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Old 08-17-2015, 06:05 PM   #1
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Oil change

Just a question. We only put 3-4k per year, but Mercedes says must change yearly anyway. Can I just drain out oil and put in new oil without changing filter?


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Old 08-17-2015, 06:10 PM   #2
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Not to sound mean, but you can do what ever you want to do, just remember the old Fram commercial, You can pay me now or pay me later. For the price of a filter why not change it.
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:14 PM   #3
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Just a question. We only put 3-4k per year, but Mercedes says must change yearly anyway. Can I just drain out oil and put in new oil without changing filter?


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Where does it say yearly-Please-Thanks.
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:37 PM   #4
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I called Mercedes
They told me every 10k or yearly is what is called for. I don't understand why. I just don't want to be denied a warrantee claim


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Old 08-17-2015, 07:35 PM   #5
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Couple things;

A filter is about $11 bucks and it takes about 15 minutes to change it out. Enough said on that.
Now on oil. Oil actually degrades over time, al beit, syn mobil 1 has a much longer shelf life being a "true synthetic", than conventional oil. All oils "acquire" impurities as part of combustion, aka slight blow by, sometimes fuel contamination, etc. Some moisture may also slightly degrade it as well. Your MB 3.0 diesel is truely a marvel of engineering, if you take care of it.

MB recently went to 15K intervals for I believe the '14 and on model year(s). I for one, wouldn't go past 10K, as is speced in the pre-14's. Just sayin'
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specially keeping Bio Diesel contamination in mind. That's a fact!
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:41 PM   #7
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Oil breaks down over time. One of the causes is water in the oil caused by condensation. The water gets boiled out of the oil every time you drive more than 20 minutes. So when a motorhome sites for long periods you get lots of water and high oil break down. Thus the once a year requirement.
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This is from the MB 2013 Sprinter operators manual. It differs from the maintenance manual which states 10,000 miles. I change my oil more frequently, especially since I tow. Mobil recommends yearly or recommended mileage, which ever comes first.

Interval for oil change
Oil change intervals depend on the vehicle's
operating conditions and the quality of the
engine oil used. The on-board computer
automatically shows the date for the next oil
change as an event message in the display.
Only by using engine oil with a particularly
high quality grade, e.g. according to Sheet
Number 228.51 of the Mercedes-Benz
Specifications for Service Products, can the
maximum interval for oil change be achieved.
We recommend having the oil changed at a
qualified specialist workshop.
Engine oil for diesel engines
Product name/number Interval for oil
change
see the Maintenance
Booklet
MB Sheet
Number 228.51, 229.31,
229.51
2 years or
15,000 miles
(24,000 km)16
16 The oil change interval with the criterion: time or distance that comes first is applicable.
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I called Mercedes
They told me every 10k or yearly is what is called for. I don't understand why. I just don't want to be denied a warrantee claim


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If you're only doing one oil change a year and you're concerned with warranty - I'd take it to the dealer and let them service it.
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