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Old 08-22-2016, 08:52 PM   #1
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Synthetic mobile 1 oil on MBS

Do you do oil change yourself on MBS 2401R? Would be okay to change it to synthetic oil at 3000 miles (I know about 20,000 mils). What are the DO and DON'T if you do it yourself? Do you prefer synthetic over regular oil? Do you have to buy "DEF" from dealer or any auto part stores? Sorry lot of questions because I have so much to learn and I am not done yet.
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Many folks change their own oil, and there are all sort of opinions on the timing and intervals. To my knowledge, all Sprinter chassis model years use synthetic oil, and MB is very specific about which oil type to use. Your first stop is to read your manual and use the correct oil. Otherwise there is a possibility of engine damage and loss of warranty coverage. If you want to read all sorts of threads on this, visit http://sprinter-source.com/forum/index.php

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Old 08-23-2016, 07:14 AM   #3
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Do you do oil change yourself on MBS 2401R? Would be okay to change it to synthetic oil at 3000 miles (I know about 20,000 mils). What are the DO and DON'T if you do it yourself? Do you prefer synthetic over regular oil? Do you have to buy "DEF" from dealer or any auto part stores? Sorry lot of questions because I have so much to learn and I am not done yet.
I do my own oil changes on my MBS. Easiest oil change I have ever done. I do use Mobil 1 0W30 ESP X1. If you bought your MBS new, it came with Mobil 1 or equivalent synthetic. Mine is a 2013 so recommended change interval is 10,000 miles. I change mine at 8000 because I tow a small car (why? Just because I do). I have approx 36,000 mikes now and the oil level stays on the full mark between changes.

Your recommended change interval is 15,000 I think and you would be more than safe to stay with that. Remember, today's oils are much better than years ago. 3000 mile changes are no longer needed.

Just make sure you have a large enough drain pan to hold the 13 qts. Oil filter is on top front of the engine and is also easy.

I use synthetic in all my vehicles including my old Harley.

Get your DEF at most auto parts stores. I get mine at Walmart. I stay away from the dealers as much as possible.

Hope this helps and happy RVing.
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:22 AM   #4
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Do you do oil change yourself on MBS 2401R? Would be okay to change it to synthetic oil at 3000 miles (I know about 20,000 mils). What are the DO and DON'T if you do it yourself? Do you prefer synthetic over regular oil?:
Regarding your oil question; your sprinter already has synthetic oil, so you DON'T have a choice. You must use the recommended synthetic oil specified by MB. Do a search in this forum on that subject, being specific to limit it to MB Sprinter oil requirements. There is a plethora of information posted by forum members who own, change and have recommended on this subject. Also, NAPA has a sale twice a year on the mobil 1 spec oil.
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As already stated, Mercedes Benz is VERY specific as to what oils are approved. There are OVER ONE DOZEN types of Mobil-1 Full Synthetic oils. Only one of those was approved by MB for use in their Sprinter vans. READ THE SPRINTER MANUAL. I had a 2010 MB 3500 series Sprinter. I was unable to find a MB APPROVED oil at ANY of the "usual" places one would buy motor oil at. I did find "Pentosin" jugs online that were on MB's approver list. I bought enough to do an oil change but, kept it as emergency supply. I found it MUCH easier to simply go to a MB / Sprinter dealer every 10,000 miles and let the professional do it. Yes, it costs more but, should there ever be a problem, I had all my receipts showing that my Sprinter was ALWAYS serviced by MB.

PS: There is a Mercedes Benz Club of America. Members get 10% off parts and service at MB / Sprinter dealers.
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Regarding your oil question; your sprinter already has synthetic oil, so you DON'T have a choice. You must use the recommended synthetic oil specified by MB. Do a search in this forum on that subject, being specific to limit it to MB Sprinter oil requirements. There is a plethora of information posted by forum members who own, change and have recommended on this subject. Also, NAPA has a sale twice a year on the mobil 1 spec oil.
I looked at the Bevo spec for 229.51 published here

Many of the oils listed are not synthetic, yet they are approved and meet the specifications. I've moved to the approved Amsoil European oil, which is a true full synthetic - in part because I prefer Amsoil and also because I did not know the factory fill was a synthetic.

So it's interesting that MB requires synthetic and installed it at the factory. What is your source for this information?
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Thanks you for all your responds, what ever you use in your rig would be safe for mind too. I will read on. Camping world will not touch Mercedes Sprinter chassis. I was told by the person who answered my call.
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I looked at the Bevo spec for 229.51 published here

Many of the oils listed are not synthetic, yet they are approved and meet the specifications. I've moved to the approved Amsoil European oil, which is a true full synthetic - in part because I prefer Amsoil and also because I did not know the factory fill was a synthetic.

So it's interesting that MB requires synthetic and installed it at the factory. What is your source for this information?
It's called reading the owners manual. One rule of thumb you should always remember is ANY turbo, I mean ANY turbo, of which this is, HAS to run synthetic oil. In addition, you have specific emission parts that require you run the spec oil.

As far as taking it in to a "professional", its an oil change. But, if you don't feel comfortable, I understand that too. Just sayin'
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It's called reading the owners manual. One rule of thumb you should always remember is ANY turbo, I mean ANY turbo, of which this is, HAS to run synthetic oil. In addition, you have specific emission parts that require you run the spec oil.

As far as taking it in to a "professional", its an oil change. But, if you don't feel comfortable, I understand that too. Just sayin'
I go back to my original question. Where in the owners manual OR in the Bevo spec 229.51 does it indicated that synthetic oil HAS to be used? If so, then why are there non-synthetics listed as meeting the allowable 229.51 spec?

While I don't disagree that the use of synthetic oil is a great idea, given the high temperatures seen especially at the turbo bearings, my search of both the maintenance manual and the owners manual (online, using Adobe search function) failed to find the term synthetic.

So if you could please provide a page number and manual name, that would be very helpful to me.
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It's called reading the owners manual. One rule of thumb you should always remember is ANY turbo, I mean ANY turbo, of which this is, HAS to run synthetic oil. In addition, you have specific emission parts that require you run the spec oil.

As far as taking it in to a "professional", its an oil change. But, if you don't feel comfortable, I understand that too. Just sayin'
All turbo engines do not have to run synthetic oil. Turbos have been out much longer than synthetic oil has.
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