www.W116.org - All about the Car!
Started by Mforcer, 20 April 2004, 06:37 AM
Quote from: "Ferryman"Mike with due respect your going to have to overcome your fear of opening the bonnet. :shock: Owning a classic car involves once a week checking things that are generally neglected on lesser cars. Open your bonnet and you will find the dipstick for both your motor and gearbox as well as there is also a dipstick for your powersteering and if fitted hydraulic suspension. Checking your cars' fluids once a week will ensure your intimacy with your cars' health and help you maintain some wealth by heading off cata$trophic failure. If you do it at the servo you can show off that marvellous motor with its nice polished alloy rocker covers.:wink: I had a 220SE Fintail. At the sight of the polished alloy rocker covers and long runner inlet manifold. People would feel compelled to ask me about the car, and be amazed at the advanced engineering. It was a 1964 model.The dipstick has two marks, one near the end which represents the minimum level of oil and another which is the maximum level allowed. You will notice that over time the level of oil drops from the maximum to minimum, What you are looking for is to note how quickly that happens. As an aside, if your oil level increases then it will be because of two things, a)the incursion of coolant in the oil, b) the incursion of petrol in the oil. To read your dipstick, first have your car parked on a level surface, Remove the dipstick and wipe off the oil along the dipstick from the top(handle end) to the end, with a rag or paper towel, Reinsert the dipstick into the tube it came from, Count 4, Remove the dipstick and hold it horizontaly. The oil will present itself with a line some where between the two marks(hopefully). As long as the oil is above the minimum and not above the maximum line your ok. If its at the minimum, top up your oil till the reading on the dipstick is near the maximum line, Rule of thumb is that the distance between the two marks represent about 1/4 of a litre. You need to wait a little bit between topping up and reading the dipstick to allow the oil to settle.Don't panic if you over fill it by a little bit (say 1-3mm above maximum line) you'll most likely use it soon enough.
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