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Can I do a proper oil change with just the front end up on ramps or does the car have to be level to get all the oil out? Also, this will be my first oil change on a 400E, anything to watch out for or is it pretty straightforward?
 

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Well I think I answered my own question, it looks like I can get even more oil out with the front of the car jacked up since the drain is at the rear of the pan.....
 

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No do it on all four wheels on the floor . Just get under the hood you should see the drain plug looking down the side of the engine ,. If you dont see it then you need to get under the front of the car and remove the sump plug . I have a M103 engine and i have an opening in the undertray so i can drain off my oil without removing it from under the engine . But with yours it might be another way to do it .
 

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The angle of the car is not so important as the oil being hot- so it flows out the drain, rather than puddling in the pan bottom.
If you change the oil (regularly) before it gets really dirty, a little bit left in the pan is even less important.
 

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Both answers are correct but I would agree hot oil helps. And change the filter while you're at it.
 

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^This. Changing just the oil w/o the filter is pretty futile. And don't skimp on the filter. Only use Mann, Hengst, Knecht/Mahle or original MB filters.

No Bosch, no Autozone, no Wally Wart specials. And use a quality diesel rated 15W-40 oil, such as Liqui Moly, Fuchs, Shell Rotella T, Chevron Delo.
 

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I spent a few extra bucks on an MB filter online. I was dissapointed on the "size". It is the correct part number. Is this to be expected? MB versus Mann.
MB purchased at Pelican Parts. This is for an M103.
2633611
 

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Don't let the outside can size fool you. It's about the quality of the filtering media and surface area of said media (number of pleats).
 

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Good to hear, so it is the correct part number? I had looked on line and it appeared to me to be correct. It was a couple bucks more than a Mann and worth a try.
 

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102 184 05 01 is the correct MB oil filter p/n# for use on the M103 (or M102)
 

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Thanks. Wanted to post this here for my own peace of mind as well as others. The MB one is shockingly smaller than any other maker. So don't be alarmed.....
 

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With the 119 V8 engine, I had to take off the plastic undertray to access the drain plug. The plug was located on the rear side of the sump and I drained it with the front wheels on ramps so it tilted the sump in the right way to maximize oil flow out the back of it so to speak.....
 
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