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PDF Content Summary: Drive Sensibly - Save Fuel Fuel consumption depends to a great extent on driving habits and operating conditions. In order to save fuel you should: • ensure that tire pressures are correct • not carry unnecessary loads • remove ski racks or roof mounted luggage racks when not in use • not warm up your engine at idle and with the vehicle at standstill • avoid frequent acceleration and deceleration • avoid frequent braking • avoid unnecessarily high speeds • have all the maintenance jobs specified by us carried out at regular intervals by a MERCEDES-BENZ service station. Driving in low temperature weather, in stop-and-go city traffic and on short hops, and in hilly country also increases fuel consumption.
Owner's Manual 380 SL Chassis 107 1984 Mercedes-Benz 0
O u r company and staff wish you many hours of enjoyment with your new vehicle. You have placed a lot of trust in our company name by purchasing a MERCEDES, from which you may expect that it will give you long service, with a minimum of trouble and that it is easy to operate. We have just one request to make, hoping that it will benefit you as well: Please do not put this manual aside without first carefully reading it. This manual contains many important recommendations that could help you gain better control over your MERCEDES and more pleasure while driving it. We wish you many miles of motoring pleasure. Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft 3
Contents Special equipment is also described in this manual, including operating instructions wherever necessary. Since there are special-order items, the descriptions and illustrations herein may vary slightly from the actual equipment of your vehicle. If there are any equipment details that are not shown or described in this Owner's Manual, your MERCEDES-BENZ dealer will be glad to inform you of correct care and operating procedures. The last page What you should know at the gas station Vehicle Operation Instruments and Controls 8 Instrument Cluster ..................... 10 Keys, D oors................................. 12 Flat Key, Master Key and Supplementary K ey 12 Obtaining Replacement Keys . 12 Opening, Locking and Unlocking of Doors ................ 12 Central Lock System ............... 13 4 Seats ........................................... 14 Adjustment of Driver’s Seat and Front Passenger S eat 14 Safety Head Restraints 15 Seat Heater ........................... 15 Seat Belts ............................... 16 Controls ..................................... 17 Steering L o ck.......................... 17 Lighting Switch ........................ 18 Combination Sw itch..................19 Cruise Control ..........................20 Automatic Climate C ontrol 21 Various Equipment ...................... 26 Exterior Mirrors ........................ 26 Inside Rear View Mirror .......... 26 Sun Visors.................................27 Heated Rear W indow................27 Shelf below Rear Window — 27 Lighter..................................... 28 Interior Lamps ..........................28 Power Windows ........................28 Soft Top ....................................... 29 Hardtop...........................................31 Radio.............................................. 33 Driving Hood ........................................... 40 Parking Brake ............................. 40 Regular Inspections ................... 41 Catalytic Converter Cautions ... 42 Starting and Turning off the Engine ............................. 43 Starting and Shifting Gears.... 44 Safe Driving ................................ 46 Brake Pad Wear Indicator Lamp ....................................... 47 Brake Fluid ............................. 47 Charge Indicator Lam p...... 47 Fuel Reserve Warning Lamp .. 47 Oil Pressure Gauge ............... 48 Coolant Temperature Gauge . 48 Emission C ontrol................. 48 Engine Oil Consumption ....... 48 The First 1500 km/1000 Miles .. 49 Driving Economically ................. 49 Gauge for Economical Driving (ECONOMY)............ 49 Special Operating Conditions ... 49 Winter Driving...................... 49 Hints for Driving.................. 50 Tire Chains ............................. 50 Traveling Abroad................. 50
Vehicle Care MERCEDES-BENZ Maintenance System ....................................... Spare Parts Service ................... Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle Jobs related to Care............... Practical Hints Ash tray .................................... Luggage or Ski Racks.............. Spare Wheel, Jack, Vehicle Tool Kit ........................ Wheels, Tires, Changing Wheels .................... Wheels, Tires ........................ Changing Wheels ................. Tire Inflation Pressure .......... Checking Fuels, Coolants, 52 53 53 54 58 58 58 59 59 60 61 Electrical System ................... Headlamp Adjustment....... Replacing Bulbs................. Fuses .................................. Battery................................ Spark Plugs........................ Tow-starting and Towing the Vehicle............................. Jump Starting.......................... Unlocking of the Filler Flap... Technical Data - Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants, etc. Identification Plates............... Vehicle Data C ards............... Warranty Coverage............... Technical Data ...................... Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants, el Capacities .......................... Contents 64 64 64 68 Vehicle Operation 68 68 69 70 70 Driving 72 73 Vehicle Care 73 74 76 76 Lubricants, etc........................... Engine Oil Level Check ....... Checking Coolant Level....... Automatic Transmission Fluid Level ............................. 61 61 62 63 Engine Oils ........................ Brake Fluid ........................ Coolants............................. Service Literature ................. Consumer Information.......... 78 78 79 80 81 Practical Hints Technical Data - Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants, etc. 5
> Instruments and Controls For more detailed descriptions see quoted pages. 1 Swivelling side ventilation outlets (page 21) 2 Control lever for side ventilation (page 21) 3 Parking brake release button (page 40) 4 Hood release lever (page 40) 5 Parking brake pedal (page 40) 6 Combination switch (page 19) 7 Lighting switch (page 18) 8 Instruction tag (except tourist vehicle). Use only unleaded gasoline 9 Cruise control (page 20) 10 Instrument cluster (page 10) 11 Horn control 12 Steering lock with ignition/starter switch (page 17) 13 Swivelling outlets for nonheated fresh air (page 21) 14 Outside temperature gauge 15 Switch for front dome lamps (page 28) 8 16 Switch for automatic antenna (page 38) 17 Switch for heated rear window (page 27) 18 Radio (page 33) 19 Automatic climate control (page 21) 20 Ash tray with lighter (page 28, 58) 21 Switch for left power window (page 28) 22 Switch for left seat heater (page 15) 23 Switch for hazard warning flasher system 24 Switch for right seat heater (page 15) 25 Switch for right power window (page 28) 26 Adjusting lever for exterior mirror on front passenger side (page 26) 27 Glove compartment (to open, shift handle sideways). Only illuminated if steering lock is in position “1” or “2”. 28 Loudspeaker cover, right and left
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Instrument Cluster ^ 1 Gauge for economical driving (ECONOMY). ^ See page 49 2 Coolant temperature gauge (° C) V Up to red marking: Maximum permissible temperature for an anti-corrosion/antifreeze blended fill protecting down to —30° Cl—22° F. See page 48 3 Fuel gauge with reserve warning lamp (yellow) Comes on when the steering lock key is moved to driving position “2” and must go out when the engine is idling. See page 47 Fuel reserve and capacity, refer to page 77 and last page 4 Oil pressure gauge (bar). See page 48 5 Main odometer 6 Trip odometer 7 Knob for clock adjustment (press in for adjustments) 8 Electric clock 9 Tachometer 10 Red marking on tachometer: Excessive engine revolutions 10 11 Turn signal indicator lamp, right (green) 12 02-Sensor replacement indicator lamp (red): When the indicator lamp comes on, the 02-Sensor must be replaced 13 Seat belt warning lamp (red) 14 Brake pad wear indicator lamp (yellow): Lights up during braking if the front wheel brake pads are worn down. See page 47 15 Dimmer knob for instrument lamps, continuous adjustment 16 Resetting knob for trip odometer (push button) 17 Brake warning lamp (red) comes on if • the parking brake is engaged • too little brake fluid is in the reservoir 18 High beam indicator lamp (blue) 19 Charge indicator lamp (red): Comes on when the steering lock key is moved to driving position “2” and must go out when the engine is idling. See page 47 20 Turn signal indicator lamp, left (green)
Instrument Cluster Keys Doors > Rat Key The flat key fits all vehicle locks. We recommend that you carry the flat key with you and keep it in a safe place so that it is always handy, if needed (e.g. in your wal let). Never leave the flat key in the vehicle. Master Key - square headed - fits all locks on the car. Supplementary Key - rounded head - fits only the door locks and the steering lock. This key is inten ded to be used whenever the car is 12 left with an attendant. Be sure to lock glove compartment and trunk with the master key. Obtaining Replacement Keys You are given 4 keys with your vehicle. Replacement keys can be obtained only via MERCEDES-BENZ service stations. For security rea sons, obtaining replacement keys requires considerable time. Opening the Doors From outside: pull handle outwards (1). 96 5 3 From inside: pull handle in door panel (4). Locking and Unlocking of Doors From the outside: turn key. From the inside: actuate safety catch. Unlocking Locking The driver’s door can be locked only if it is closed and the door latch has properly engaged.
