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Old 04-16-2007, 05:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2000 C230 Kompressor Transmission Oil Change with Pics

This past weekend I changed out my Transmission Fluid and Filter at 58K miles
It was a bit black, murky, a bit milky, but not burnt!
No doubt; even though MB HQ says "Lifetime"...no way!
Before car shifted; well, clunky.
Now after the Oil Change and Filter; she shifts smoothly and with more noticeable power.

Here is my attempt at loading up pictures.
I hope this helps someone, anyone out there.
Sorry I don't know how to put those arrow thingys on the
photo caption.

Car: 2000 Mercedes Benz C230 Kompressor

Pictures:
1-Zoom out view of Tranny
2-Removing Pan Bolts. 6 each of them. Note the Thread Lock on the
Pan Bolts
3-Let old Tranny Fluid CAREFULLY drip out in the corner.
4-This is the old Tranny Fluid MB Engineers say is "lifetime". Here it is
with only 58K miles on it
5-View of Transmission with old filter still attached.
6-Dirty, nasty Automatic Tranmission Fluid. Note the dirt and milky substance
7-Clean Oil Pan done with Brake Cleaner Spray and Lint Free Rags
8-Install New Oil Filter
9-Very Carefully and slowly pour in the new Factory A/T Fluid

Button everything up. Wipe down everything with rags sprayed with left over Brake Cleaner Spray and check A/T Fluid Level.

Enjoy the smooth shifting.
Enjoy the day.

I hope this helps a bit.
I'm an amateur but I tried.

Good Luck!
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Old 04-17-2007, 07:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Good one Charles!

By the way that old fluid still looked pretty red so couldn't have been too bad(or was it the flash?) -- I've seen it like chocolate with a green tinge!!

Next time I do mine I'm going to put a magnet in the pan like most other trannies
--trying to find out the optimal placement --anybody know?

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Good one Charles!

By the way that old fluid still looked pretty red so couldn't have been too bad(or was it the flash?) -- I've seen it like chocolate with a green tinge!!

Next time I do mine I'm going to put a magnet in the pan like most other trannies
--trying to find out the optimal placement --anybody know?

Oberoi
Oberoi; it wasn't TOO bad, but it wasn't what I expected.
I did inspect it and found it to not be burnt, which is a good sign.
Also inspected it for gritty, particulate matter, not too much.
But was dark brown, like chocolate and at times "milky".

I could not post all the pictures.

You know what's funny? Is you mention the Magnet.
I was thinking about that Yesterday.
Would love to have a 3"x5" magnet that I could attach.
However, knowing its a good idea, I just betcha the MB PURISTS will start yelling
" If a magnet was called for by the Engineers it would be in the Owners Manual"
followed by: "I would not do it..."
hahaha. LMAO

Thanks for your earlier HELP! It was spot on!
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very good!! I love to see a nice car like a W202 being taken care of. Ive done this last year but the dealer done it.
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Thanks for the pictures. Just to make it a cleaner job for you next time, there is a drain plug in the bottom of the transmission pan. You can see it in your third picture. Instead of draining the fluid over the corner of the pan, you can just remove the plug and let most of it drain out. Much easier and cleaner.
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Thanks for the pictures. Just to make it a cleaner job for you next time, there is a drain plug in the bottom of the transmission pan. You can see it in your third picture. Instead of draining the fluid over the corner of the pan, you can just remove the plug and let most of it drain out. Much easier and cleaner.
Yeah; I saw that drain plug.
I was attempting to screw it off, had a bit of resistance, then I changed my mind and said NO.
I was very concerned it was attached to something.
I did not know what that "drain plug" was attached to.
Of course, afterwards I saw there was nothing there.
Better to be safe than sorry right?

I'm happy with the way it went down. I cleaned the gunk out and NOW know for sure the fluid is fresh, vibrant and changed.

Next time, of course, I'll drain it first via drain plug, THEN remove the Drain Pan.
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What about the thermometer used for filling to the proper level and measuring at a certain temp?
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What about the thermometer used for filling to the proper level and measuring at a certain temp?
How do you get the daggone Turkey Thermometer down into the tube orifice?

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Infrared "point and shoot" type thermometer
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Infrared "point and shoot" type thermometer
I bought a Infrared Thermometer for Ten Dollars at Harbor Freight Tools

Oil Change was challenging, but not hard. A bit messy, but c'est la vie

All in all; awesome experience!

THANK YOU EVERYONE for your help!
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