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Old 06-24-2014, 01:31 PM   #1
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Oil change Frequency

OK I know the owners manual says to change the oil at every 10k and I recognize it is more costly to change more frequently but for some reason this just seems to go against my grain. The 2013 Solera replaces my 2004 Dodge Cummins Diesel which got a oil change every 3k but did not use synthetic oil. Do the majority of Mercedes Sprinter Diesel owners pretty much stick to 10k oil changes?
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:50 PM   #2
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At least I do. Coming up to the 30K mile service in the near term now. Maintenance "by the book" for all of my vehicles. None of them ever gave trouble (>250K miles on one of them without a hitch).

Engineers at MB spend lots of time figuring out the right balance on the maintenance pieces - why not trust them instead of somebody wanting to sell you spare parts and/or oil.

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Old 06-24-2014, 01:59 PM   #3
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DKarius, I'll be watching the reponse recieved on your question. I've had the same concern. Thanks. Longtimers to this forum will most likely tell us that there is an existing thread available with the information. I'll check on this, and will post a link if I find one.
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:14 PM   #4
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dkarius, There is lots of information on oil changes on the Sprinter-Souce.com website. Membership is free. Owning a Sprinter, you may want to join that website as well. Lots of great info specific to Sprinters.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:27 PM   #5
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Change mine every 10k. Change it myself. Have about 25k on it now. Plan to change fuel filter this time.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:30 PM   #6
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Papap - be careful changing the fuel filter. It is under a large air hose on our 2012 Solera. That air hose feeds the turbo. There is a "compensating ring" (part #A000 094 00 51) at the turbo inside that air hose. Mercedes says to replace that "compensating ring" whenever the hose is disturbed (which is necessary to replace the fuel filter). Mercedes has issued a Service Bulletin on this issue specifying how to replace the "Compensating Ring" and air hose - down to giving torque specs for the hose clamps! Service bulletin warns that failure to follow can result inn turbo failure or worse. My local Ford dealer - who claimed to be qualified to perform Sprinter maintenance - did not replace the "compensating ring". 8,000 miles later I had a turbo failure - sucked the compensating ring into the turbo - stranding me in Oklahoma City and costing over $3K not covered by warranty. Still battling Ford for reimbursement.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:38 PM   #7
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Guess I'll let MB change fuel filter
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:12 PM   #8
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I agree, changing it every 10K is fine. Its important to replace the oil with the exact same amount you drain out. MB Sprinter can sense any overfill situation, give you a display in the instrument cluster, and then you would need to drain off the excess. Been there done that.

And your right, there are several threads, good ones I might add, that discuss changing the oil, along with code reset procedures.
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:26 PM   #9
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Our MB Sprinter manual (2015 Solera 24R) says to change the oil every 15K miles. My VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI is every 10K miles. I always changed the oil in my gas engines every 3K, but diesels are less frequent.
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:10 PM   #10
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Change my at about 9000 and am now getting ready to change it again. I'm right at the 100 mile mark for the engine service light to come on. Like Papa I've been kick it around about doing the fuel filter change but something keeps telling me to take that part to Mercedes.
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