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post #21 of 134 (permalink) Old 04-04-2007, 07:17 PM
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Folks, FWIW I get the OEM fleece filters online usually at Auto Parts at AutohausAZ - OEM Auto Parts - Discount Replacement Parts, Resources and Car Care Tips or Mercedes Parts, Mercedes Benz Parts They also have the OEM copper crush washers, I think they're about 25 cents. Wherever you get the filter, I recommend buying a filter KIT, if you just buy the filter it won't include all of the O-rings for the filter housing assembly.

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Thanks for the tips. Unfortunatly the last dealership (mercedes) that did my 60,000 oil change put to much oil in, thus the warning goes off on my display to reduce oil level. All I need to know is where to suck out about a half quart. You mention the oil hole but wear is it exactly in my 230 kompressor? Thanks for your input.
If you have an oil extractor pump (not a syphon pump--I tried it and it sucks, er, doesn't suck actually), go to the dip stick tube, which has a cap and no dip stick in it. On my C320, it's in the back toward the firewall (must remove airbox first). Or if you go to the first page of this thread, there are actual pictures.

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did i read that correctly? It uses 0W-40 oil? Can i use 10w30?
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wouldn't using a topsider prevent the sludge at the bottom of the oilpan from coming out. Especially if you do it throught the dipstick hole ( is that even possible?).
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but what do you do with the old oil?

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i don't know where you located at, but here in So Cal you can take used oil to any parts store and Jiffy Lube for recycling no question ask as long as their tank isn't full.
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How to change Cabin Filter

Hello, I am new to this site. Your oil change instruction are great. Thank you for the posting. I had a question. How do you change the cabin filter? I have an 2003 C230. Do they have sparkplugs?
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Cabin filter is in a black box in the engine bay on the passenger side up by the windsheild. The Cabin Filter is above the battery. It's simple to remove. The A/C cabin Filter Part # is: A203 830 01 18. $22+ at the dealer, but $10.27 at OEM Parts Direct :: Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volvo

As for spark plugs...I have never changed them....they are good for 100,000 miles
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Today I'll be changing my oil and filter. Talked to the dealership about the brand of oil to use out of the available ones listed in the certified parts manual. They said they normally use the 0w-40 during summer time, and use the 10w-30/40 during winter. The only available oil listed that I could get a hold of was the Castrol Syntec 10w-40. They said that there is no real difference between the Castrol Syntec 30 or 40, but because only the 40 was listed as approved in the manual I used that.

Dealership also said there should be no adverse side effects on the engine wear, or performance from using the Castrol compared to the Mobile 1 Tri-Synthetic 0w-40. I did purchase the fleece filter from the dealership, and found out something interesting. Apparently there is more than one type of filter for the 02' C230K Sports Coupe (possible the other years too, but not sure). They were going to sell me the wrong one at first until I got the VIN number. First one was a lot shorter than the correct one. So be very careful when buying the filter, and make sure you get the correct one.

At the dealership I had asked for the Oil filter kit, but they said there was no such thing. I should of read this better first, and just told them the exact o-rings I needed. The o-rings for the cartridge, and the o-ring for the oil drain cap on the underbody. I hope the old o-rings will still be alright, and do their job.

Anyways, I hope this information helps some of you, and thank you for the great write up Spoons.
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I have been using an oil extractor for years now (from Griot's Garage). It takes everything out. When using an extractor, you should not drain the oil out while the engine is cold. Run the engine 7 - 10 minutes, then run the extraction. The dealerships in my area (Seattle) all do it this way.
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