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Old 02-10-2019, 09:03 PM   #1
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This is our first MB Sprinter and about to go on a longish trip with it.

I was wondering about topping up oil en route if that should be needed - though I doubt that it will - I would guess that our round trip would be maybe 4000 miles or so.

Never did have to add any oil in our GMC diesel between oi changes and imagine the MB will be similar - hope so anyway.

However - just in case, I looked at the manual today and the only reference it gave for the oil was a bunch of Mercedes Specs!

Today, in a fairly well stocked local automotive store and - not surprisingly I guess, none of their diesel oils made any mention of the Mercedes Spec numbers.

I plan to take the Sprinter to MB for all regular servicing even though it may cost more, if only to try ensure no future arguments over any warranty issues.

But I'm wondering what to do if I need to add oil during someplace our trips?

Is it important enough that I should go to a MB dealer in advance and buy a quart or two to carry in the van?

If not important - what regularly available oil to buy? Any suggestions?

I'm not sure if perhaps MB use only synthetics - if so is it important to stick to synthetics when topping up?

Thx! ............. Brian.
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You definitely want to use the proper MB-spec'd oil. Has to do with your DPF. I think they allow up to one qt of non-spec synthetic oil, but why risk it?

It isn't THAT hard to find, and you almost certainly won't have to add any during your trip. But, I would find a quart and add it to your spare parts cache.

BTW: You need to match those spec numbers EXACTLY. Close isn't good enough.
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You definitely want to use the proper MB-spec'd oil. Has to do with your DPF. I think they allow up to one qt of non-spec synthetic oil, but why risk it?

It isn't THAT hard to find, and you almost certainly won't have to add any during your trip. But, I would find a quart and add it to your spare parts cache.

BTW: You need to match those spec numbers EXACTLY. Close isn't good enough.
Thanks Avanti - glad I asked, I was thinking Maybe the ref to MB spec oils was just to encourage purchase from MB and it sounds as though there is more to it from what you say!

I'll pick up a quart before we leave our home town just in case.

Our previous Duramax diesel (ran it for the very reliable years) was a 2008, and I think that was the last year before DEF.

It did have some sort of diesel particulate filter and periodically I think went into some mode where it burned of the accumulated stuff!

I had thought that the introduction of DEF maybe replaced that equipment, but I guess that is not the case and the MB diesel is still so equipped.

I just bought some DEF today and with only 1100 miles on the van found that it took at least 3/4 gallon to top it up.

I have heard of possible problems when folk do let it get low so I though as a general rule I would try to ensure it was topped right up before every trip we take.

It took a lot more to top it up than I expected, but perhaps it was not filled when PW got the bare van for their up-fit and they added nothing since there was no display message showing any need to do so.

Anyway it's done now!

Thx again .......... Brian.
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229.52 oil spec for European diesels

Mobil 1 5W/30 ESP or 0W/30 ESP
Pennzoil Platinum Euro L 5W/30
These are some examples of oil you can use. Look for the above spec on the oil container.
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Here is an example of the items needed for a Sprinter oil change...

https://www.sprinterpartsdepot.com/p...nt=33380574223
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229.52 oil spec for European diesels

Mobil 1 5W/30 ESP or 0W/30 ESP
Pennzoil Platinum Euro L 5W/30
These are some examples of oil you can use. Look for the above spec on the oil container.
Many thanks - I went to our local MB dealer today and picked up some of their oil just to carry in the van but will certainly keep record of these other possible oisto use if need be

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If you are going to use Mercedes service for warranty guarantee then I would get a couple quarts of their oil that they use and carry it with you and keep the receipt for it in your records.
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Advance Auto Parts will sell you Mobil 1 ESP buy the quart size. You will probably have to order it. I have bought 229.51 oil from in stock but, only in 5 liter containers.
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Scroll down to the discussion on oil types and weights.
Mercedes-Benz & Sprinter OM642 BlueTec Diesel Issues/Problems | Stephens Service Center - Sacramento's Best Mercedes-Benz Service & Repairs
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You only have to buy a couple quart bottles once, if you change your own oil, as you can just refill them from a 6 liter or even 5 gallon jug.
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