Central Lock System The central lock system enables the front passenger door, the fuel tank filler flap and the trunk lid to be locked or unlocked together with the driver’s door. When locking or unlocking, the locking levers on both doors must move simul taneously. If one locking lever fails to do so, the lock of that particular door is not properly engaged. The door must then be opened and closed correctly. With the central lock system in the locked position, the front passenger door can be locked and unlocked either with the locking lever or with the key. Actuation of the locking lever on the front passenger door, however, is not possible when the central lock system is in the unlocked position. The trunk lid can also be unlocked separately by turning the master key counterclockwise to the stop. Push the trunk lock button in with it and lift the lid. Return the key to its ini tial position and withdraw it. To lock the lid, close it firmly. It will then be locked again by the central lock system. A provision has been made to faci litate permanent locking of the trunk lid for positive prevention of access to trunk by unauthorized persons. Before leaving vehicle with an attendant, lock trunk with master key (square head) by turning key clockwise to stop (tumbler slot ver tical), then provide attendant with round-headed supplementary key. Thus, the trunk lock has been ex cluded from the operation of the central lock system and cannot be opened except with the square headed master key, that you keep in your possession. Keys Doors To reverse this, turn trunk lock counterclockwise back to horizontal position of the tumbler slot with master key. Lock will then be reen gaged in central lock system; that is, it will automatically be locked or unlocked depending on whether the driver’s door is locked or un locked. The central lock system operates on vacuum generated by the en gine. A reservoir allows the central lock system to be actuated about five times after the engine is turned off. If the system can then no longer be engaged, idle engine for a short period. If no vacuum is available, doors and trunk have to be locked individually with the key. The fuel tank filler flap, however, remains unlocked. Note: If the filler flap cannot be opened when the central lock system is un locked, refer to “Unlocking of the Filler Flap” (page 70). Seats Adjustment of Driver's Seat and Front Passenger’s Seat Fore/aft adjustment: lift handle (1), push seat backward or forward and allow handle to reengage. 14 Seat elevation (6 positions): Each time handle (2) is pulled up, the seat is raised by one notch. If the handle is pushed down completely, the seat will return to its lowest position. Afterwards, handle can be pulled up to engage the seat in its first position to avoid clicking noise. Back rest tilt: turn handwheel (3). For full reclining of backrest, seat should be moved to one of the for wardmost positions and headrest removed. For driving, return back rest to upright position, push seat back, and replace headrest. After disengaging the stop by lifting knob (4), the back rest can be folded forwards. Note: Prior to operating the vehicle, the driver should adjust the seat height for proper vision as well as fore/aft placement and seat back angle to insure adequate control, reach, operation, and comfort. Be certain seat is “locked in” by sliding front/ rear until full engagement is assured. The head restraint should also be adjusted for proper height so that when the cushion is tipped completely forward, it should form a cradle behind the seat occupant’s head (see page 15). Both the inside and outside rear view mirrors should then be adjus ted for adequate rearward vision. Fasten seat belts. All seat, head restraint, and rear view mirror adjustments as well as fastening of seat belts should be accomplished before the vehicle is put into motion. Safety Head Restraints Adjust head restraint to support the back of the head approximately at ear level. Height adjustment: Pull head restraint slightly forward (1) and slide up or down. Removing head restraints: Pull head restraint up to the stop. Depress release button (2) to be felt under the covering material in rear of back rest and pull up head restraint quickly, holding it by the LH head restraint post (viewed in driving direction). Finally pull out head restraint completely with both hands. Seat Heater The seat heater can be switched on when the steering lock is in position “1” or “2”. Heater operation: Push in upper switch portion; position 1 = normal heater opera tion, one indicator lamp lights up. Push in lower switch portion; position 2 = rapid heating, both indicator lamps light up. After approximately 5 minutes in the rapid heating mode, the heater automatically switches to normal operation and only one control lamp will stay on. Seats 9414 Turning off heater: If one control lamp is on, press in upper part of switch, position 1. If both control lamps are on, press in lower part of switch, position 2. The heater automatically turns off after approximately 30 minutes of operation. Note: When in operation, the seat heater consumes a large amount of elec trical energy. It is advisable not to use the seat heater longer than necessary. 15
Seats Seat Belts Warning System: The indicator is illuminated for 4-8 seconds after turning the steering lock key to position “2”. If the seat belt of the driver’s seat is not fastened a warning buzzer sounds simultaneously. 16 Fastening: • Pull belt with latch plate (1) over shoulder and lap. The belt must not be twisted. • Press latch plate (1) into buckle (2) and allow to engage audibly. • The belt must be tight and must be checked for tightness imme diately after fastening and regu larly during the trip. If required, tighten lap belt by pulling up on the upper belt section. Unfastening: • Depress red button (3) in buckle. • Return latch plate (1) to initial position. Operation: The seat belt inertia reel stops the belt from unwinding further in case of vehicle deceleration or if the belt is pulled out quickly. Functional test: The locking function of the inertia reel can be tested by pulling the belt out quickly. Note: No seat belt can be used for more than one person. Belts are not intended for children under the age of six or under the weight of 23 kg/50 lb. After an accident, inspect the seat belts and replace them, if required. The belt anchors in the vehicle should also be checked. Replace damaged belts immediately. Belts must not be routed via sharp edges. No modifications which may affect the efficiency of the belts must be made. For cleaning and care of belt webb ing, refer to page 54. Steering Lock 0 Steering is locked when the key is withdrawn and the steering lock is engaged. The key can be withdrawn only in zero position. Note: Do not remove key from steer ing lock while the vehicle is in motion as this will cause the engagement of the steering lock thus rendering the vehicle inoperable. Steering is unlocked. (If necessary, move steering wheel slightly to turn the key clockwise to position “1”.) Driving position. Starting position. For starting and turning off the engine, refer to page 43. Notes: The following items can be opera ted with the key in steering lock position “1”. Controls Wiper, windshield washer, head lamp flasher, lighter, glove compart ment lamp, radio, seat heater, elec trically adjustable exterior mirror. A warning buzzer sounds when the key has been left in steering lock positions “ 1” or “0” and the driver’s door is opened. With the engine at idle speed, the charging rate of the alternator (out put) is limited. It is therefore recommended to turn off unnecessary electrical con sumers while driving in stop and go traffic. This precaution helps to avoid draining of the battery. An effective measure to preserve battery power is to turn off the fol lowing consumers: Seat heater, heated rear window. 17 < Controls > Lighting Switch 0 Off-position 1 Parking lamps (includes side marker lamps, tail lamps, license plate lamps, instrument panel lamps) Note: With the steering lock key removed and the driver’s door or the front passenger’s door open, a warning buzzer sounds if the vehicle’s ex terior lamps are not switched off (standing lamps excepted). 