Here I am with more pictures! Please, if i take too many, just say, don't beat me
I'm just a regular person who does lots of research before doing anything and wonders how things look like. Moreover, I'm an IT guy, not a certified auto mechanic =) (But my friends already call me so since I've done too much work to my car myself!
I searched and searched and searched...
I gathered as much official information as I could to justify my choice of oil and tell people about bad electrical connector (Spacer)!
I did a transmission fluid flush recently! Really easy job! Not too many tools required, just enough space under the car! Along the way I changed the "Spacer" (aka O-ring transmission electrical connector, mine was leaking). I'll talk about it later ;-)
Now my transmission shifts A LOT smoother! Almost don't notice how it shifts into Reverse or any gear. Not long before the fluid change I started having a small problem: When the transmission was cold it started shaking a little bit whenever I put it in Reverse. Probably that was because of my leaking "Spacer" (the electrical plug which connects into the transmission). When I took it off it was totally covered in fluid! Gone now! In addition, it doesn't shift longer into 2nd gear in mornings when it's not warmed up! Also, when it was cold, it shifted with a couple seconds delay into reverse and was a little bit harsh. It's gone now!
I used 236.14 fluid (pink color) instead of 236.10 (mine was of greenish color after I drained it). I justified it using the following guides and MB documents:
List of MB fluids specs and its equivalents: http://bevo.mercedes-benz.com/bevoli...&language_id=1
I simply followed this awesome guide posted above but did a transmission flush described here:
Also, these websites was a lot of help on changing the "Spacer"
SO, GREAT THANK YOU to All these members who posted them!!!!
I got all my parts from https://www.getmercedesparts.com/
Please check the catalog for your vehicle year/model before ordering parts!
Parts you'll need:
1) Transmission fluid. 236.14 part # is 001989680310
(at least 7 quartz if you don't do flush) mine was $14.63
per liter. I ordered 12.
The 236.10 (original fluid) part # is 001-989-21-03-10
Please, refer to this post http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w210...ssion-faq.html
if you have any questions and say thank you to loubapache
for his research!
Also, these documents justify my choice of 236.14 oil:
Mercedes August 2007 recommended fluids.pdf
Spec_231_1 MB trannie fluids.pdf
2) Transmission pan gasket $11.25 (Though my old one was in excellent shape and I could have used it)
3) Transmission filter $12.00
4) Seal Ring for the drain plug. part # 1402710060 $1.13
5) Lock Pin for the filler cap (red color, indicating that transmission has been serviced) part# 1409910055 $1.13
6) Magnet. part # 220 271 00 98 (Some don't have it, but mine had) $3.00
7) Spacer (aka O-ring connector). part # 2035400253 $10.88
Tools you'll need:
1) 5mm hex
2) T-30 torx
3) 19 mm socket or adjustable wrench (to remove banjo bolts)
4) clear glasses to protect you from drops or spills
6) drain container (approx 8 quartz)
7) hose (to perform the flush) I used over sized hose to fit it on banjo bolts since I didn't have stock connector to put on it. (As described in the document)
I made a post regarding the location of transmission fluid lines and the direction of flow over here:
So check this out ;-)
DO NOT forget to disconnect the battery when you start working!
From this point I will assume that you read the guide, prepared all your tools, drained your oil and dropped a pan. Now your Transmission is "bare" and looks similar to this:
As you can see my oil is really dark (sort of greenish color). But there were NO metal shavings or whatsoever! My magnet was covered with heavy grease all around but nothing major. Not bad for 115,000 miles!
Transmission with old filter on it. Note the location:
Now, bare transmission =)
Bolts removed: (including banjo bolts for transmission cooling lines)
If you do the flush, you will need to remove one banjo bolt on top. I removed the bottom one too (which attaches to torque converter) to drain it. Got about quart of oil out of it =)
NOTE: Do not lose seal rings on banjo bolts and notice their location before removing!
Here are some pictures of filters, plugs, etc.
Will be continued in the next post!