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    Thread: 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Oil Change DIY (24 Pictures)

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      11-27-2011 01:20 AM #1
      2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Oil Change DIY

      This is a traditional way(using drain plug instead of a suction pump)of changing oil for a 2011 Mercedes-Benz C250.

      You do need a special oil filter wrench (14 Points, 74mm),as the new german cars are using a cartridge type oil filter. I got mine from ebay, made of cast aluminium, works like a charm.

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      Other hand tools you will need are:

      Ramp (Or jack and jack stands if you prefer)
      8mm socket for the under pan screws
      13mm socket for the drain plug
      Torque Wrench
      Gloves (in case of hot oil burn)
      A used oil catching pan
      Ratchet

      Materials you will need:

      8 Litre of Mobil 1 0W-40 European Car Formula
      Mann HU 718/5X oil filter with new o-rings
      New copper drain plug washer

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      1. First drive the car onto the ramp, let the engine run for a few minutes as the hot oil is easier to drain

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      2. Pop the hood and take out the front half of the plastic engine cover

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      3. Remove two under pans by removing 12 screws with 8mm socket

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      4. The un-covered oil pan

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      5. Open the oil filler cap, ready to drain the oil

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      6. Use the ratchet and 13mm socket remove the drain plug and drain the oil to the catching pan, do remember to wear your gloves because the oil could be very hot

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      7. While the old oil is draining, time to remove the old oil filter, attach the special oil filter wrench to the ratchet and remove the oil filter housing

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      8. Take out the old filter and o-ring, then install the new filter and three new o-rings

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      9. Screw back the oil filter housing with the new filter, and use torque wrench to torque it to 25NM.

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      10. The used engine oil with 7481 KMs on it

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      11.Screw back the drain plug with the new copper washer

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      12.Fill the engine with new oil, I poured in 7 litres first, then start the engine, drive down the ramp, let it run for a few minutes, then shut it down and let it sit for a while and then add the last litre, check with dip stick to make sure not to overfill the engine.

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      And to reset the Service Indicator, do the following:

      1.Doors and windows closed.Turn your ignition to first position (only the airbag light lit

      up),press OK to clear service reminder message if it comes up.

      2.Press and hold the accept call button on the right side of the steering wheel,

      immediately press and hold OK button on left of steering wheel, hold both for about 5

      seconds until the hidden service menu comes up.

      3.Arrow down to ASSYST PLUS and press OK

      Arrow down to FULL SERVICE and press OK

      Arrow down to CONFIRM FULL SERVICE and press OK

      Arrow down to YES and press OK

      Thanks for reading!

      Tomas
      Last edited by tomasty; 11-27-2011 at 12:51 PM.

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      11-27-2011 01:27 AM #2
      Dang I wish the filter was that easy to replace in every car. You have to be a contortionist to reach it in my Camry.
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      11-27-2011 01:30 AM #3
      Great write up!
      Standard mercedes v6 oil change.

      How do you like yours so far?

    4. 11-27-2011 01:47 AM #4
      8 quarts for a V6 3.5? ****ing nuts. MY MKV R32 is slightly smaller 3.2 VR6 only takes 5.8 quarts. I thought that was alot already.

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      11-27-2011 01:47 AM #5
      Where's the dip stick? Or is it like recent BMWs

    6. 11-27-2011 01:59 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by mach gti View Post
      8 quarts for a V6 3.5? ****ing nuts. MY MKV R32 is slightly smaller 3.2 VR6 only takes 5.8 quarts. I thought that was alot already.
      he said it was a c250... so its a 2.5 v6

      very good thread OP...

      Do you think the same will go for my 2011 glk 350?

    7. 11-27-2011 02:03 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by six_banger View Post
      he said it was a c250... so its a 2.5 v6

      very good thread OP...

      Do you think the same will go for my 2011 glk 350?
      Ohs but damn thats even worse for a 2.5 liter.