2 3 4 A 18 Same as pos. 1 plus headlamps Standing lamps, right Standing lamps, left Fog lamps (turn to position 2 and pull out to first detent = same as position 2 plus fog lamps) Combination Switch 1 Low beam (lighting switch turned clockwise to 2nd notch) 2 High beam (lighting switch turned clockwise to 2nd notch) 3 High beam flasher (high beam available independent of lighting switch position) 4 Turn signals, right 5 Turn signals, left To operate the turn signals, move the combination switch past the point of resistance (up or down). The switch is automatically can celled when the steering wheel is turned by a large enough angle. To signal minor directional changes of the vehicle, such as changing lanes on a highway, move combina tion switch to the point of resis tance only and hold it there. Controls 6 Control for windshield washer system When the washer system is switched on, the wipers also operate. 7 Windshield wiper control 0 Windshield wiper switched off 1 Intermittent wiping II Normal wiper speed III High wiper speed Note: If one of the turn signals fails, the turn signal indicator system flashes and sounds at a faster sequence than under normal operating condi tions. Fog lamps will only operate to gether with low beam headlamps. Fog lamps are turned off automati cally when lighting switch is returned to off-position. 19 Controls Cruise Control Any given speed above approxi mately 40 km/h/25 mph can be maintained with the cruise control by operating the switch. 1 Setting (touch switch) Accelerating (hold switch) 2 Setting (touch switch) Decelerating (hold switch) Normally the vehicle is accelerated to the desired speed with the acce lerator. Speed is set by briefly 20 pushing the switch to position 1 or 2, and the accelerator can be released. The speed can be increased (e.g. for passing) by using the accelerator. As soon as the accelerator is released, the previously set speed will be resumed automatically. If a set speed is to be increased or decreased slightly, e.g. to adapt to the traffic flow, retain switch in position 1 or 2 until the desired speed is reached. When the switch is released, the newly set speed remains. 3 Cancelling To cancel the cruise control, briefly push lever to position 3. The cruise control will also be cancelled if the brake pedal is actuated or if the vehicle speed drops below approximately 40 km/h/25 mph. 4 Resume If the lever is briefly pushed to position 4 when driving at a speed exceeding approximately 40 km/h/25 mph, that speed is resumed which was set prior to the cancellation of the cruise control. The last memorized speed is cancelled when the key in the steering lock is turned to position “ 1” or “0”. Important: Only use the cruise control if the traffic conditions make it advisable to travel at a steady speed. Position „Resume” should be engaged only if the driver is fully aware of the previously set speed and wishes to resume this particu lar preset speed. When driving with the cruise con trol, the selector lever must not be shifted to position “N” as otherwise the engine will overrev. For proper operation of the auto matic climate control system, keep the windows closed, the soft top up and the hardtop in place. The engine must be running for the ACC unit to work. Automatic Climate Control The air volume of movable nozzles (3) can be adjusted with levers (2). Levers (2) to center of car = open All push buttons and fan control buttons should be operated indivi dually. The indicator lamps in the individual buttons light up when pressed with the lighting switch in position 1 or 2. We recommend settings @ and 0 only, in connection with the desired fan setting. The following instructions explain the remaining settings. Heating, cooling and air distribution within the vehicle’s interior is auto matically controlled. Furthermore, settings are available for extreme weather conditions, enabling the defogging of the wind shield or air ventilation to top and bottom. This is accomplished with the temperature selector (4), the push buttons, and the fan switch (5). 21 > Automatic Climate Control Temperature Selection (° C) The interior temperature can be adjusted by turn ing the temperature selector wheel. The selected temperature is reached as quickly as possible and maintained. A basic setting of 22° C/72° F is recommended. In order to avoid undesirable tempera ture fluctuations, a set temperature should be read justed in small increments. To override the automatic climate control, turn the temperature selector wheel to either extreme end position “MAX” or “MIN”. “MIN” = Peak cooling performance, the system operates mostly with recirculated air and a small amount of fresh air is added. If the fan control is set to “AUTOM”, it will run continuously in speed No. 5. “MAX” = Maximum heating performance. If the fan control is set to “AUTOM”, it will run continuously in speed No. 5. 22 Fan Setting Selection for fan settings can be made as follows: Push upper button for maximum fan speed (6th speed). Push lower button for minimum fan speed (1st speed). Push middle button (spring loaded) for automatic control of air supply within 2nd through 5th fan speed range. Setting © = Always maximum fan speed. Functions (§> Off In this setting, the air fresh supply to the interior of the car is shut off, (to prevent entrance of odors, i.e. while driving through tunnels, etc. or to prevent the entrance of water from automatic car wash). Use this setting only temporarily while driving. @ Economy setting - Ventilation 0 Normal setting - Cooling @ Enonomy setting - Heating ^ Normal setting - Heating Automatic Climate Control @ EC (ECONOMY) = Economical setting; the air conditioning compressor stays off. In any other settings, the air conditioning compressor comes on with ambient temperatures above +2° C/ +36° F. We recommend this setting to be used with cool outside temperatures so that the air conditioning compressor stays off in order to save fuel. In the ventilation mode, air is emitted from inserts (1) and (3). In the heating mode, warm air is primarily supplied to the foot area. In addition, air will be channeled to the nozzles (3) and the doors. Only an amount of air sufficient to prevent fog build-up under normal climat ic conditions will be channeled to the windshield. In the heating mode, air will occasionally be channeled to the nozzles (1). With cold outside temperatures, the fresh air supply and the fan remain turned off until the engine coolant has warmed up slightly. 0 Normal Setting We recommend this setting with humid and warm outside temperatures. The setting © corresponds with setting @ but, in addition, the air can be cooled as necessary. 23 Automatic Climate Control @ Multi-Level ventilation - Heating 24 @ Multi-Level This setting is necessary for clearing a fogged wind shield. As soon as possible, reset to 0 or ^ . In the heating mode, air will be channeled to the windshield, the foot area, the nozzles (3) and to the doors; in the cooling mode, additionally to the nozzles (1). In the heating mode, warm air will be emitted periodically from the nozzles (1). ® Defrosting Automatic Climate Control @ Defrosting Independent of the position of the temperature selector wheel and the fan speed setting, maximum heated air will be channeled to the windshield and nozzles (3), for side window defrosting. Note: The air conditioner removes considerable moisture from the air during operation. It is normal if water drips on the ground through openings in the car floor. Various Equipment > Exterior Mirrors Driver’s side: The exterior mirror (2) can be adjusted from inside the vehicle by moving adjusting lever (1) in the desired direction. 26 Passenger side: Turn key in steering lock to position "1” Qr „2" The exterior mirror can be adjusted by means of the switch. Note: If the mirror housing has been for cibly moved from its normal posi tion, it must be repositioned by applying firm pressure. Inside Rear View Mirror The mirror can be tilted to the anti-glare night position by means of the lever at its lower edge. 1 = Normal position 2 = Anti-glare night position Sun Visors Swing sun visors down to protect against sun glare. If sunlight enters through the side window, disengage visor from inner mounting and swing to the side. Heated Rear Window With engine running, press rocker switch to right to turn on, to left to turn off. When the rear window heater is turned on, the indicator lamp in the switch comes on. Various Equipment A heavy load is imposed on the battery due to the high power requirement. For this reason, switch off the heated rear window as soon as it is demisted or defrosted. It is ( shut off automatically after a maxi mum of 20 minutes. Remove snow or ice from window before starting to drive. Shelf below Rear Window The shelf below the rear window should not be used to carry objects. This will prevent such objects from being thrown about and injuring vehicle occupants during an accident or sudden maneuver. 