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Hi,

I've got an '04 E320 with the 112 engine.

It appears that the oil dipstick tube, sans dipstick, is to the rear and passenger side the engine. Apparently, there is no transmission dipstick tube whatsoever. Is this correct?

If not, what's what?

I know a picture is worth 1000 words, but I don't have the car, nor a camera at this time.

Thanks for any advice or pictures.

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Re: oil dipstick tube location

The Transmission Dipstick is now a Mercedes Benz Workshop tool..Not included in the purchase price of your car

If You want to check the level of the trans fluid you will need the Work shop tool dipstick

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Mark,

I appreciate your response. I should've stated in my first post that I want to change the oil via siphoning and thus need to know if the one tube I see is oil or transmission tube. I'd hate to make a fatal mistake.

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ulrich;151095 wrote:
Mark,

I appreciate your response. I should've stated in my first post that I want to change the oil via siphoning and thus need to know if the one tube I see is oil or transmission tube. I'd hate to make a fatal mistake.

On My 2006 W211 the dip stick cover is YELLOW for the engine oil ..pass side of the air box/cleaner

As I Change the oil on my w211 that way as well

Another way to tell when its pulled up the clear tube one can see the color of the fluid

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Re: oil dipstick tube location

Thanks, Mark and Don

Mark - excellent point re: fluid color - I got so concerned, I'd forgotten the obvious. By the way, the cap on the single tube is black.

Don - The owners manual just says check the oil level through the instrument cluster and states that transmission fluid doesn't need to be checked! It does say that if the oil level is reported as too high via the IC, to either drain or siphon. So, if one were to siphon, then that would occur through an oil dipstick tube, no?

If time permits tomorrow or over the weekend, I'll try it out my new mity vac and report what (color) fluid I draw from my single tube. Let's hope that I find oil.

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Re: oil dipstick tube location

I did strike oil!

For anyone wanting to know, there is another tube located maybe 4 inches lower and toward to the middle of the car. Mine has a cap stating "MB workshop only". Suppose this is the transmission dipstick tube.

Additionally, one can access the oil tube without removing the engine cover. Access to the trans. tube would probably not be available without cover removed.

The FSS+ reset proved more difficult than the actual oil/filter change.

A real dipstick would be nice. It's good to know that they're now included on the newer models.

Thanks Mark and Don for your info.

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ulrich;151274 wrote:
A real dipstick would be nice. It's good to know that they're now included on the newer models.

This was an idea before its time.

I MUCH prefer checking oil level on dashboard on our '07 than I do using dipstick on our '07.

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lkchris;151419 wrote:
This was an idea before its time.

I MUCH prefer checking oil level on dashboard on our '07 than I do using dipstick on our '07.

Lkchris,

I do agree that having no dipstick is probably an idea before its' time. I've gotten used to the ease and much cleaner method of checking oil via the IC. That IS nice.

I miss the dipstick when adding new oil at oil changes. It would feel better to have one for this.

You have the best of both worlds.

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I haven't found it yet, but I "hear" there is a special way on the no-dipstick cars to get the instrument cluster to display actual quantity, not just go/no go. Or maybe it's solely the dealer's computer system.

Mark will advise on this, I hope.

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lkchris;151446 wrote:
I haven't found it yet, but I "hear" there is a special way on the no-dipstick cars to get the instrument cluster to display actual quantity, not just go/no go. Or maybe it's solely the dealer's computer system.

Mark will advise on this, I hope.

One can check the engine oil level via the multifunction steering wheel with the key on ..Engine OFF its under settings

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lkchris;151446 wrote:
I haven't found it yet, but I "hear" there is a special way on the no-dipstick cars to get the instrument cluster to display actual quantity, not just go/no go. Or maybe it's solely the dealer's computer system.

Mark will advise on this, I hope.

Well, it's not without its risks (I've accidentally reset mileage and other parameters while doing this), but with the display showing ambient temperature, put the ignition key module in position one (1) and press the button that's on the left side of the instrument cluster three times, then turn the ignition key to position two (2) - the oil quantity should be displayed in quarts and tenths - you may need to use the arrow keys to see the oil display.

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Re: oil dipstick tube location

While a little off-topic, I'll observe that the future is past is present again - on the W204 C-class ['08s and up], the engine oil dipstick is back and fully accounted for. Since the gasoline V6 drivetrains for the W204 and W211 are the same, I assume this is also true for the newer W211s? Maybe someone in Stuttgart is listening, after all.....

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