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post #281 of 287 (permalink) Old 01-19-2011, 09:03 PM
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I agree - its common sense- laws of physics in play
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post #282 of 287 (permalink) Old 01-20-2011, 04:22 AM
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This is a really old thread, about 2 years, but ... If the tranny fluid is not to be changed, why does it have a filter?
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The STRAINER is there to catch bigger pieces like dropped bolts, pieces of funnel (read the recent topic in W210 section) and similar.
If you take a closer look at the design, you might notice that the filter is actually a suction cup and the screen is just added to it.
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I'm new to this forum as I only recently bought an E320 4matic wagon, 1999. It has 105,000 miles and I have a stack of service records 2 inches thick. Literally everything the dealer tech recommended was done.....Or at least it was listed on the R.O. One thing notable is the lack of a transmission service.

Yesterday I changed the trans oil and filter and drained the torque converter. I've changed a lot of auto trans fluid in my 40+ years working on cars. This was as dirty as I've ever seen. There was gray matter in the goo on the bottom of the pan. Looked like lead I used to find in engine oil pans from the days of leaded gas.

Anyhow I balked at paying $25/qt at the dealer for oil. So, I researched the specs and found that on 722.6 transmissions, Valvoline Max Life claims to meet the spec. A bottle I have from summer 2010 lists the 3403 spec that has been discussed on this and other forums. The Max Life Fluid I just bought lists the NAG-1 spec.

I changed the fluid and filter and after 50 miles it shifts just fine. If the trans craters anytime soon I will let you all know.

All this said, I was unable to measure the fluid level in the pan by any method: bicycle cable without housing, clear plastic tube or anything else I could stick into the filler tube. They all stop at the same place. So, I assume there is a screen at the bottom of the tube. I carefully measured the fluid I drained out and put exactly that amount back in.
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I'm new to this forum as I only recently bought an E320 4matic wagon, 1999. It has 105,000 miles and I have a stack of service records 2 inches thick. Literally everything the dealer tech recommended was done.....Or at least it was listed on the R.O. One thing notable is the lack of a transmission service.

Yesterday I changed the trans oil and filter and drained the torque converter. I've changed a lot of auto trans fluid in my 40+ years working on cars. This was as dirty as I've ever seen. There was gray matter in the goo on the bottom of the pan. Looked like lead I used to find in engine oil pans from the days of leaded gas.

Anyhow I balked at paying $25/qt at the dealer for oil. So, I researched the specs and found that on 722.6 transmissions, Valvoline Max Life claims to meet the spec. A bottle I have from summer 2010 lists the 3403 spec that has been discussed on this and other forums. The Max Life Fluid I just bought lists the NAG-1 spec.

I changed the fluid and filter and after 50 miles it shifts just fine. If the trans craters anytime soon I will let you all know.

All this said, I was unable to measure the fluid level in the pan by any method: bicycle cable without housing, clear plastic tube or anything else I could stick into the filler tube. They all stop at the same place. So, I assume there is a screen at the bottom of the tube. I carefully measured the fluid I drained out and put exactly that amount back in.
Come join us in the W210 forum, there's a ton of great info. There shouldn't be anything blocking the bottom of the tube, though, you did something I have suggested in the past.

On a side note I'm pleased that my friend MM's thread still has some legs. And LOOOOOOONG ones, too.

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...On a side note I'm pleased that my friend MM's thread still has some legs. And LOOOOOOONG ones, too.
Haha Greg, I was surprised to see this one come back to life too.

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All this said, I was unable to measure the fluid level in the pan by any method: bicycle cable without housing, clear plastic tube or anything else I could stick into the filler tube. They all stop at the same place...
Whatever you stick into the filler tube eventually hits the bottom of the pan perpendicularly.
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