27 Various Equipment Lighter Turn key in steering lock to position “1” or “2”. Press in lighter; it will pop out auto' matically when hot. 28 3 2 1 Interior Lamps The switch for the front dome lamps has 3 positions. Position 1: the lamps are switched on and off (delayed) by the door contact switches. Position 2: lamps are switched off permanently. Position 3: lamps are switched on permanently. Power Windows The power windows can only be operated with the steering lock in position “2”. If possible, park vehicle in the shade as continuous exposure to sun rays can prematurely deterior ate. To lower or raise the soft top or to remove or attach the hardtop, find two locking handles in a bag stowed in the glove compartment. They are used to engage or dis engage locks (4). Put locking handles back into the glove com partment after use. Lowering the soft top: A wet or frozen top must not be folded, until thawed and dry. Open side windows or doors before raising or lowering the soft top. Soft Top 1. Unlock rear bow (2) and compartment cover (3) by rotat ing lever (1) to position C. Lever will automatically return to posi tion B. If the rear bow cannot be raised in this position, move lever (10) to position E. 2. Lift up rear bow as high as it will go. In doing this, be sure the rear window is folded inward free of kinks. 3. Open top storage compartment cover (3). 4. Disengage top framework at front by turning locks (4) inwards. Remove handle after turning lock. 29 < Soft Top > 5. Fold back soft top into its storage compartment (5). To avoid curling the edges of the soft top, tuck in so that the material is not stored with lifted edges. (6) under lock, (7) under the left and right hinge area, (8) at the left and right side area. 30 6. Close top storage compartment cover, making sure that both sides (9) are locked. Raising the soft top: 1. Rotate lever (1) to position C and open storage compartment cover (3). 2. Pull top out of compartment and rest top framework against windshield header bar. While pulling top down tighten framework by turning locks (4) outwards. Remove locking handles. Close storage compartment cover, making sure that both sides are latched. Rotate lever (10) to position D, fold down rear bow until pin locks in place, then tighten with crank (1) (position A).
Hardtop Removal of hardtop:
Removal or attachment of the hard top is best done in a MERCEDES BENZ service station, although this can be carried out by 2 persons. The soft top must be completely dry before it is placed in the stor age compartment. To remove or attach the hardtop, find two locking handles in a bag stowed in the glove compartment. They are used to engage or disengage the locks in windshield header bar and behind the doors (11). Put locking handles back into the glove compartment after use. The hardtop is secured at 5 attach ment points: Front = two locks in windshield header bar Side = one lock behind each door (11) Rear = bow lock 1. Disconnect plug and socket of the heated rear window in the R-H rear compartment. 2. Place lever (1) in position B, lever (10) in position E. 3. Turn side locks (11) rearwards to the stop with locking handles. 4. Insert locking handles into wind shield header bar locks and turn inwards. Remove locking handles. 5. With one person on each side, first lift at rear, then at front and carry top rearward off vehicle. 6. Return lever (1) to position A, lever (10) to position D. 31 <
Hardtop Attaching hardtop: 1. Move lever (1) to position B and lever (10) to position D. 2. Install hard top with caution to avoid paint damage. Lower hard top slowly. Engage rear pin first then forward pins. 32 3. Insert both locking handles into the forward locks and swing outwards. 4. Insert locking handles into side locks (11) and turn completely forward to the stop. 5. Move lever (1) to position A. 6. Connect plug and socket of the heated rear window in the R-H rear compartment. The soft top may become moldy if it is kept enclosed in the storage compartment for an extended period. Unfold and air it thoroughly (do not expose to the sun) at regular intervals during the wet and cold seasons.
Electronic Radio 1 On/Off switch ■»]«•JJj 8 Recessed button for setting 2 Volume control BiiUiua time B 3 Bass control P I 9 Function control button O 4 Treble control Q 10 Timer button B to control 5 Push buttons for AM/FM band switch-on time of radio selection, station frequency 11 Automatic or manual search selection, station presetting EQ station seeker bar B S ^ S flS through EZ3 and clock setting. 12 Time display call button D 6 Stereo indicator light 13 Cassette track switch and 7 Digital display panel for station track indicator frequency, station push button 14 Fast tape rewind locking number, AM/FM band and time button Ie e » i] display 15 Fast tape forward locking button |™ — <| Radio 16 Cassette eject button 17 Cassette door To turn the radio on or off, the ignition switch must be in position “1” or “2". To turn the radio ON Press “ON” side of M A.ua switch. The radio will begin operating on the last station tuned to and the last volume and tone setting stored before last turn off. The radio can also be turned on by inserting a tape cassette through the cassette door. To turn the radio OFF Press the “OFF’ side of the MM.H3 switch. Volume adjustment To reduce volume, press volume switch IZSB3 downward; to in crease volume, press switch liU liU U upward. 33 i Radio To adjust the tone characteristic To set the radio to a “flat” frequency response, briefly press both tone controls O B simultaneously. To produce more bass, press the bass control only n . To produce more treble, press the treble control only Q . Note: Repeated pressing of either the bass or treble control will cause the respective tone control to alternate between an increasing and decreasing setting. To select AM or FM Press any of the buttons marked 0 3 through S 3 to tune the radio to the FM band. Press any of the buttons marked EQ through EQ to tune the radio to the AM band. To tune to a station Stations can be tuned in by using automatic search, direct frequency dialing, manual tuning, or by preset push buttons. The frequency of the station selected is displayed digitally on the display panel. Automatic station search Switch to the wave band desired by pressing any of the following buttons: for FM, buttons EO through S 3 , for AM, buttons £ □ through QQ . By pressing the automatic station seeker bar Q Q X f f l upward the radio will search for stations in ascending frequencies, by pressing down in descending frequencies. The direction of automatic search ing can be reversed by pressing the bar in the respective direction. In order to arrive at a desired station faster, the bar has to be held down in the desired direction. The radio is programmed to automatically search the entire band in three sensitivity modes. During its first sweep, only the most powerful stations received will be selected and locked in. During the next sweep, the less powerful and during the third cycle, also the weak stations will be locked in. If the station seeker bar is activated within 8 seconds after the radio is tuned to a station, then the search operation will be continued at the same sensitivity level. If 8 seconds are exceeded, the radio will revert to searching only the most powerful stations. Direct frequency dialing In order to select a station with a known frequency, select the wave band, press the function button □ and then enter the frequency by pressing the corresponding push buttons. Example: FM 98.5 MHz AM 1050 KHz Press any button marked E E through E H m through EZ3 Press the function button Enter frequency by pressing m m et3 E E EZ3 S 3 EZ3 When dialing a frequency directly, the number of thd push buttons is not displayed on the panel. The wave band is indicated by showing “MHz” for FM or “KHz” for AM. Note: All AM stations have allocated frequencies ending with a “0”. All FM stations have allocated frequencies ending with an odd (uneven) digit after the decimal point. Broadcasters sometimes may not give their exact frequency but the next closest even number. US radio frequency ranges: AM 540 - 1600 KHz FM 88.1 - 107.9 MHz Radio Unless the automatic station seeker bar IQ Q 2 & B is activated within 8 seconds after pressing the function