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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-19-2015, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Cool 1958 W 189 Adenauer

What is the best engine oil and transmission fluid for my 1958 Adenauer?
Engine was rebuilt 2005

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Hi Mitch

I use Castrol 20W50 in my '55 Ponton ...... don't know about transmission.


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thanks so much, will do

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I used 30 weight, or later 10-30 weight oil in my '55 gullwing for 35+ years, including an engine re-build around year 25.

And I used ATF for the transmission.... this is critical. And, do not tighten the filler plug too tightly or you'll not get it out the next time.

I was advised by MB that any good brand of oil was good even though the manual advised use of international brands. Changing intervals were important especially since the oil filter was simply a thin wire tightly wound around a hollow tube which strained out larger particles.

Maybe the Adenauer has a different method but I believe it has the same 300 six-cylinder engine. I'm familiar with many of those 3-liter cars of the period and the use of exchangeable parts was practiced frequently by MB.

Good luck - its a beautiful design.
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Thanks so much. Any particular brand for the 10-30, I am also in CA, los angeles area? I think the engine is very similar to all of the 3-liter cars you are correct.
Any particular brand for the transmission and the break fluid?

Thanks so much again,

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I would phone the MB dealer or one or two different, and older indie MB mechanics to ask their opinion about oil brands. Some of the newer types/formulations are not necessarily good for those old style engines.

Also, there are some detailed discussions on this forum that will give you very good knowledge about all this. Look them up.

For brake fluid you can use any popular brand rated for "DOT 3" application. (Keep the lid tightly closed on both the bottle and the brake fluid reservoir).

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Some of the newer types/formulations are not necessarily good for those old style engines.

Interesting ... not that I'm casting doubt, but how does a newer formula interact poorly with an engine of older design?
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Okay fellas, here is more than you ever wanted to know about oils, ....but it should answer all questions.

FerrariChat.com - FAQ: Motor Oil Articles by Dr. Ali E. Haas (AEHaas)

I still think you should do a search on this Forum anyway.
Example:

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/atta...msoil_zddp.pdf

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Never mind the oil...pictures, man, pictures! We need (edit... more) pictures!

BTW, I saw on your other post that that's a 300D. Diesel? Does that change the oil needs?

Es könnte eine deutsche Rostlaube sein, aber es ist meine deutsche Rostlaube.

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D is the body type, depending on the year they made b, c and d. its actually not diesel.

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