Approved engine oil MERCEDES-BENZ ML350 2004 W163 Owner's Manual
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At the gas station
Replace the fuel cap by turning it to the
You will hear when the fuel cap is tight-
Close the fuel filler flap.
Check regularly and before a long trip
Open the hood (
1Engine oil level
For normal replenishing, use water (po-
table water quality). More information
on the coolant level can be found in the
“Operation” section (
4Windshield washer system and
headlamp cleaning system*
More information on filling the reser-
voir can be found in the “Operation”
iUse only premium unleaded gasoline
with a minimum Posted Octane Rating
of 91 (average of 96 RON / 86 MON).
Information on gasoline quality can
normally be found on the fuel pump.
More information on gasoline can be
found in the Factory Approved Service
iLeaving the engine running and the fuel
cap open can cause the yellow fuel
tank reserve warning lamp to flash and
the? lamp to illuminate.
See also “Practical hints” section
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218 OperationEngine compartment
Let the hood drop from a height of ap-
proximately 1 ft (30 cm).
The hood will lock audibly.
Check to make sure the hood is fully
If you can raise the hood at a point
above the headlamps, then it is not
properly closed. Open it again and let it
drop with somewhat greater force.
The amount of oil your engine needs will
depend on a number of factors, including
driving style. Higher oil consumption can
the vehicle is new
the vehicle is driven frequently at
higher engine speeds
Engine oil consumption checks should only
be made after the vehicle break-in period.
If you see flames or smoke coming from the
engine compartment, or if the coolant tem-
perature gauge indicates that the engine is
overheated, do not open the hood. Move
away from vehicle and do not open the hood
until the engine has cooled. If necessary,
call the fire department.Warning!
The engine is equipped with a transistorized
ignition system. Because of the high voltage
it is dangerous to touch any components (ig-
nition coils, spark plug sockets, diagnostic
socket) of the ignition system
with the engine running
while starting the engine
if ignition is “on” and the engine is
Be careful that you do not close the hood on
anyone.!Do not push the hood closed manually,
as this could damage it.
iDo not use any special lubricant addi-
tives, as these may damage the drive
assemblies. Using special additives not
approved by Mercedes-Benz will
restrict your warranty entitlement.
More information on this subject is
available at any Mercedes-Benz Light
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If necessary, add engine oil.
For adding engine oil see (
More information on engine oil can be
found in the “Technical data” section
page 300) and (
See the “Practical hints” section
page 253) if the low engine oil level
warning lamp in the instrument cluster
flashes.Adding engine oil
Unscrew filler cap2 from filler neck.
Add engine oil as required. Be careful
not to overfill with oil.
Be careful not to spill any oil when adding.
Avoid environmental damage caused by oil
entering the ground or water.
iThe filling quantity between the upper
and lower marks on the oil dipstick is
approximately 2.1 US qt. (2.0 l).
!Only use approved engine oils. For a
listing of approved engine oils, refer to
the Factory Approved Service Products
pamphlet in your vehicle literature port-
In addition, check the oil filler cap for
important information pertaining to the
engine oil needing to meet a specific
(e.g. MB 229.5). If such information is
printed on the oil filler cap, only use an
engine oil from the list of approved en-
gine oils in the Factory Approved Ser-
vice Products pamphlet that meets the
specification indicated on the oil filler
cap. Using engine oils of other specifi-
cation may cause the FSS to incorrect-
ly determine the next service interval
and will result in engine damage not
covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited
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253 Practical hints
What to do if …
The yellow warning lamp flashes
after starting the engine or while
The engine oil level has sunk to the minimum
level. If the engine oil level continues to sink,
the warning lamp will light up.
Add approved oil at the next gas
If oil loss is visible on the engine, have
the malfunction corrected as soon as
possible at a Mercedes-Benz Light
The red indicator lamp does not
go out after starting the engine.
The adjustable telescoping steering column
is not properly locked.
Lock the adjustable steering column
The green front fog lamp indica-
tor lamp lights up when ignition
is turned on.
The front fog lamps are switched on.
Fog lamps (
The red seat belt warning lamp
illuminates for a brief period
after starting the engine.
The warning lamp reminds you to fasten seat
Fasten your seat belt (
The yellow low washer system
fluid level lamp comes on after
starting the engine or while driv-
There is approximately 1.3 US qt. (1.25 l) of
washer fluid remaining in the reservoir.
Add washer fluid (
The washer fluid may have frozen.
Move the vehicle to a warmer environ-
ment so that the washer fluid will
Correct the concentration level after
the washer fluid in the reservoir
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300 Technical dataFuels, coolants, lubricants etc.
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc.Capacities
Vehicle components and their respective
lubricants must match.Therefore use only brands tested and
approved by Mercedes-Benz.Please refer to the Factory Approved
Service Products pamphlet, or inquire at
your Mercedes-Benz Light Truck Center.
Fuels, coolants, lubricants etc.
Engine with oil filter
ML 350, ML 500
8.5 US qt (8.0 l)
Approved engine oils
9.0 US qt (8.5 l)
MB Automatic Transmission Oil
1.6 US qt (1.5 l)
(Dexron 3 or Dexron 2E)
1.3 US qt (1.25 l)
(Hypoid gear oil SAE 90, 85 W 90)
1.2 US qt (1.1 l)
(Hypoid gear oil SAE 90)
approx. 0.65 US qt (0.6 l)
MB Power Steering Fluid
Front wheel hubs
approx. 1.5oz (43g) each
High temperature roller bearing grease
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302 Technical dataFuels, coolants, lubricants etc.Engine oils
Engine oils are specifically tested for their
suitability in our engines. Therefore, use
only engine oils approved by
Mercedes-Benz. Information on approved
engine oils is available in the Factory
Approved Service Products pamphlet, or at
your authorized Mercedes-Benz Light
Engine oil additives
Do not blend oil additives with engine oil.
They may damage the engine.
Damage or malfunctions resulting from
blending oil additives are not covered by
the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.Air conditioning refrigerant
R-134a (HFC) refrigerant and special PAG
lubricating oil is used in the air condition-
Never use R-12 (CFC) or mineral-based lu-
bricating oil. Otherwise damage to the
system will occur.
During vehicle operation, the boiling point
of the brake fluid is continuously reduced
through the absorption of moisture from
the atmosphere. Under extremely strenu-
ous operating conditions, this moisture
content can lead to the formation of bub-
bles in the system, thus reducing the sys-
Therefore, the brake fluid must be re-
placed every two years, preferably in the
Only brake fluid approved by
Mercedes-Benz is recommended. Your au-
thorized Mercedes-Benz Light Truck
Center will provide you with additional in-
!Always check the oil filler cap
(page 221) for important information
pertaining to the engine oil needing to
meet a specific Mercedes-Benz specifi-
cation (e.g. MB 229.5). If such informa-
tion is printed on the oil filler cap, only
use an engine oil from the list of ap-
proved engine oils in the Factory Ap-
proved Service Products pamphlet that
meets the specification indicated on
the oil filler cap.
Using engine oils of other specification
may cause the FSS to incorrectly deter-
mine the next service interval and will
result in engine damage not covered by
the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.