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Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: 2001 E320 - Brilliant Silver/Ash: 107,000+
Location: West Virginia, USA
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Follow-up: I just spoke to Blackstone
Hello again friends,
I called Blackstone, and reached someone with whom to discuss my report.
The only part that alarmed him was the level of insolubles, and he explained that my 0.2% means that the filter had exceeded its capacity to trap them. Therefore, they have been abrading the inner surfaces of the system. Hopefully now that I have a new filter, it is catching/holding these tiny floating pieces of metal.
He was not concerned with the elevated metals, per se, saying that those numbers were predictable for 59,000 mile ATF. He further stated that 34,000 miles is the appropriate time for us to change fluid and filter in our MBs.
When I told him that my service was only a half-replacement, he was surprised to hear that. However, he thinks I am now set for another 30,000 miles, and said I should do this again at 90,000.
We chatted a bit more, and I asked about the engine oil. In his opinion, we should use 10,000 mile intervals for that.
Hope this helps,
Mercedes Benz - Das beste oder nichts!
Last edited by Musikmann; 01-11-2007 at 05:20 PM.