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      11-27-2011 02:22 AM #8
      WOW the germans put an oil filter in an easy to reach/convenient spot? Now thats unheard of

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      11-27-2011 02:29 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by mach gti View Post
      8 quarts for a V6 3.5? ****ing nuts. MY MKV R32 is slightly smaller 3.2 VR6 only takes 5.8 quarts. I thought that was alot already.
      The Audi 2.8 in my Passat usually takes a bit more than 6.5. The Benz seems like it has a bit of extra plumbing in order to get that filter in such an easy location. Most of the filter relocation kits I am familiar with add 1-2 qts to capacity.
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      11-27-2011 02:30 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by six_banger View Post
      Do you think the same will go for my 2011 glk 350?
      You're going to need 9qt's of oil....





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      11-27-2011 02:36 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Jan PL S6 View Post
      WOW the germans put an oil filter in an easy to reach/convenient spot? Now thats unheard of
      It's been like that for the inline 6 bmws for a couple of decades now.

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      11-27-2011 02:54 AM #12
      I feel bad for those 8th and 9th(?) generation Civic DIYers. You have to remove the right front wheel to get to the oil filter.

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      11-27-2011 03:09 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Jan PL S6 View Post
      WOW the germans put an oil filter in an easy to reach/convenient spot? Now thats unheard of
      And I guess removing all the tupperware over and under the engine, without breaking it, is a walk in the park, right?

      Sure, the filter is easy to reach, but I think that's as far as they went to help the DIY people.

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      11-27-2011 03:10 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by mach gti View Post
      8 quarts for a V6 3.5? ****ing nuts. MY MKV R32 is slightly smaller 3.2 VR6 only takes 5.8 quarts. I thought that was alot already.
      That's nothing. My 2.0 liter Porsche needs 11 quarts of oil.

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      11-27-2011 04:20 AM #15
      I service my father's Crossfire, I use 9 quarts of the same oil. Oil filter is at the same easy place.

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      11-27-2011 04:32 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Jan PL S6 View Post
      WOW the germans put an oil filter in an easy to reach/convenient spot? Now thats unheard of

      Doing an oil change on my 1983 300d was the easiest oil change I have ever done. Everything was easily accessible. I used a suction pump for the oil, meaning the entire job could be done on the top side of the engine.

      to Mercedes for making some things easy

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      11-27-2011 04:47 AM #17
      Looks to be exact same procedure as on my e46. Perhaps the easiest oil change I've ever done.
      In fact, I've used the same brand and spec oil too, which is an BMW LL-01.
      The gloves are off, the wisdom teeth are out
      What you on about ?

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      11-27-2011 05:11 AM #18
      Looks very similar to changing the oil in my old Mazda 6 2.3L.
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      11-27-2011 05:24 AM #19
      Very similar to the VW 2.0t TSI. I use the same oil, except I only need 4.8 qt.

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      11-27-2011 05:42 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by 92skirmishgti View Post
      You're going to need 9qt's of oil....




      9 quarts! Holy crap.

    21. 11-27-2011 05:52 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by dfischer1 View Post
      That's nothing. My 2.0 liter Porsche needs 11 quarts of oil.
      came here to post porsche oil amount requirements...

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      11-27-2011 06:37 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by morecarsthanbrains View Post
      9 quarts! Holy crap.
      I thought 6.5 quarts for my BMW was a lot.
      The gloves are off, the wisdom teeth are out
      What you on about ?

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      11-27-2011 08:23 AM #23
      Needing lots of oil isn't a bad thing.

      Lots of oil means that the oil will absorb thermal shocks (so it's less likely to sludge - see the B5 Passat and B5/B6 Audi A4 1.8T for why you want lots of oil), and the oil lasts longer between changes.

      (That's also part of why the aircooled 911s have so much oil - the oil is performing more of a cooling function in those cars, so more is needed to keep the oil from cooking.)

