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Old 06-04-2003, 03:06 PM
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Oil Change - 300 SD

How many quarts of oil does a 1984 300 SD require? The book says 7.9 but after changing the filter if I add more than 6.8 quarts, the dip stick indicates the engine is over full.
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Old 06-04-2003, 03:26 PM
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How did you change the oil? Was the engine hot? How long did you let the oil drain?

Personally, I change it while the engine is as hot as I can stand and then let it drain overnight.

There will still be some amount of oil left in the oil cooler and the oil cooler lines that you won't get out. After I do this, I add 8 gallons and it typically brings the oil level right up to the FULL mark on the dipstick YMMV.

Oil level reading is best, most accurately, done after the engine has been off and sitting on level ground for a couple hours. This gives the oil time to drain down to the pan. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-04-2003, 03:37 PM
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Jacob, are you checking the dipstick after starting the engine or right after filling? I pour in 6 quarts, idle for a couple of minutes, then add about another quart to have it settle between the min and max marks. It's the same whether I use the drain plug or Topsider.

Chris, 8 gallons? Are you using the filler cap as a dipstick?

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Old 06-04-2003, 05:11 PM
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I believe MB issued a service bulletin for the 617.951 restating the system capacity at 7.5 liters, down from original 7.9. Don't quote me on this as I'm going by memory. If you consider what's still in the oil cooler and their lines; sounds like ~ 6.8 qts. to me.
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Old 06-04-2003, 09:54 PM
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sixto:

Hehe...I was just waiting on someone to catch that

I meant 8 qts....obviously. LOL
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Your SD has the same engine that is in my TD. I put 2 gallons (8 qts.) of oil in at every oil change. I buy Delo 400 at Walmart, comes in 1 gallon jugs. I also change the oil when it's hot and wait for the oil stream from the pan run down to a trickle before putting the drain plug back in. Add my 2 gallons, start the engine and let it idle for a couple of minutes, then shut her off. While the oil is draining back into the pan, I clean up all my rags and tools, then check the oil. It's always been at the full mark.
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Old 06-05-2003, 01:12 PM
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That pretty much sounds like my procedure, Rick.

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Old 06-05-2003, 01:17 PM
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Oil Change

I am not a mechanic, so I go to the local oil change place, where I watch them, and make sure they use 15/40 Rotella. They drain the oil, add 8 quarts, and it is always 1.2 quarts over full.
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Old 06-05-2003, 02:01 PM
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Jacob,

If you know what a wrench is and can remove a bolt, you can definately change your own oil. The fact that the oil filter is SO conveniently located makes the job THAT much easier. You don't even need to jack-up the car to get to the oil drain plug (bolt)....at least us skinny guys don't

Save yourself $20'ish and try it one time.

As for the overfilling, the only thing I can think of is that the shop is not allowing a complete drain of the oil. OR, your engine is one that takes a smaller amount of oil for some reason (pending that your dipstick is reading correctly).

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Old 06-05-2003, 02:25 PM
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Doesn't the 8 quarts also include the oil in the oil cooler which correct me if I'm wrong doesn't drain when you drain the pan?
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"Doesn't the 8 quarts also include the oil in the oil cooler which correct me if I'm wrong doesn't drain when you drain the pan?"

rdanz:
I believe so....but, this has been working for me. I don't know why. YMMV.

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Old 06-05-2003, 07:05 PM
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I just got back from my mechanic and was charged $47 for my oil change (380 SEL) and I even supplied the filter. I hate to mess up the driveway, and also hate to have the high school drop out messing up my car.

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