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Mercedes 300 SEL - Oil Pan

Hey there!

Okay, my sons’ financee has “somehow” busted her oil pan on her 1991 Mercedes 300 SEL. Now, her father has her going to a garage (“special” one at that….*rolls eyes*) that charges an arm and a leg (maybe a kidney too…who knows) and their quote to fix it is barely under a grand for which I said “no way”! For an oil pan?! The earliest model that I have changed myself though was a ’95 vehicle but it didn’t cost me no where near a grand!! I told her that between us two women, I’m sure we can do this ourselves and save her a lot of money.


Now, her father told her that in order to change the oil pan on her particular model, the engine has to be removed first. After googling this, I cannot find anywhere that says that this is true. So I thought I would ask those of you that would probably know better: “Will we have to remove the engine first before replacing the oil pan (her father had her tow it to a shop so I am unable to get underneath to find out for myself)”?


I have plenty of tools to do this (considering the other vehicles I own, can’t have enough, right?) so any insight, helpful hints, etc would be much appreciated! I figure if I can teach her how to work on her own car or at least know what’s needed so she’s not taken for a ride at the mechanic’s shop, would help her in the long run (I had an old mechanic who taught me years ago and I don’t think it hurts that young ladies should know also). My son would help her but he’s in TX at boot camp so I want to help her out here…..

Thanks so much!
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The oil pan can be removed/replaced without taking the engine out. I cracked the oil pan on mine several years ago (also a 91 300 sel) and had to remove it. As I recall, I didn't even have to lift the engine off of its mounts. I had the car up on jack stands and had drained the oil. I was able to unbolt the oil pan from below. It was a job, but DID NOT have to remove the engine to do it. Any one with a little bit of mechanical aptitude can do this. Good luck!
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