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1998 S 420 Oil Filter

I went to have the oil changed yesterday and the guy says he could not change the oil filter because he could not remove the top of the oil filter canister. He showed me the problem. It seems that the motor had shifted to the right somehow enough to not allow access to the oil filter canister. Does anyone have any ideas what the problem can be?
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Bad mounts?
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All of your motor/trans mounts must be collapsed. Do you care for this car or is Jiffy Lube your mechanic? How could you not notice?
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Motor mounts can sink a bit without generating the symptoms of completely failed motor mounts. In any case you need to get new ones. If your engine isn't shaking at idle it's not that critical. You can change the oil without changing the filter which I guess is what's already happened.
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Thanks, the more I read the more I'm sure it's the mounts, at least the right one is bad.
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thanks for your answer, obviously it isn't bad enough for me to really notice. This is my wife's car. I stay pretty busy with my MOPAR muscle cars...Believe me this car is well cared for...no, Jiffy Lube is not on my list of specialty vendors.
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Thanks for your response. I suspect you are right. My wife has not complained of any vibration or noises and believe me she would. This is her baby! I'll do some close checking this weekend. I have a lift I can put it up on and check it out. Would this be a DIY job or an expensive MB dealer job?
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Both mounts would have had to have collapsed if the engine shifted as much as you say. Anyone would notice that while driving the car. The engine would vibrate the car beyond reason. Bring it back to Jiffy Lube and let their 'mechanics' have a hand at it.
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Would this be a DIY job or an expensive MB dealer job?
It's potentially a DIY job, especially if you have a lift. It is tight on the V8s and you may need to remove some things to get at it, perhaps the exhaust pipe on the driver's side. Once you get the bottom bolts out you need to raise the engine about 4 or 5 inches. If you can break the top bolts loose you're pretty much home free.
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Bring it back to Jiffy Lube and let their 'mechanics' have a hand at it.

Yeah....and have John Wayne Gacy babysit your 8 year old....
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