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Old 10-19-2003, 08:28 PM
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Hello Gilly. I have a question for you. ???

I read the article topic how Transmission Fluid Change. One of the topic from you wrote. "depending on the year you may want to drain the torque converter. At about the intro of the 2000 model year, the drain was eliminated from the torque converter, so it can't be drained, but if you have a 98 or 99 you should be able to drain the converter." That mean like the model 2000 E320 they did not have the drain plug for torque converter. Is that true. Would like to know.

Thank you for your help and support.

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Old 10-19-2003, 09:22 PM
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It "seemed" like, from what I noticed, that when they went to the touchshift system (the new style shifter) that they also dropped the drain plug in the torque converter. I don't know if this really is the case (if these two unrelated events happened at the same time. On a 2000 I'd say it would be a good idea to spin the engine over by hand and inspect for a drain plug.

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Old 10-22-2003, 08:37 AM
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Hello Bluesky!

Asked my indy about the plug.
The converters without a plug appeared the first time in Europ with the "updating" of the W210 (E-class) in september 1999.
Explanation of MB : to cut production costs. This plug is certainly
an expensive item !
The worst is when you drain and refill the tranny, almost 1/2 of the used oil stays in the converter !
You can draw your own conclusions on that...

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Old 10-22-2003, 09:39 AM
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Hello Gilly And 95300YDT-A.

Thank you for the explanation. If the torque converte did not have the drain plug. I will change the tranny more often then. That will draw the old oil out much it could.

Thank you both of you.

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