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OIL EXTRACTOR:I opted for the Tempo Oil Extractor instead of the Topsider. The Topsider looks to me like a gas can with a vacuum pump tacked on it. The Tempo unit is designed like a garden pump sprayer. I know they both work just fine, well worth the money. The Tempo unit has a disadvantage that the bottle will not remove the contents of the ML crankcase in one effort. It takes 2, the thing just doesn't hold that much oil (5 liters), but the extraction hose is easily removed where you pour out the contents. You will need another can to transfer the oil to before heading to the recycling center. You can see it here:http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/commerce/command/ProductDisplay?prmenbr=201&prrfnbr=5591&outlet=OIL FILTER:This is a messy job, much more so than the oil extraction itself (unless you mistakenly remove the oil pan drain plug - now that is messy). Getting the o-rings off is a little difficult. I suppose you could cut the old o-rings off without getting oil all over your hands. Just have some paper towel hand before you start.
The following viscosities are listed for any temperature:0W30, 5W30, 0W40, 5W40, 5W50.
Above minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit: 10W30, 10W40, 10W50, 10W60.
Above 5 degrees Fahrenheit: 15W40, 15W50.
Above 23 degrees Fahrenheit: 20W40 and 20W50.
It says: "Select oil viscosity according to the lowest air temperatureexpected before the next oil change is due."
This is valid for all Mercedes in North America, by the way.
Choose to your liking :-)- --Wolf gang Henke http://www.whnet.com/4x4
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