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1997 C180 MANUAL gearbox oil change

Discussion in 'Engine, Drivetrain, Fuel and Exhaust' started by mercman1985, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. mercman1985

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    Hi as the title states i am driving a 1997 C180 petrol saloon car 194k.

    My gearbox is whining and a friend of mine has recommended adding some gearbox oil. The problem is i can't find any info about my model of car except automatic gearbox models.

    Does anyone know?

    1. What grade of fluid this gearbox requires.

    2. How much fluid does this box contain.

    3. How i access put the stuff in

    Thanks

    Mercman1985
     
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    [​IMG]I did do a sticky on this but we took it down.

    You have a standpipe on the side of the box and on a 1997 car it should be filled to 10mm below the top level to avoid the changes being bulky.

    I am looking foe the grade of fluid/oil

    53 is the drain plug and 56 the filler
     
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    IIRC normal ep85/90 is fine in these boxes. i could be wrong though
     
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    Off the top of my head I think it's auto transmission fluid (ATF).
     
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    The 717 uses auto fluid, the 716 uses MB 235.10 gear oil, either 1.2 or 1.8 litres
     
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    Thanks for the info guys
     
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    Got everything i need now but how do i put the stuff in? Access is tight and from below so gravity is not on my side. Is there some sort of tool to get it in. I've been thinking turkey baster but not found one as of yet. Any suggestions?
     
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    Maybe a bicycle pump or animal hypodermic syringe
     
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    On gearbox oil changes I have done, I have used one of three methods:

    1) Buy a cheap hand-powered oil/fluid pump and pump it in. The pump cost me around £12 and was a use once affair (wasn't supposed to be) as next time I came to use it, I could not get any pumping to work; presume seals rotted in the oil.
    2) Use a long tube with as big a bore as possible with one end in the gearbox filler and the other with a funnel plugged in. Pour oil into the funnel and fill up the box relying on gravity. This works fine so long as the bore is not too small to allow the oil to flow.
    3) Use a crushable plastic bottle. Put the nozzle in the filler and squeeze the oil in. This is no good if you don't have room to get the bottle up alongside the filler.

    There is a fourth method which is to buy a proper oil pump but I don't have the room or the budget for that.
     
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    The car has now begun to occasionally kangaroo under throttling in 1st and 2nd before cutting out. At first i thought it was low fuel. But now i wonder if it could be gearbox related
     

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