I just purchased a 2004 C240 4Matic. To my great surprise, no dipstick.
There is a very nice diagnostic feature for oil level in the control
cluster, but frankly I would like to be low-tech and have a dipstick, too.
There is a tube for the dipstick, but the cover at the end is a dummy--no
stick. Can one obtain an actual dipstick for this engine?
Depending on what the top of the tube looks like, either a mercedes one
with the locking clip or just a regular tube like a ford or chevy.
Grab a dip stick of the right type (good long one is best, to be sure it
reaches the oil, and you trim off what you dont need) of the right type
and next time U get the oil changed, and you know that its at the right
level. Stick it in and make a mark with a hacksaw, coal chisel or the
like (just a mark that you can see, this will shake about a fair bit,
and you dont want it breaking off) trim it off to an inch or a little
more below this mark and your set.
There is nothing too high tech about a dip stick. I used to make em like
this all the time for boats with custom oil pans. Only thing you have to
watch is its not going to hit on the crank, rods or other things
whizzing around in there.
I imagine people thought this too when early cars went to a fuel guage
rather than a dip stick in the fuel tank. We all get used to doing
things and don't want to trust the technology, or at least check the
technology is working. I can remember my father going on about new cars
not having provision for a manual cranking handle on the front of the
crankshaft, if the starter failed.
You cannot put any old dipstick in the 112 V6 in the 203 body. The test one is a
coiled spring. Any
flat dipstick will NOT go around the tight bends this tube has. It does NOT go
straight down into
the pan. This an't no Ford or Chevy!!
Well in that case, looks like U have got to just trust the electronics,
and hope if the engine gets clattery because its running low on oil, its
loud enough to hear it before it runs a bearing, or worse. I dont belive
an engine has been made yet that has absolutly no chance of losing oil
somewhere or other or electronics that are simarly bulletproof.
Depending on how tight the bends are, you might be able to use some
thick piano wire or some round spring steel, or I have seen a coil type
spring, about 3/16" round at hardware stores for hanging curtins on,
this would be harder to mark though, and you would still need to make
some kind of handle & cap part. Also make sure the end is well rounded,
so it cant catch anywhere.
If you want to keep it in the family try to use a Chrysler dipstick, I
remember the slant 6 in my 60's model Dodge Truck had a round dipstick,
at least that way you will not be resorting to the vulgarity of using a
chev or ford part.
V12's are a bit fancy for me, and I have not even seen one in the flesh.
I am fairly happy with the old SEC I have had for years, I think it
still looks good, and is more than sexy enough for an old coot like me.
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