control button the manual tuning will automatically be deacti vated. Safety Note To avoid distraction of attention from the vehicle’s operation and the road, it is recommended NOT to perform any manual dialing operations by the driver while the vehicle is in motion. Use the automatic station search operation or preset stations instead. Push button tuning Six FM stations and four AM stations can be stored in memory and recalled by pressing the appropriate buttons marked E H through E H for FM or EZ3 through m for AM stations. To store stations in memory Manual tuning (used to fine tune a station or for manual scanning) After selecting the desired AM or FM wave band, press the function control button E3 • Press automatic station seeker bar (up or down) and hold down. The frequency will in crease or decrease respectively in increments of 0.1 MHz for FM or 1.0 KHz for AM. Release the button when the desired station is tuned in. Any FM station frequency displayed on the panel can be stored on any button marked E E through E H by depressing the button desired and holding it until the display has changed from the “old” setting to a “blank” and then to the new frequency to be stored. Radio Showing the “old” setting first allows for reconsideration of the decision to store. If it is desirable to leave the “old” frequency in memory rather than exchanging it Tape Cassette playback It is recommended to use only good quality cassettes with a playback time of not more than 60 to 90 minutes (C 60) or (C 90). Accordingly, for fast forward transport of the tape, press the fast forward button in ■ ! . When the radio is turned off by pressing the “OFF” side of the with the “new” one, quickly release To start playback, insert a cassette ON OFF I switch or by turning the the button. The “old” frequency will remain in memory. Any AM station can be stored similarly on any button marked EZ3 through EZ3 ■ Stereo reception The stereo indicator symbol ^^=l=t«l lights up if a stereo program is received. The radio is equipped with an automatic stereo/mono switch that electronically switches to mono for clear reception if a weak signal is received. A special circuit provides for a smooth change-over rather than a hard sudden switching, thereby reducing noise and interference. The stereo indicator will remain lit even if the receiver has changed to the mono mode and will turn off at an antenna signal considered insufficient to provide acceptable reception quality. 36 through the cassette door. Push the cassette in until it is locked in its playing position. When the end of one playing side is reached, the unit switches automatically to reverse for playing the second track. Manual reverse can be activated by depressing the cassette track switch button im it h i . The built-in indicators show the track of the cassette the unit is playing back. To stop playback, press the eject button It—« l . The unit will auto matically eject the cassette and switch to radio reception. For fast tape rewind press the fast rewind button ira ™ i . The button will lock into position until the end of the tape is reached or until the eject ir ^ » u or fast forward button is activated. ignition key off, the cassette will automatically be ejected. Care and maintenance To avoid a deterioration of the tone quality, occasionally clean the tape head with the special cleaner supplied in your glove compart ment or available through your dealer. To set clock Turn ignition key to position “ 1” or «2» Briefly press recessed time set button by using a pencil or ballpoint pen. Enter the time at which you want to start the clock by sequentially pressing four of the top row push buttons EE through EZ3 . The time entered will be displayed.
Note: This is a 24 hour clock and time must be entered in all four digits. A 24 hour clock counts time from midnight to midnight, that is 24 hours. A time of 4:28 PM therefore is counted by this clock as 16:28 hours (12 plus 4:28 hours). Example 1: To enter 7:30 AM, press buttons EZ3 > EZS > E D > EZ3 Example 2: To enter 4:28 PM, press buttons [Id , 3 3 > E D i E23 The time entered is now stored. To start the clock in accordance with a time signal or other time refer ence, again briefly press the recessed time set button A colon sign will appear between the second and third digits B B B 3 . to indicate that the clock is actived. Normally, the display panel will show the frequency the radio is tuned to. To display time Briefly press the call button D . The time will be displayed for a few seconds. To use the timer Q By using the tim erB J, the radio can be automatically turned on at a preset time. In order to set the timer Q , the ignition key must be in position “1” or “2”. The timer D i can only turn the radio on with the ignition switch in position “1” or “ 2” . Radio Setting the timer Press button Q and key the de sired turn-on time into the timer as explained under “setting of the clock.” In order to start the timer, for instance, to turn the radio on at a preset time, press button Q . The fact that the timer has been started is shown by displaying a colon bet ween the second and third digits of the time. Whenever you wish to verify the time at which the timer is set, press button B . The time will be dis played in the panel. After a few se conds, the display will switch back to the station frequency. In order to change the timer to a new setting, refer to the above information.
Radio * 9 5 6 4 38 Automatic Antenna The antenna switch can be actuated with the radio switched on and the key in steering lock positions “1” or «2» • If the antenna switch is in the center position, the antenna extends automatically to medium height, • if the antenna switch is engaged in the “max.” position, the anten na extends fully, • if the antenna switch is engaged in the “off” position, the antenna will not extend or will retract completely. The height of the antenna can be adjusted to any intermediate height by actuating the antenna switch: • If the antenna switch is in the center position, the antenna will extend to medium height. The antenna can be further extended or retracted to any height by rocking the switch (not engaging it). • If the antenna is to be retracted, e. g. for playing cassettes, en gage switch in “off” position. When the key is turned to steering lock position “0” or the radio is turned off, the antenna will retract completely. Driving 39
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Pull lever below L-H side of instru ment panel to unlock the hood. The hood opens to the safety catch stop. Pull lever in radiator grille as indicated by the arrow and lift hood (windshield wiper arms must not be folded out). To close, press down hood firmly. Warning: Stay clear of moving parts when hood is open and the engine is running. 40 The engine is equipped with a tran sistorized ignition system. Because of the high voltage it is highly dangerous to touch any com ponents (ignition coil, distributor, spark plug sockets, ignition cables, diagnostic socket) of the ignition system • if the ignition is “on” and the en gine reved manually • while starting the engine • with running engine Depress parking brake pedal (1). When the steering lock key is in position “2”, the brake warning lamp in the instrument cluster comes on. To release, pull release button (2) on the instrument panel. The park ing brake releases in one rapid movement. The parking brake warn ing lamp in the instrument cluster must go out.
Have the following items checked regularly and prior to any long trip 1 Fuel Supply Use unleaded gasoline, for octane rating see “Capacities” and last page. 2 Tire Pressure For tire pressure table refer to fuel filler flap or last page. Check at least every other week. For more details see “Wheels, Tires, Changing Wheels”.
/i 3 Oil/Ruid Level: Engine, Automatic Transmission See “Checking Fuels, Coolants, Lubri cants, etc.”, “Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants, etc.” and last page.
4 Coolant Level See “Checking Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants, etc.”, “Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants, etc.” and last page. 5 Brake Ruid When the minimum mark on the reservoir is reached, have the system checked (brake lining thickness, leaks). i 8598 6 Windshield Washer Replenish with windshield washer solvent (container is in the engine compartment). 7 Battery Replenish with distilled water only. See “Electrical System”. Vehicle Lighting Check for function and cleanliness.
