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Old 08-06-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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1st oil change

I'm getting ready to do the first oil change on my Solera and was wondering if there's any input about the best synthetic oil to use and a good year round weight (10/40, 15/40)? I live in Iowa and we do get some pretty cold winter's so I was thinking of a 10/40 possibly.
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:52 PM   #2
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I used Mobil 1. There are not man out that meet the MB specs. If you change it yourself, be very careful changing oil filter. There is a small airline next to filter that i pulled loose while changing mine. engine light came on and I had to bring it to MB to figure it out.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:20 PM   #3
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I ordered the oil off of Amazon. This is what I used. Amazon.com: Mobil 1 98HT81 Emission System Protection Formula M 5W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil - 1 Quart: Automotive
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:57 AM   #4
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Use proper oil...

Please, Please be sure that what ever oil you use meets at least one of the following specs: MB 228.51, MB 229.31 or MB 229.51

The Mobil 1 ESP mentioned above does meet this requirement. However over $12 a quart is too much to pay for it. Your local NAPA should stock this Mobil 1 ESP 5w40 for around $8-$9 a quart. I believe most PepBoys store also stock this for around $10 a quart too.

I use Liqui Moly Longtime High Ten. It comes in 5 liter containers (our '10 chassis sprinter takes right under 13 liters to fill with filter) made in Germany. My local NAPA stocks it for $36 a container. Which is around $7 a quart or so. I feel its is superior to the MB 1 ESP. Your opinion may vary!

Also the OIl filter is a NAPA 7062. Should be around 10 bucks...

As for the oil change process. The oil pan drain bolt is a 12mm head that is located to the left of center below the front bumper. Its actually very easy to get to, with no jacking required. Be carefully not to lose the coppper gasket for the drain bolt, as the lenght of the bolt is a little longer then I expected.

Be sure your drain pan will hold at least 15 quarts of oil otherwise your gonna end up with a big mess....

The Oil filter housing is accessed from under the hood. Its located between the radiator and the engine on the drivers side. The correct size oil filter socket will save you some stress but I was able to get the cap off without one. There is a air inlet elbow tube running above the oil filter housing that once removed will make your job easier. Just grab the elbow and squeeze it on the engine side. There are two tabs that will pop out and you will be able to remove the elbow.

Once you remove the oil filter housing cap be sure to replace the two o-rings that came with your new filter.

Its actually a very easy oil change to do, easier then most cars. Hope this helps...
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:34 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info on the oil change. I will put it to good use.
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I got my local NAPA store to order me in some of the Mobil 1 ESP formula M motor oil, cost $8.79 per QT. Thanks for the advise.
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No problem glad I could help
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Not sure that oil is rated for MB.
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Not Sure either-So I deleted!! Thanks.
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Listen to Freightliner. If you use non MB spec oil in your Sprinter you will foul the particulate filter. Pretty expensive for not taking this seriously. Look under the hood, there should be a sticker telling you exactly what spec oil you need to use. Mobil 1 ESP meets that spec.
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