When to replace the Oil Filter on your MERCEDES-BENZ R-CLASS
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Oil filter : 12 month / 15000 km
Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
MERCEDES-BENZ R-Class (W251, V251) R 300 (251.054, 251.154), MERCEDES-BENZ R-Class (W251, V251) R 280 4-matic (251.062), MERCEDES-BENZ R-Class (W251, V251) R 500 4-matic (251.072, 251.172), MERCEDES-BENZ R-Class (W251, V251) R 350 (251.056, 251.156), MERCEDES-BENZ R-Class (W251, V251) R 280 (251.054, 251.154), MERCEDES-BENZ R-Class (W251, V251) R 500 4-matic (251.075, 251.175), MERCEDES-BENZ R-Class (W251, V251) R 350 4-matic (251.065, 251.165) View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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Tools
Replacement: engine oil and filter – MERCEDES-BENZ R-CLASS (W251, V251) V6. Tools you need:
Wire brush
All-purpose cleaning spray
Torque wrench
Combination spanner #13
Drive socket # 8
Drive socket # 13
Oil filter cup socket 74/15F
Ratchet wrench
Oil drain pan
Funnel
Flat Screwdriver
Microfibre towel
Fender cover
Replacement: engine oil and filter – MERCEDES-BENZ R-CLASS (W251, V251) V6. Tip from AUTODOC:
  • Replace the oil filter every time when changing motor oil.
  • Use only new O-rings during installation.
  • Wear gloves to prevent contact with hot liquid.
  • Please note: all work on the car – MERCEDES-BENZ R-CLASS (W251, V251) V6 – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
    Open the hood.
    Step 2
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
    Step 3
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    Unscrew the oil filler plug.
  2. Step 4
    Lift the car using a jack or place it over an inspection pit.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – MERCEDES-BENZ R-CLASS (W251, V251) V6. Professionals recommend:
    The vehicle must be on even keel, and if it is at an angle, the drain plug must be at the lowest point.
    Step 5
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    Undo the fasteners of the oil pan lower cover. Use a drive socket #8. Use a ratchet wrench.
  3. Step 6
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    Remove the oil pan cover.
  4. Step 7
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    Put a waste oil container with at least 9 l capacity under the drainage hole.
  5. Step 8
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    Clean the area of the oil pan drainage hole. Use a wire brush. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  6. Step 9
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    Unscrew the drain plug. Use a combination spanner #13. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  7. Step 10
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    Drain the used oil.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – MERCEDES-BENZ R-CLASS (W251, V251) V6. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Caution! The oil may be hot.Wait until the oil has completely drained from the drainage hole.
  8. Step 11
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    Clean the oil filter housing cap.
  9. Step 12
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    Unscrew the filter housing cap together with the old filter element. Use the 74/15F socket. Use a ratchet wrench.
  10. Step 13
    Prepare a container for the old oil filter.
    Step 14
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    Put the old oil filter in the container.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – MERCEDES-BENZ R-CLASS (W251, V251) V6. AUTODOC recommends:
    Move up the container. The oil starts to drain out of the drainage hole immediately after you have removed the oil filter.
  11. Step 15
    Cover the oil filter housing with a microfibre towel to prevent dirt and foreign objects from getting into the system.
    Step 16
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    Detach the oil filter from the filter cover.
  12. Step 17
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    Remove old o-rings from the oil filter cover. Use a flat screwdriver.
  13. Step 18
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    Clean the oil filter housing cap. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  14. Step 19
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    Install new O-rings and a new oil filter to their mounting seats on the filter cover.
    Please note!
    Make sure to install the filter correctly. Don't mix up the sides of the part.
  15. Step 20
    Lubricate the rubber seal of the new filter with a little amount of fresh oil.
    Step 21
    Remove the microfibre towel from the oil filter housing.
    Step 22
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    Install a new oil filter housing cover and tighten it. Use the 74/15F socket. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 25 Nm torque.
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