Catalytic Converter Cautions Your MERCEDES-BENZ is equipped with monolithic catalytic converters, an important element in conjunc tion with the 02-sensor to achieve substantial control of the pollutants in the exhaust emissions. Keep your vehicle in proper operating condition by following our recom mended maintenance instructions as outlined in your maintenance booklet. Should any noticeable irregularities in the engine operation occur such as misfiring of one or more cylin ders, indicated by audible signs, excessive unburned fuel may reach the converter causing it to overheat. Continued operation of your vehicle can result in damage to the con verter. For the same reason we caution against: • Misuse or abuse of your vehicle engine • Refueling with leaded gasoline • Excessive idling with cold engine • Push or tow starting your vehicle with hot engine. As with any vehicle, do not idle, park or operate this vehicle in areas where combustible materials such as grass, hay or leaves can come into contact with a hot exhaust system, as these materials could be ignited. We urge your cooperation by fol lowing the above instructions to achieve cleaner air. Engage parking brake and move the gear selector lever in either “P” or “N” position before starting the engine. Turn key in steering lock to position “2”. The charge indicator lamp must come on. Cold Engine Turn key in steering lock clockwise to the stop. Do not depress accele rator. Release key only when the engine is firing regularly. At ambient temperatures of less than -18° C/0° F, depress accelerator three times prior to starting. Hot Engine Turn key in steering lock clockwise to the stop. Do not depress accele rator. If the engine has not fired after approx. 4 seconds, depress accelerator and continue cranking until the engine is firing regularly. Release key and back off accelera tor. Turning off Turn the key in the steering lock to position “0” and only remove the key when the vehicle is at standstill. If the coolant temperature is very high (e.g. after hard driving on mountain roads), do not shut off the engine immediately but allow it to run on for 1 -2 minutes at increased idle speed. Hints Due to the installed starter non repeat unit, the key in the steering lock must be returned to “0” position before a new starting attempt is made. Observe the oil pressure gauge immediately after starting the engine. In a very cold engine the oil pressure will only rise slowly, some time after the engine has started. Starting and Turning off the Engine Do not speed up the engine before pressure is registered on the pres sure gauge. The charge indicator lamp must go out as soon as the engine has started. Should too much fuel have entered the engine due to several un successful starting attempts and the engine will no longer fire, depress the accelerator while starting. In this way the mixture becomes combustible again. Back off the accelerator only when the engine is firing regularly. In areas where temperatures fre quently drop below -25° C/-13° F, we recommend that a block heater is installed. Every MERCEDES BENZ service station will advise you on this subject.
Starting and Shifting Gears The automatic transmission simpli fies the handling of the vehicle. The individual gears are shifted automa tically dependent upon selector lever position, vehicle speed and accelerator position. Hints When parking the vehicle or if working on the vehicle with the engine running, depress parking brake pedal and move selector lever to position “P”. Warning: Keep driver’s foot area clear at all times. Objects stored in this area may cause impairment of pedal movement. Driving Shift selector lever to the desired driving position only when the engine is idling and the service brake is applied. Do not release the brake until ready to drive. The vehicle may otherwise start creep ing when the selector lever is in a driving position. Test service brake after driving off. Warm up the engine smoothly. Do not place full load on the engine until the operating temperature has been reached. When taking off on a slippery surface, do not allow one driving wheel to spin for an extended period. Accelerator position Partial throttle = early upshifting = normal acceleration Full throttle = later upshifting = maximum acceleration Depressing the accelerator beyond full throttle to kickdown position means downshifting to the next lower gear and thus maximum acceleration. If you ease up on the accelerator after having attained the desired speed, the transmission will shift up again. Selector Lever Positions The automatic gear shifting process can be adapted to specific operat ing conditions by means of the selector lever. “P” Parking lock. The parking lock is an additional safeguard when parking the vehicle. Engage only with the car stopped. “R” Reverse gear. Shift reverse gear only with the car stopped. Neutral. No power is transmitted from the engine to the rear axle. When the brakes are released, the vehicle can be moved freely (pushed, towed or tow started). Do not engage “N” when driving except when the vehicle is in danger of skidding (e.g. on icy roads, see page 50). Drive. All forward gears are available. The vehicle starts off in 1st gear. Position “D” affords opti mum driving characteristics under all normal operating conditions. Upshift to 3rd gear only. OK for medium range up or downgrades. Upshift to 2nd gear only. For driving in mountainous regions. Since transmission will not shift up further, this gear selection will make use of the engine’s braking power. “B” In this position, the engine’s braking effect is utilized while descending steep or lengthy downgrades, especially with a trailer. Use this position only below 60 km/h/40 mph. Important! Do not exceed the speed limits for individual gear selections, which are correspondingly indicated by marks on the speedometer. Do not attempt downshifting to a lower gear unless the speedometer needle is below the speed-limit mark of that particular gear range. Over-rewing could otherwise result in damage to the engine. On slippery road surfaces, it is not recommended to downshift in order to obtain braking action. Starting and Shifting Gears Trailer Operation When proceeding on a hill, do not allow the engine RPM to drop off too low. Shift the gear selector well in advance, depending on the degree of incline or decline, to position “3” or “2”. Stopping When stopping, e.g. at a traffic light, hold vehicle with service brake while leaving the transmis sion engaged; do not hold vehicle by accelerating engine. This will help to avoid unnecessary heat buildup in transmission. For longer stops with the engine idling, shift into “N” or “P”. Maneuvering To maneuver in tight areas e.g. when pulling into a parking space, control the car speed by gradually releasing the service brake. Accelerate gently and do not pump the accelerator. To rock a car out of soft ground (mud or snow), alterna tely shift from forward to reverse, apply only partial throttle. Safe Driving Power assistance: When the engine is not running, both the service brake and the steering are without power assis tance. Under these circumstances, a much greater effort is necessary to steer or stop the vehicle. Tires: Do not allow your tires to wear down too far. With less than approx. 3 mm/Vs in of tread, the antiskid properties on a wet road are sharply reduced. Depending upon the weather and/ or road pavement, the traction varies widely. Specified tire pressures must be maintained. This applies particularly if the tires are subjected to high loads (e.g. high speeds, heavy loads, high ambient temperatures). Aquaplaning: Depending on the depth of the water layer on the road, aquaplan ing may occur, even at low speeds. Avoid track grooves in the road and apply brakes cautiously in the rain. Tire friction: A given speed at which a vehicle driven on dry roads can still be fully controlled must be reduced when the same vehicle is to be driven safely on a wet or icy road. You should pay particular attention to the condition of the road as soon as the prevailing temperatures fall close to the freezing point. If ice has formed on the road tire traction will be substantially reduced. Under such weather conditions, drive, steer and brake particularly carefully. We recommend M +S radial-ply tires for the cold season. On packed snow, they can reduce your stopping distance as compared with summer tires. Stopping distance, however, is nevertheless considerably greater than when the road is wet or dry. Brakes: When driving down long and steep declines, relieve the brakes by shifting into “B”, “3” or “2”. This prevents overheating of the brakes and reduces brake pad wear. After hard braking it is advisable to drive on for some time so the air stream will