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      11-27-2011 08:47 AM #24
      OP, your filter kit did not come with a new O ring for the oil filter cap?

      Also, MB should look at the underside of their competitor BMW, they might get a good idea for an access door for the oil drain plug, instead of removing all that plastic...
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      11-27-2011 09:06 AM #25
      That old oil and filter look really really dirty for having only about 4700 miles on them.
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      11-27-2011 09:09 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by six_banger View Post
      he said it was a c250... so its a 2.5 v6

      very good thread OP...

      Do you think the same will go for my 2011 glk 350?


      The C250 runs a 1.8T I4.

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      11-27-2011 09:14 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by alex_bgnet View Post
      I service my father's Crossfire, I use 9 quarts of the same oil. Oil filter is at the same easy place.
      Is the battery still in the wheel well?

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      11-27-2011 09:17 AM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by Fisherson View Post
      The C250 runs a 1.8T I4.
      Canadian C250 had a V6.

      I changed my oil and it is the same oil cartridge design. t was never touched previously but at dealer.

      The cap was overtightened big time. I tried with my old filter wrench but broke it! I bought another more solid filter wrench and then I had it. I was surprised by the amount of oil that was staying at the bottom of the housing. I used many many shop towels to remove it. This design could be better.

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      11-27-2011 09:26 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Saintor View Post
      Canadian C250 had a V6.

      I changed my oil and it is the same oil cartridge design. t was never touched previously but at dealer.

      The cap was overtightened big time. I tried with my old filter wrench but broke it! I bought another more solid filter wrench and then I had it. I was surprised by the amount of oil that was staying at the bottom of the housing. I used many many shop towels to remove it. This design could be better.
      Oh. Cool.
      I was wondering why that didn't look like an I4 in the photos. Hahah.

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      11-27-2011 09:38 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by kerridwen View Post
      And I guess removing all the tupperware over and under the engine, without breaking it, is a walk in the park, right?

      Sure, the filter is easy to reach, but I think that's as far as they went to help the DIY people.
      It's usualy 4-6 screws/hex bolts.

      Quote Originally Posted by Jan PL S6 View Post
      WOW the germans put an oil filter in an easy to reach/convenient spot? Now thats unheard of
      Procedure was the same for our A4, MKV TDi, E46 and my brothers Passat 2.0T

      Quote Originally Posted by J-Tim View Post
      Looks to be exact same procedure as on my e46. Perhaps the easiest oil change I've ever done.
      In fact, I've used the same brand and spec oil too, which is an BMW LL-01.
      I got an oil extractor but never use it because its ot very hard to do once the car is on the ramp and I can never get all the oil out with the extractor

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      11-27-2011 09:45 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by morecarsthanbrains View Post
      9 quarts! Holy crap.
      My mother's old 99 E320 tool 9.5qts.
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      11-27-2011 09:53 AM #32
      BMW made it bit easier. There is an oil change port in the underbelly pans which gives you direct access to the drain plug. There is nothing to unscrew, just a small port "window" to open:



      Also, with BMW, you don't even have to remove the engine cover:



      This makes for a very easy oil change.

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      11-27-2011 10:08 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by alex_bgnet View Post
      I service my father's Crossfire, I use 9 quarts of the same oil. Oil filter is at the same easy place.
      Technically, it's 8.5 q on that car. Do you remove the oil from the top or bottom of that car?

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      Quote Originally Posted by leitmotif View Post
      Is the battery still in the wheel well?
      Nope, on the crossfire it's in the back of the engine bay on the passenger side.

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      11-27-2011 10:55 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by mach gti View Post
      8 quarts for a V6 3.5? ****ing nuts. MY MKV R32 is slightly smaller 3.2 VR6 only takes 5.8 quarts. I thought that was alot already.
      i just watched a segment on the new Lambo Aventador and that thing carries a swimming pool's worth of coolant and 2-3 times more oil than any other comparable car.
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