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Old 01-14-2019, 09:24 AM   #1
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1st Oil Change - What Oil Should I Use

I would like to do my first oil change on our Forester MBS 2401W and not sure what weight or brand to use. I have read by some that the Mercedes recommended 5W-30 is not ideal and it would be better to use a heavier viscosity to protect against oil dilution. Seems like 12 quarts synthetic is what I should use, but not sure if I can use something like Delos or Rotella, or something else.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-14-2019, 09:31 AM   #2
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Use what manuf. recommends.
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Old 01-14-2019, 09:47 AM   #3
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open your owners manual or look online for your make and model.

Here's what I found

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...t=All%20Produc

Personally, I would use any 5-30 full synthetic on sale but that's just me.

I use rotilla T-6 in my Honda motorcycle.
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open your owners manual or look online for your make and model.

Here's what I found

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...t=All%20Produc

Personally, I would use any 5-30 full synthetic on sale but that's just me.

I use rotilla T-6 in my Honda motorcycle.

No, I believe that MB requires a special engine oil that meets their spec's just like my wife's VW TDI requires. See your owners manual for the oil spec's!

You can use whatever oil you like but if the engine decides to pack it in than don't blame MB for your fault.

Why try and save a penny after spending what you did for your motorhome by not using the recommended engine oil that MB requires.
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:30 PM   #5
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You'll need to find the Mercedes Benz oil specification number - it depends on the year and might be found in the owner's manual or somewhere near the oil fill on the engine. It should be a number like "229.51". Once you've got the number you can head on over to this web site:
https://bevo.mercedes-benz.com/bevol...229.51_en.html
The site includes a table of all of the Mercedes approved engine oils based on the specification number.

Other owners have been using Mobil One ESP oils, which sometimes go on sale at Napa and other auto parts stores...just make sure you get an approved oil...and keep a record of your purchase.

Also, you might check with a local Mercedes dealer...they sometimes have a not-outrageous price on an approved oil.

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My advice if you want to do it yourself is to use the proper oil listed in your manual. Mine is s
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Just be very careful to use only MBZ approved oil AND filter. Mine is a synthetic oil. I learned my lesson the hard way when a rv dealership offered to give me my first oil change when I was there doing some warranty repairs. They used an aftermarket filter which ended up blowing all my oil all over my engine, sides of rv and the undercarriage. I was just heading out on an extended trip and had only gotten five miles from home when it blew. I had to wait a month for a new engine to be shipped from Germany and installed, along with a new starter. This mistake set the rv dealership back over $20,000. ( They said they had their BEST mechanic do my service ��.)
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I would like to do my first oil change on our Forester MBS 2401W and not sure what weight or brand to use. I have read by some that the Mercedes recommended 5W-30 is not ideal and it would be better to use a heavier viscosity to protect against oil dilution. Seems like 12 quarts synthetic is what I should use, but not sure if I can use something like Delos or Rotella, or something else.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Mobil 1 0W-30 ESP (Available on Amazon, I found it on sale at NAPA but can be difficult to find the ESP sometimes) This is the oil my MB dealer uses. I do the oil and filter changes now and it is very easy. Takes just under 13 qts. Will need a oil filter case wrench to remove the filter cover. $18.95 on Amazon.

Motivx Tools 84mm 14 Flute Oil Filter Wrench for Mercedes Dodge & Jeep 3.0L Diesel Engines

Can also get the oil filter on amazon for $10.

Mann-Filter HU 821 X Metal-Free Oil Filter

A good place to get filters and other parts for your Sprinter is: Europarts

https://europarts-sd.com/default.asp
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Just be very careful to use only MBZ approved oil AND filter. Mine is a synthetic oil. I learned my lesson the hard way when a rv dealership offered to give me my first oil change when I was there doing some warranty repairs. They used an aftermarket filter which ended up blowing all my oil all over my engine, sides of rv and the undercarriage. I was just heading out on an extended trip and had only gotten five miles from home when it blew. I had to wait a month for a new engine to be shipped from Germany and installed, along with a new starter. This mistake set the rv dealership back over $20,000. ( They said they had their BEST mechanic do my service ��.)

Wow that sucks, since the filter is just the paper element inside the existing MB case, he must have left the cover loose.
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Mobil 1 0W-30 ESP (Available on Amazon, I found it on sale at NAPA but can be difficult to find the ESP sometimes) This is the oil my MB dealer uses. I do the oil and filter changes now and it is very easy. Takes just under 13 qts. Will need a oil filter case wrench to remove the filter cover. $18.95 on Amazon.

Motivx Tools 84mm 14 Flute Oil Filter Wrench for Mercedes Dodge & Jeep 3.0L Diesel Engines

Can also get the oil filter on amazon for $10.

Mann-Filter HU 821 X Metal-Free Oil Filter

A good place to get filters and other parts for your Sprinter is: Europarts

https://europarts-sd.com/default.asp
All good advice. Don't get sucked in to using any 5W-30 or 0W-30 diesel oil. The Mobil 1 ESP and others are formulated not to damage the diesel particulate filter and other emissions equipment that are on the MB turbodiesel. The emissions system is pretty complex (read expensive to repair) and finicky.

I use Amsoil (personal choice) that is on the Bevo approved list.

One other item I added to make the oil change easier (and for oil analysis sampling) is a Fumoto quick drain valve. Since my drain pan can't hold 13 quarts, I can drain part of the oil, close the valve, empty the pan and then drain the rest. Also eliminates the need to remove the drain plug and replace the plug washer each time.
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