a blind shot to re-install, lying on my back with arm extended over shoulder.) Of course, the canister didn't seat and we reenacted the Exxon Valdes in my driveway at startup...

Is there a practical conversion to use a more modern spin-on type filter? If so, is it less painful to change, and are the filters equally effective?

Thanks any and all...

Larry D
'76 240D @120k

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Old 03-08-2000, 11:02 PM
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Indpls.,IN. USA
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I've never seen a spin-on filter setup in 25 years of working on MB diesels. However Earl's sells a remote kit that installs on the inner fender. I've seen these on Volvo turbos where changing filters makes a mess. You would have to remove the filter adaptor and have the holes tapped to accept plumbing fittings that would adapt to their kit. It sounds involved but it really should not be a big deal and after that what a relief to not go thru that mess that I'm more than a little familiar with. Good luck! Give us a shout if your successful.

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