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Differential Service?

I think it was Designo who posted a DIY on changing differntial fluid. I'll be darned if I can find it now. It was a great post. Anybody help me find it?

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Differential fluid change instructions for the SLK 320 in the link. A nice PDF with guiding photos and written details is included.

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r170...-exchange.html
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i use 75/90 mobil 1 synthetic
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i use 75/90 mobil 1 synthetic
Yup. Me too.

I just couldn't remember the hex size. 14mm. Not something I have lying around.

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harbor freight has the square head set for about 14$
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harbor freight has the square head set for about 14$
Hmm. Mines a 14mm hex. Had to order the set from Amazon.com.

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hex, square the harbor frieght set has both!!
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If you can find one of these from the ponton days, they really are nice.

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Mercedes-Benz Ponton Tool Kits © www.mbzponton.org
Original style 14 mm hex (Allen) wrench:
The original Mercedes-Benz Ponton 14 mm hex (Allen) wrench (120 581 06 65) is used for the following drain plugs:
  • differential (both drain and filler plugs)
  • gas tank
  • oil pan
  • transmission (both drain and filler plugs)
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If you can find one of these from the ponton days, they really are nice.

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Original style 14 mm hex (Allen) wrench:

The original Mercedes-Benz Ponton 14 mm hex (Allen) wrench (120 581 06 65) is used for the following drain plugs:

  • differential (both drain and filler plugs)
  • gas tank
  • oil pan
  • transmission (both drain and filler plugs)
Now THOSE are cool!

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Would using Castrol C Hypoid 80w-90 be okay for use on the diff? It is also GL-5 rated gear oil however I don't think it is synthetic.

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Very Helpful....I need to do this, thanks!
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Just did this today. Whole process took about an hour. I had to raise the back of the car a little because I couldn't get enough clearance to swing the rachet to break the plugs free.

Like the pdf author says; Make sure you use a hammer to make sure you've got the hex bit well seated into the plug. They seem pretty easy to strip

I had to order a 14mm hex...cost me $15, and a lot of screwing around, but at least I have it now.

I used a 75W90 full synthetic gear oil.

I didn't have a fluid pump...So I stuck a piece of rubber fuel line on the end of the bottle (similar bottle to the one pictured above) and fastened it there with a hose clamp. Worked like a charm, there is a good space just in front of the diff you can use to position the bottle.
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