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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-05-2005, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Self Leveling Oil

Hi all,
I am new hear and I have 3 450SEL's (4.5),
2 of them are for parts,and the other I drive,none are for sale,yet.
I am looking to fix the rear leveling mechanisms.
I have replaced the bar that goes to the back and connects to the valve because it snapped !
But I cannot find the correct oil to use for the canister in the engine bay.
Someone mentioned I can use any automatic transmission oil, or Hydraulic-Jack oil if I ever get stuck.
I am also looking to read something on the correct procedure to adjust the rear leveling valve after I find the correct oil.
The people at a spare parts counter did not understand about MB Self leveling, and I am finding in most cases the mention of MB shows a "fear" in their face.
But I will not drive anything else but my 450SEL
Nice car, but I have only had these cars for a little over 3 months and discovering new things all the time.
I have to fix the oil problem first though.



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RE: Self Leveling Oil

Aral 1010

Shell aero fluid 4

Shell tellus T17

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RE: Self Leveling Oil

The MBz (FEBI) fluid is not that's around $8/L.

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I would bet that it takes the same oil that my sel takes. It's not that expensive, just get it from the dealer.

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I did some towing after the first post, actually I helped a fellow BenzNut re-locating their 6.9's.
The leveling did not work with all that weight so I know I have some work to do. The hose from the pump to the side of the engine ruptured, no big deal.
Having said this, I need to know how do I correctly adjust the valve mechanism on the rear torsion bar ?
I assume I place the car level on the ground and just play around with height while the engine is idling and then tighten up the 9ml nut on the U-Bolt ?

Just need that clarified and all the rest is straight forward.

Have plenty of spares so not a worry.

Once again, thanks for your replies.

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