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Help needed.. drained the ATF by accident on a 99 CLK 320

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In my haste I removed the drain plug for the ATF in error and lost the pan's quantity of fluid.

I've found many articles on the subject of changing the fluid but can't find any pictures on where the dipstick or top up hole is located for this particular engine/gearbox.

Can anyone help with pictures or a link to pictures.

Please also advise on the correct fluid - Dextron III seems to be talked about.

Thanks in advance

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Where did you drain the tranny if you didn't do it from the tranny dipstick tube?

I assume this tranny has a dipstick tube without a dipstick in it. Just a cap with a protection clip, intended to avoid draining oil by accident, instead of the engine.

Probably not bad to change the tranny oil, but the fill up procedure isn't equally simple as for the engine. You wold need a dipstick tool, fill first a specific amount of oil, let the engine run and measure it at two temperatures.

If you are not sure about the correct oil, why not buy from the dealer.
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If you use anyother kind of tranny fluid but MB fluid your asking for trouble. Spend the extra cash and get the right stuff.
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I accidentally removed the drain plug on the transmission sump (1/3rd way down the car) not the engine sump as planned.

Have now managed to change the oil but my transmission is now a good few litres short of fluid.
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What about putting new oil approximately as you drained and drive carefully to a shop to have it checked? Or drive another car to the dealer, buy the oil and borrow the tranny dipstick tool? Perhaps let them check the tranny when you give the tool back.
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I will put the tranny oil in but I don't know where it goes, hence the post.

Any ideas?
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If its a LHD the tranny tube is on the right side( driver side) the cap is black with a red tab. Once you break the tab you will need a new filler cap. Also don't expect to find a dipstick you will have to borrow or buy one.
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I see he really did drain from the wrong plug, that is what he wrote but the typical mistake is to siphon from the wrong tube. When removing the tranny dipstick tube cap, first remove the locking pin at one side, lift it up, this releases the cap itself.
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I have the same problem at the moment. I am trying to locate the filler tube for a C240 2002 (ATF). Thanks.
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I have the same problem at the moment. I am trying to locate the filler tube for a C240 2002 (ATF). Thanks.
Have you looked in a manual ?
You will also need a deep stick (available at dealer) or if you can find measurements of deep stick (low and high points) - you can make the deep stick yourself.

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