cool down the brakes faster. When driving in heavy rain for some time without applying the brakes, the first braking action may be somewhat reduced and increased pedal pressure may be necessary. For this reason, stay further away from vehicle in front. The condition of the parking brake Safe Driving Brake pad wear or a leak in the Brake Fluid system is checked each time the car is in the shop for maintenance. Between maintenance checks it is a good practice to apply the park ing brake once or twice while driving at approximately 50 km/h/ 30 mph on a dry road. Apply brake lightly until a slight drag on the wheels is felt. Keep applying brakes for about 10 seconds while pulling release knob out, then release parking brake completely. This practice will keep the parking brake at maximum efficiency. Warning: The stop lamps will not come on when applying the parking brake only. Apply parking brake only when road behind vehicle is clear of traffic. All checks and maintenance work on the brake system should be carried out by a MERCEDES-BENZ dealer. If the parking brake is released and the brake warning lamp in the instrument cluster stays on, the brake fluid level in the reservoir is too low. system may be the reason for low brake fluid in the reservoir. Have the brake system inspected at a MERCEDES-BENZ service station without delay. Install only brake pads recommen ded by us. If other than recommen ded brake pads are installed, the braking properties of the vehicle can be affected to an extent that the safety is substantially impaired. Brake Pad Wear Indicator Lamp The brake pad wear indicator lamp in the instrument cluster comes on when the key in the steering lock is turned to driving position “2 ” and it must go out when the engine is running. If the indicator lamp lights up during braking, this shows that the front wheel brake pads are worn. Have brake system checked in a MERCEDES-BENZ service station as soon as possible. Brake fluid should be changed once a year, preferably in spring. Only use brake fluid recommended by us. For further information, refer to “Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants, etc.”. Charge Indicator Lamp Should the charge indicator lamp fail to come on prior to starting when the ignition key is in position “2” or should it fail to go out after starting or during operation, this indicates a fault which must be re paired at a MERCEDES-BENZ service station as soon as possible. Fuel Reserve Warning Lamp The fuel reserve warning lamp will come on when the key in the steering lock is turned to position “2”, and will go out after the engine is running. If the warning lamp stays on after the engine starts, or comes on while driving, it indicates that the fuel level is down to the reserve quantity. 47 Safe Driving Oil Pressure Gauge The oil pressure may drop at idle speed to 0.3 bar/4.4 psi if the engine is at operating temperature. This will not jeopardize its operational reliability. Pressure must, however, rise immediately upon acceleration. The oil pressure gauge will not pro vide early warning of low oil level. Therefore, check oil level at regular intervals with the dipstick. Coolant Temperature Gauge Due to the pressurized cooling sys tem, the coolant only starts boiling at a temperature of approx. 125° C/ 257° F with an anti-corrosion/anti freeze-blended coolant fill protect ing down to —30° C/—22° F (see also “Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants, etc.”). During severe operating conditions and stop-and-go city traffic the coolant temperature must not rise above the red marking. 48 Emission Control Certain systems of the engine serve to keep the toxic com ponents of the exhaust gases within permissible limits required by law. (Nevertheless, we urgently advise you not to let the engine run in a closed garage.) These sys tems, of course, will function properly only when maintained strictly according to factory specifi cations. Any adjustments on the engine should, therefore, be carried out only by qualified MERCEDES BENZ technicians. The adjustments of the engine should not be altered in any way. Moreover, the specified service and maintenance jobs must be carried out regularly according to MERCEDES-BENZ servicing re quirements. For details refer to the Maintenance Booklet. Engine Oil Consumption Engine oil consumption can only be determined after a certain mileage has been covered. During the break-in period, higher oil con sumption may be noticed and is normal.
The First 1500 km/1000 Miles Driving Economically Special Operating Conditions
The more cautiously you treat your engine during the break-in period, the more satisfied you will be with its performance later on. Therefore, drive your vehicle during the first 1500 km/1000 miles at moderate vehicle and engine speeds. During this period, avoid heavy loads (full throttle driving) and high RPMs (no more than % of maximum permissible speed in each gear). Avoid accelerating by kickdown. It is not recommended to brake vehicle by means of manually shift ing to a lower gear. We recommend to select positions “3” or “2" only at moderate speeds (for hill driving). After 1500 km/1000 miles speeds may gradually be increased to the permissible maximum. Gauge for Economical Driving (ECONOMY) The gauge for economical driving indicates the fuel consumption ten dency during the various driving modes. If, while driving, the pointer travels to the right into the red field, this indicates an increase in the momentary fuel consumption. In order to drive economically you should try to keep the pointer of the gauge away from the red field in all gears, by avoiding hard acceleration as much as possible. Use selector lever position “D” while driving under all normal operating conditions. Using selector lever positions “3” or “2” can involve an increased consumption of between 25-80 %. Winter Driving Have your car winterized in a MERCEDES-BENZ service station before the onset of winter. • Engine oil change: If no “all year round” engine oil is used, fill with recommended winter oil. For viscosity and capacity refer to “Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants, etc.” and last page. • Anti-corrosion/antifreeze in the coolant: Check anti-corrosion/antifreeze protection periodically. For capacity refer to “Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants, etc.”. • Additive in the windshield washer system: Add windshield washer solvent to the water in the wind shield washer system. Special Operating Conditions • Test battery: Battery capacity drops with decreasing ambient temperature. A well charged battery ensures that the engine can always be started, even at low ambient temperatures. • Tires: We recommend M +S radial tires on all wheels for the winter season. Observe permis sible maximum speed for M-TS radial tires and the legal speed limit. Hints for Driving The most important rule for slippery or icy roads is to drive sensibly and to avoid abrupt acceleration, brak ing and steering action. Do not use the cruise control system under such conditions. When the vehicle is in danger of skidding, move selector lever to position “N”. Try to keep the vehicle under control by means of corrective steering action. Provided the traffic conditions will allow, only brake in a way that the wheels are locked for no more than fractions of a second as otherwise the steerability of the vehicle is lost. Road salts and chemicals can ad versely affect braking efficiency. Increased pedal force may become necessary to produce the normal brake effect. We therefore recom mend depressing the brake pedal repeatedly when travelling on salt strewn roads at length. This can bring road salt impaired braking efficiency back to normal. A pre requisite is, however, that this is possible without endangering other drivers on the road. If the vehicle is parked after being driven on salt treated roads, the braking efficiency should be tested as soon as possible after driving is resumed while adhering to the safety requirements. Tire Chains Use only tire chains that are tested and recommended by us. Any MERCEDES-BENZ sen/ice station will be glad to advise you on this subject. Chains should only be used on the rear wheels. Adhere to the manu facturer’s mounting instructions. Remove the wheel covers to mount and retighten chains. After driving a short distance retighten the mounted chains. Tire chains should only be driven on snow at speeds not to exceed 50 km/h/30 mph. Remove chains as soon as possible when driving on roads without snow. Traveling Abroad Abroad, there is a widely-spread MERCEDES-BENZ sen/ice network at your disposal. If you travel into areas which are not listed in the index of your service station booklet, you should request per tinent information from your dealer.
