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Old 05-20-2016, 04:56 PM   #1
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Question for those who change their own oil

My 1st oil and filter change today at 8500 miles. Cost about $85 dollars when buying Mobil 1 ESP on sale for $6 a quart. Easier than changing oil on my car. My question: I noticed that there are a couple of ounces of oil at the bottom of the oil filter sump that doesn't drain. Is that normal? I took some rags and wiped the oil out.
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Old 05-20-2016, 05:19 PM   #2
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Another question- I wasn't looking closely at the large O ring placement but I assume it is the larger groove which is 2nd from top. Just want to make sure I do things correctly on my 1st change.
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:09 PM   #3
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Yes, residual oil is normal. As to the o ring, I recall just removing and replacing where I found the old one. That doesn't help you, since it appears you removed the original and can't remember which nurl it came from I assume. Is that what you're saying.
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Old 05-21-2016, 12:21 AM   #4
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where did you buy your oil and what filter did you use?
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Old 05-21-2016, 12:33 AM   #5
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I quit using Mobil 1 ESP from Pep Boys, too costly. I switched to Delvac ESP 5w40 about 60,000 miles ago and oil analysis reports are good and DPF seems to be doing good. I save almost $4/quart with the Delvac ESP versus the Mobil 1 ESP. Delvac isn't MB certified but I no longer care. I change oil every 7500 miles and 90% of my driving is highway driving.

I have a 3.0L MB engine in an 07 Grand Cherokee.
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Old 05-21-2016, 10:33 AM   #6
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NAPA occasionally has the Mobil One on sale for around $6 a quart. They don't carry the ESP in the store but it arrives in a couple of days. The filter is a Mann HU821X found on Amazon for $10. By a google search I found that the larger O ring goes in the 2nd from the top (largest) grove. Apparently many people put it in the top groove resulting in oil leaking. As far as oil capacity this forum and the Solera forum list varying amounts. My book says 3.3 US gallons so if my math is correct I calculate to 13 quarts and 6.4 ounces.
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My 1st oil and filter change today at 8500 miles. Cost about $85 dollars when buying Mobil 1 ESP on sale for $6 a quart. Easier than changing oil on my car. My question: I noticed that there are a couple of ounces of oil at the bottom of the oil filter sump that doesn't drain. Is that normal? I took some rags and wiped the oil out.
I read somewhere not to wipe the residual oil out of the filter housing. Don't ask me where. I wipe out mine and replace with fresh oil.
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I read somewhere not to wipe the residual oil out of the filter housing. Don't ask me where. I wipe out mine and replace with fresh oil.
That might be so that the old oil is soak up by the new dry filter to prevent a collapse on the first start up after an oil change.
Had that issue on KTM motorcycles.
And yes I would wipe up old oil and soak new filter in clean oil, a little messy but doable once you get the knack for it.
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I pulled the filter cover after I ran it just to check. Oil is back in the filter sump and the filter is in good shape.
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On my 2007 3.0L mercedes benz turbo diesel, the factory specifies in a TSB that 1/2 of the oil must be poured down the oil canister filter assembly to prevent damage to the front bearings on the first start after an oil change.

I hope newer 3.0Ls have been improved so this isn't a rquirement anymore. It takes forever to pour 1/2 the oil down that way.
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