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W208 gearbox oil

Discussion in 'Engine, Drivetrain, Fuel and Exhaust' started by ferrarilover, May 8, 2011.

  1. ferrarilover

    ferrarilover Active Member

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    Apr 21, 2011
    Sunniest south Devon
    Your Mercedes:
    W208 CLK230K Cabriolet
    Hi all,

    Picked up my '99 CLK Cabrio on Friday, driving it home it was as smooth as a smooth thing through the gears.
    However, I was advised by a few among our number that I should change the gearbox oil, despite the car having a paltry 45,000 miles in it.
    I mentioned this to the awfully nice man from whom I bought the car and he said it would be done before I picked it up. While I have no reason to disbelieve him, I am a creature of evidence, rather than trust, so I'd like to check for myself. Sadly, I am about as competent with a spanner as David Blunkett is with a magic eye picture. With this in mind, can anyone explain please, with pictures if appropriate/necessary, how I go about locating and extracting a sample of the gearbox oil, and how I tell how old it is.

    Thanks all,

  2. television

    television Always remembered RIP

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    Mar 14, 2005
    Your Mercedes:
    2002 SL500, 216 CL500, all fully loaded
    Go to the DIY section and see home made dip stick, use this lenght of curtain wire to lift some out of the tube and see the colour of it and smell it to see if it is burnt

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