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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-01-2009, 11:47 PM
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I don't think that it is a problem with your cluster. Do you know about this procedure for M-B without dipstick?
This is a good advice but this method is not intended to be used by an ordinary driver/owner to check the oil level. If he really cannot get the "check oil level" menu from the IC computer (without going to the service menu) and if the car does not have a dipstick, then there appears to be an issue with the cluster.
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This is a good advice but this method is not intended to be used by an ordinary driver/owner to check the oil level.
Whyever not? It's only a few actions to remember, and it takes even less time than lifting the hood and wiping a dipstick.

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If he really cannot get the "check oil level" menu from the IC computer (without going to the service menu) and if the car does not have a dipstick, then there appears to be an issue with the cluster.
In that case, my cluster is also not working...as that is the only procedure I know to read the oil level from inside the car. Of course you can always buy a dipstick from M-B, as I did before I discovered the above trick.
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Further thoughts on this topic.

I am convinced that the reason that MB discarded the engine oil dipstick (although it has been reinstated on most recent models after complaints from the techs*) is that the typical MB owner is not expected to physically check oil levels. All the other liquid levels that need to be checked are readily visible by opening the hood.

That's why a sophisticated oil level monitoring system was included to advise the driver at the cluster when the level has dropped enough for oil to be added. The message even advises the quantity of oil to add.

* why did the techs complain? How else can they readily check if coolant has mixed with the oil, as in a head gasket problem? It shows up instantly on a dipstick.
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In that case, my cluster is also not working...as that is the only procedure I know to read the oil level from inside the car. Of course you can always buy a dipstick from M-B, as I did before I discovered the above trick.
I believe one of the first replies explained that on a W211 that has no engine oil dipstick would have a menu at the cluster to read the engine oil level. This is a standard menu intended for ordinary drivers, not the service menu you are using.

If you do not have a dipstick and if you do not have the "ordinary menu", your cluster is not working properly.

Seriously, what does your user manual explain? Are you referring to the CLK or a W211 like here? I'm not saying your method would be bad or wrong except that an ordinary driver may confuse service items at the service menu.
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I believe one of the first replies explained that on a W211 that has no engine oil dipstick would have a menu at the cluster to read the engine oil level. This is a standard menu intended for ordinary drivers, not the service menu you are using.

If you do not have a dipstick and if you do not have the "ordinary menu", your cluster is not working properly.

Seriously, what does your user manual explain? Are you referring to the CLK or a W211 like here? I'm not saying your method would be bad or wrong except that an ordinary driver may confuse service items at the service menu.

DB - you are right. I do have that page (or something very similar) in the OM for my CLK, and it does work as defined above. However, I have always regarded that display as a sub-set of the service display menu which only gives a good/bad reading of oil level without an actual reading - as per dipstick.

The OP stated that he was looking for an oil level readout by tabbing around the standard display menus using the steering wheel buttons. That's why he cannot find it. The information you supplied above is not in that section of the manual. In my OM Index it is listed under: Engine oil - Checking the level.;

I'll bet if he follows the instructions you provided, he will get the right result.
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