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Old 11-05-2003, 07:24 PM
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What to do at 150k miles?

Well, my car is almost at the 150k mile mark and this is going to be a major maintenance interval. I have a list of what I'm planning on doing but feel that I might be missing out on some items. All the work is going to be done myself so I can't do anything to difficult. I also recently flushed the coolant system so that should be alright. Here's my list so far:

1) Change oil and filter
2) Change rear diff. fluid
3) Change power steering fluid and filter
4) Change transmission fluid, also in the torque converter
5) Change air filter
6) Change cabin filter
7) Change spark plugs (cap and rotors replaced recently)
8) Change brake fluid, pads, rotors (this is a maybe, I want to use the current pads up)
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Old 11-05-2003, 08:18 PM
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Have the timing chain checked for stretching. Many, many post about it.
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Old 11-05-2003, 08:23 PM
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You could save yourself a lot of hassles and just sell it to me for a song
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Old 11-05-2003, 08:32 PM
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Everything required seems to be listed.

I noticed you are changing your power steering fluid and filter, which really isn't required. I wouldn't persuade you to not do it, but wanted to just mention that Mercedes doesn't include it in required maintenance.

Also, two of the items you listed are great to do at this "major 30,000 mile service", but they technically aren't required on this service. They are the only two items that are performed on time intervals, not mileage intervals:

Brake fluid replacement: every two years
Coolant flush: every 3 years
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Old 11-05-2003, 08:34 PM
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Oh, it just occured to me that there are a few more things required, such as tire rotation, checking of all the lights in the car, exterior and interior; adjust parking brake; lube the throttle linkage and sunroof tracks, etc.
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Old 11-05-2003, 08:47 PM
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The coolant I won't touch. The reason for the brake fluid change is because I'm planing on taking the calipers off and painting them.

I rotated the front tires not to long ago, the driver's side gets bald at the outer edge. The car needs to be aligned so I'm going to wait for the tires to give up then put my new rims on.

I heard that the PS fluid and filter change was cheap, so why not.

All my lights are new, about a month old. The sunroof has been lubed.

I will add the parking brake adjustment and the throttle linkage, although I will put a new cable in since mine's cracked at the end.
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Old 11-05-2003, 11:56 PM
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Here are some:

-Check the battery water level (Obvious)
-Replace the front and rear sway bar bushings (check rear links)
-Vacuum out the temperature sensor inlet in overhead unit
-Lube door locks, ignition and trunk tumblers, hood latch mechanism
-CK and replaced wiper blade and/or arm
-Check shifter bushings (2) often are about ready to replace at this mileage
-Wipe door and trunk moldings with silicone
-Check spare for proper inflation
-Rotate fuses in their sockets
-Pull rear tail light clusers and inspect for dark bulbs, clean good ones
-Check driver's and passenger front seat cushions for deteriorated pads and broken springs
-Lube seat tracks with silicone spray carefully using extra rags to catch over flow.


-Did I miss seeing fuel filter?

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Old 11-06-2003, 02:56 AM
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When you hit 156,000 miles to apply for your 250,000km grille badge.
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You mentioned changing the trans fluid, but not the filter. The trans filter is a bit messy to do, but not difficult.
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Old 11-06-2003, 01:15 PM
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Good time to give the steering and suspension bits a close inspection.

Here in the salt belt, you would be due for a bunch of things to be worn out on the front end.
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Old 11-06-2003, 02:11 PM
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RE: Maintain?

How important is it to change the tranny filter, and where is it on my 95 E320 (wagon)? Also, where is power steering filter? Finally, and this may seem dumb, but I don't have a cap & rotor, right? It's electronic? I changed the plugs under the engine cover on top, and saw electronic boxes.
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Old 11-06-2003, 07:14 PM
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the tranny filter for your E320 is inside the transmission oil pan and is very easy to replace. The power steering filter is located inside your power steering pump resevoir. Just unscrew the top cover, suck some of the fluid out (or drain it) and then remove the stem that the cover attaches to and that's when you'll see the filter laying in there. Takes only a few minutes to replace.

Back to the tranny filter though, drain the fluid from the drain plug located on the pan, then remove the bolts holding the pan on and you'll see the filter. Don't forget to drain your Torque Converter while your at it. This is a very easy do it yourself job and well worth the hour or so it will take you to do it. Whatever fluid you use is mainly up to you, I believe Dexron II is the only spec although Mercedes does have a list of approved fluids for this tranny. A lot of people here use Mobil 1 synthetic ATF, Amsoil synthetic ATF or Redline. May see some benefits of synthetic if you live in a very cold climate, even if you don't you still might like it, I know I wouldn't use anything but synthetic oil and ATF but that's just me!!
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Old 11-06-2003, 07:15 PM
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oh yeah, and you don't have a cap and rotor for your ignition system. You have crank, cam, etc. etc sensors for all the ignition firing....
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Old 11-06-2003, 07:50 PM
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oh yeah, and you don't have a cap and rotor for your ignition system. You have crank, cam, etc. etc sensors for all the ignition firing....
I was about to type the same thing yesterday, until I noticed that he drives a 400E, which means he has two caps and two rotors.
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Old 11-06-2003, 08:06 PM
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Here's an updated list:


1) Change oil and filter
2) Change rear diff. fluid
3) Change power steering fluid and filter
4) Change transmission fluid and filter, also in the torque converter
5) Change air filter
6) Change cabin filter
7) Change spark plugs (cap and rotors replaced recently)
8) Change brake fluid, pads, rotors (this is a maybe, I want to use the current pads up)
9) Change fuel filter
10) Adjust parking brake
11) Replace throttle cable
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