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post #25 of (permalink) Old 01-06-2007, 02:41 PM
jmcburnet01
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Variation: 1996 e320

I just completed an oil change on a '96 e320 using gregs210's DIY pictorial as a guide; I found it extremely helpful. I thought I would augment it with a few points for any '96 drivers out there:

The oil filter assembly will be found near the back of the engine compartment, just right of center. Once unscrewed, the weight of the saturated oil filter will probably cause it to drop out of the filter assembly (possibly making you think something had fallen into the housing), so don't worry. Also, the '96 filter assembly only requires one O-ring, so don't try frantically shaking the other rings out of the box the filter came in; they are not there.

On another note, the '96 has its drain plug on the DRIVER'S SIDE, so plan accordingly. I used a ramp under the right rear tire and the jack on the front right body mount. This allowed me to raise or lower the front of the car after the oil stopped draining to determine the right pitch/yaw to get those last few drops out.

Thanks for all of the help, everyone,

Jesse
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