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Old 11-16-2018, 10:55 AM   #1
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Recommend a shop for Mercedes?

Mods, if this is the wrong section feel free to move the thread. I have no idea where this should go.

I'm looking to get a dif flush and transfer case flush on a 2013 mercedes c350 4matic. Called Mercedes and they said they don't do them. The advisor went on about life time fluids etc. I'm a believer in preventative maintenance personally and would rather spend a little money and know my dif/transfer case aren't going to grenade themselves because I know Mercedes isn't covering the cost of new parts

Anyway, can someone recommend me a shop that has experience with Mercedes that has competent techs. These should be some of the easiest servicing items on a car but i'd prefer to take the car to a good shop rather than jiffy lube or somewhere like that.

I am considering Speed Syndicate but dunno if they really deal with Euro stuff.
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Transfer case is part of the tranny so you would have to do a trans service
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Transfer case is part of the tranny so you would have to do a trans service
Unless a c350 is different, transfer cases are generally separate from the transmission. They typically use their own fluid.

Thanks for the info guys, appreciate it.
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inb4 changing fluid fucks up the diff/transfer case

isn't it 8 years before those are due?
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inb4 changing fluid fucks up the diff/transfer case

isn't it 8 years before those are due?
That is the same kind of thinking as spark plugs are good until you get a cel. Sure, they are working but they aren't optimal. Seeing as diffs and transfer cases are around $7-8k each to replace with labour some preventative maintenance goes a long way. Still amazed people in the euro community rarely if ever do these services. I typically see people never replace the fluid, instead they are replacing their diffs and transfer cases at the same time as their fluid
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whatever floats your boat, 8 years is from the mercedes maintenance book in your glovebox iirc

changing fluids may mess with the seals causing leaks and such
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whatever floats your boat, 8 years is from the mercedes maintenance book in your glovebox iirc

changing fluids may mess with the seals causing leaks and such
How would changing a fluid mess with a seal? Please elaborate.
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How would changing a fluid mess with a seal? Please elaborate.
https://www.benzworld.org/forums/w20...-change-2.html

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It's kind of a gamble, the old fluid may be helping hold deteriorated seals by keeping the grime in place so it's not leaking. New fluids come in and starts some cleaning action and bam, weeping occurs.
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It's kind of a gamble, the old fluid may be helping hold deteriorated seals by keeping the grime in place so it's not leaking. New fluids come in and starts some cleaning action and bam, weeping occurs.

Okay, so I should neglect fluid changes because I should fear seals might be on their way out.

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Okay, so I should neglect fluid changes because I should fear seals might be on their way out.

up to you, mercedes roulette, you're fucked either way

have you considered DIY?

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