Mercedes 300 SEL - Oil Pan - Mercedes-Benz Forum

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-08-2012, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Newbie
Date registered: Jul 2012
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
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!
HCDAVIS01 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-08-2012, 03:39 PM
BenzWorld Member
denism's Avatar
Date registered: Feb 2009
Vehicle: 1989 560 SEC,1991 300 SEL, 1985 380 SL-Sold, 1982 300 Turbo Diesel-Parts Car
Location: Western MD 21740
Posts: 160
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
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!
denism is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-08-2012, 06:38 PM
Outstanding Contributor
eric242340's Avatar
Date registered: May 2007
Vehicle: Zotye Auto 1.5T T600 2016
Location: The wild west of the Far East
Posts: 52,590
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Quoted: 311 Post(s)
Welcome to Benzworld


People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf - George Orwell
eric242340 is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > General Mercedes-Benz

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Title goes here

video goes here
description goes here. Read Full Story
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome