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Currently own a 2006 ML500,, How do I change my Oil along with what tools are needed.Thank You:)
 

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It's one of those questions that if you have to ask you can't do it.

Highly recommend you find a friend with a Mercedes that knows how.

Otherwise, take to dealer or Mercedes-specialist mechanic.

You need:
vacuum system to remove old oil via dipstick tube
oil filter canister cap wrench
MB 229.5 motor oil
MOST IMPORTANTLY: Mercedes service DVD for W163.
 

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It's one of those questions that if you have to ask you can't do it.
We all had to find out how to do something once! Good info - so for W164's there is no drain plug and we need a vacuum system! Would be grateful if someone could link to a suitable tool
 

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A vacuum pump and adjustable rubber filter strap wrench can be found at any auto supply store for the mid 50 buck range. There is a drain plug but it is hidden under engine cover but it makes for a much bigger job. Filters you can get online or from a dealer. Make sure you use the right spec oil. also take out the oil filter first to allow it to drain and you can refill using oil filter hole if you want.
 

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Thanks! All sounds pretty straightforward. Glad you don't need a special tool also to pull the filter (you did with my Porsche). I must admit however the upfront investment to get yourself service independent on the ML is quite alot!

I was putting some cash aside for a SDS and now I need this vacuum pump.

Still I guess we can reset the service intervals via the instrument cluster trick after the easier services and hope there are no check warning lights to be reset in the meantime!

A vacuum pump and adjustable rubber filter strap wrench can be found at any auto supply store for the mid 50 buck range. There is a drain plug but it is hidden under engine cover but it makes for a much bigger job. Filters you can get online or from a dealer. Make sure you use the right spec oil. also take out the oil filter first to allow it to drain and you can refill using oil filter hole if you want.
 

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I purchased a 12Vdc motor driven oil evacuator pump at the local auto parts store and after the first try I threw it in the trash. The small hand pumps are also difficult to use and ineffective. The MityVac 7201 or similar pump / container is the way to go. If you want Much more information do a search on the W163 ML forum. This topic has been beaten to death.
An oil change on an ML is so easy your 13 year old daughter could do it without getting her hands dirty. I don't understand the comment above that you have to be some sort of mechanic to do the job. Everyone needs a little coaching the first time they do something and, like you, are very smart to get advice to find the easiest and correct way to complete the task. If you decide to use an oil evacuator do not use a small hose all the way down the dipstick. Us a hose that will snuggly fit in the dip stick tube's flared end. The Mercedes engines' dip stick tubes are designed to extract all the oil. The larger hose will evacuate the oil faster. After the first time I changed the oil in my Mercedes I can now change the oil and filter in about 20 minutes without getting dirty. I tried using the smaller evacuator hose all the way to the bottom of the dipstick tube, after using the larger hose, and I got just a few drops more oil.
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It's one of those questions that if you have to ask you can't do it.
With all due resepect, if someone asks a question, answer it, or skip it and go on and read another post.

I just performed my first oil change on my wife's 2008 ML350, and all cars should be so easy. Hesre's what I needed:

1) 10 mm socket/ratchet
2) 13mm box wrench
3) plain-jane conventional oil filter wrench
4) funnel
5) paper towel
6) drain pan

I chose to remove the platic cover below the motor and drain the oil in a conventional manner. (plus, I wanted to see what was under there). Remove the 9 screws with the 10mm socket and pry out the 2 small pins at the front edge with a small flat screwdriver. Remove the drain plug with the 13 mm wrench. Replace plug and cover, all done down here. Remove the forward portion of the 'decorative motor cover' (it just pops right off-no tools). The filter is right before you with a black round cap. Unscrew the cap like any other oil filter and withdraw. (no mess). Pull off and replace the filter element and 3 o-rings. (it will be obvious). Replace and tighten. Fill with oil to spec.
Replace engine cover. Done. Took me less than 45 min. and a Corona.

Hope that helps, Brian
 

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I bought this MB oil from the dealer. $7.43 per Quart. Mobil 1 ESP formula M 5W-40 MB-Approval 229.51

Do you know where I can buy a similar oil?

Thanks.
 

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I bought this MB oil from the dealer. $7.43 per Quart. Mobil 1 ESP formula M 5W-40 MB-Approval 229.51

Do you know where I can buy a similar oil?

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Depending on where you live etc you can have Amsoil Euro car formula delivered right to your door or pick it up at the local ditributor. It meets or exceed all the specs. Check the amsoil website for info http://www.amsoil.com/storefront/afl.aspx
 

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I bought this MB oil from the dealer. $7.43 per Quart. Mobil 1 ESP formula M 5W-40 MB-Approval 229.51

Do you know where I can buy a similar oil?

Thanks.
Your local NAPA store has Valvoline Syntech that meets MB spec 229.51 and is approved by MB. LAst time I checked AMSOIL was not MB approved.
 

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I just purchased a mightyvac on ebay, and the oil filters....I will create a detailed procedure with pictures and post it on audipage.com....unless you guys come up with a good URL!
 

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Don't Forget a Crush Washer

Unless I missed it in the previous posts you will need a copper crush washer for the drain plug if you don't use the suction method to remove your oil. I now use a pump but on the two previous times I changed my oil via the drain plug the washer was deformed. It is not a standard size by the way so I'd recommend buying the first one from M-B.
 

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I have used the MityVac pump up model and it works very well. However, the suction tube is too short to be able to set the MityVac on the floor and get the tube inserted fully so I have to prop the Vac up a little. Not serious but a longer tube would be nice.

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I have used the MityVac pump up model and it works very well. However, the suction tube is too short to be able to set the MityVac on the floor and get the tube inserted fully so I have to prop the Vac up a little. Not serious but a longer tube would be nice. Jim W.
Home Depot will have the hose you need.
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I have used the MityVac pump up model and it works very well. However, the suction tube is too short to be able to set the MityVac on the floor and get the tube inserted fully so I have to prop the Vac up a little. Not serious but a longer tube would be nice.

Jim W.
Mine came with 2 diameters of plastic tube and a crossover rubber connector to be able to make them fit together so I do it that way to have enough length. Otherwise mine is too short as well but works fine doing it that way
 
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