Vehicle Care 51 MERCEDES-BENZ Maintenance System A maintenance booklet is delivered with your car listing all the mainte nance jobs that must be carried out after the following mileages: Routine Maintenance Inspection at 1300-1600 km/800-1000 miles Lubrication Service every 12 000 km/7500 miles Maintenance Service every 24 000 km/15 000 miles Additional Work every 48 000 km/30 000 miles In the case of low mileage opera tion, the Maintenance Service must be carried out at least once every 2 years. Engine Oil and Filter Change Required every 12 000 km/ 7500 miles, or at least once a year when using year-round multigrade oil; otherwise at least twice a year (spring and fall). For engine oil recommendations, see page 76. 52 Severe Operating Conditions In the case of severe operating conditions or heavy use mainly in city traffic or over short distances, frequent mountain driving, poor roads, dusty and muddy conditions, trailer operation, hard and sporty driving etc., it may be necessary to carry out maintenance work at shorter than normal intervals, e.g.: Engine: Oil change with filter change every 6000 km/3750 miles Automatic transmission: Fluid change without filter change every 24 000 km/15 000 miles Tires: Inspect Air cleaner: Clean or renew element Non-scheduled MB Maintenance Service Every 24 000 km/15 000 miles Maintenance Service consists of 3 sections (General and Lubrication Service, Engine Maintenance, Safety Inspection). Performance of these sections can be requested individually if particular driving conditions so require, or on a precautionary basis before leaving for a long trip. Special Maintenance Measures Brake fluid should be renewed annually, preferably in spring. The coolant should be checked for sufficient protection before the start of and during the cold season. Have the coolant (water/anti corrosion/antifreeze mixture) renewed not later than after three years (see “Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants, etc.”). Maintenance Vouchers Your MERCEDES-BENZ service station will certify in the mainte nance booklet that all lubrication and maintenance services have been carried out at the correct intervals. Stickers to remind you when the next lubrication service or mainte nance service is due, or when the brake fluid must be changed, are provided in the middle of the main tenance booklet. Sticker attaching points In the frame of the driver’s door: Lubrication service and mainte nance service In the engine compartment: Brake fluid change
Spare Parts Service Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle
All MERCEDES-BENZ service stations maintain a stock of original spare parts required for main tenance and repair work. In addition, strategically located parts distribution centers provide quick and reliable parts service. More than 200000 different spare parts, even for rather old vehicle models, are available. MERCEDES-BENZ original spare parts are subjected to most severe quality inspections. Each part has been specifically developed, manu factured or selected for and adap ted to MERCEDES-BENZ vehicles. Therefore, MERCEDES-BENZ original spare parts should be in stalled. In operation, your vehicle is subjec ted to a great amount of varying external influences which, if gone unchecked, can attack the paint work as well as the underbody and cause lasting damage. Such damage is caused not only by extreme and varying climatic conditions, but also by air pollution, road salt, tar, gravel and stone chipping. Grease and oil, fuel, cool ant, brake fluid, bird droppings, tree resins, etc. should be immediately removed to avoid paint damage. Frequent washing, however, re duces and/or eliminates the aggressiveness and potency of the above adverse influences. More frequent washings are neces sary to deal with unfavorable condi tions; for example, near the ocean, in industrial areas (smoke, exhaust emissions), or during winter opera tion. You should check over your vehicle from time to time for stone chipping or other damage. Any damage should be repaired as soon as pos sible to prevent the start of corro sion. In doing so, do not neglect the underside of the car. A prerequisite for a thorough check is a washing of the underbody followed by a tho rough inspection. Damaged areas need to be re-undercoated. Your vehicle has been treated at the factory with a wax-base rust proofing in the body cavities which will last for the lifetime of the vehicle. Post-production treatment is neither necessary nor recom mended by MERCEDES-BENZ because of the possibility of incom patibility between materials used in the production process and others applied later. After every engine cleaning you should have the engine compart ment re-rustproofed. Before rust proofing, all control linkage bushings have to be lubricated with hydraulic oil (check with your local MERCEDES-BENZ dealership for recommended brands). We have selected car-care pro ducts and compiled recommenda tions which are specially matched to our vehicles and which always 53
Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle reflect the newest in technological standing. You can obtain MB car care products at every MERCEDES BENZ service station. Scratches, corrosive deposits, cor rosion or damage due to negligent or incorrect care cannot always be removed with the car-care products recommended here. In such cases it is best to seek aid at your MERCEDES-BENZ service station. The following topics deal with the cleaning and care of your vehicle and give important “how-to” infor mation as well as references to recommended MB car-care pro ducts. Car Washing Before washing your vehicle, re move insect residues. The car should not be washed in the sun. Use only a mild car wash deter gent, such as MB auto shampoo. Thoroughly spray the car with a dif fused jet of water. Direct only a very weak spray towards the venti lation intake. Use plenty of water and rinse the sponge and chamois frequently. Rinse with clear water and thoroughly wipe dry with a chamois. If the vehicle has been run through an automatic car wash - in parti cular one of the older installations rewipe the recessed sections provi ded in the tail lamps (for improved prevention of soiling) if necessary. No solvents (fuels, thinners etc.) must be used. In the winter, thoroughly remove all traces of road salt as soon as pos sible. When washing the car underbody, do not forget to clean the inner sides of the wheels. Tar Stains Quickly remove tar stains before they dry and become more difficult to remove. Window Cleaning Use a window cleaning solution on very dirty or oil-stained windows. Clean windshield wiper blades with a clean cloth and detergent solu tion. Replace blades at least once or twice a year. Use only mild de tergent on the soft top windows. Plastic Parts, Headliner, Rubber Parts and MB-Tex Upholstery Covers Do not use oil or wax on these parts. Seat Belts The webbing must not be treated with chemical cleaning agents. Use only clear, lukewarm water and soap. Do not dry the webbing at temperatures above 80° C/176° F or in direct sunlight. Never bleach or re-dye the webbing. Steering Wheel, Instrument Cluster and Selector Lever Use a gentle dish-washing deter gent or mild detergent for delicate fabrics as a washing solution. Wipe with a cloth moistened in lukewarm solution. Do not use scouring agents.
Upholstery Leather: Wipe leather upholstery with a damp cloth and dry tho roughly. Exercise particular care when cleaning perforated leather as its underside should not become wet. Paintwork Do not apply wax if your car is parked in the sun or if the hood is still hot. For maximum protection, the paintwork should be waxed approximately once every three months. Use the appropriate MERCEDES-BENZ Touch-Up Stick for quick and provisional repairs of minor paint damage. Light Alloy Wheels If possible, clean wheels once a week with lukewarm water and autoshampoo (or MB Cleaner/ Preserver). Use an ample supply of water. To remove stubborn marks, use polish or paint cleaner and apply with buffing cloth or a soft cloth. Ornamental Moldings (Chrome-Plated, Aluminium) For regular cleaning and care of very dirty chrome-plated parts, use a chrome cleaner. Soft Top Stow only a completely dry top in the storage compartment. If the top is kept in the storage compartment for a lengthy period, unfold and air it well with the windows down from time to time. Remove bird droppings immedia tely. The organic acid damages the material and causes the top to leak. In general, regular spraying or cleansing with clear water will do. Wash top only when heavily soiled, not every time the car is washed. Caution: Never use any gasoline, thinner, tar and stain removers or similar organic solvents to clean top or rear window. Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle Dry cleaning: Brush top (always from front to rear) with a soft-bristled brush. Wet cleaning: Brush the dry top. Wash with a mild detergent and an ample supply of lukewarm water by wiping with a soft-bristled brush or a sponge from front to rear. Then cleanse thoroughly with clear water. If only parts of the top have been washed, wet the entire top at the end of the proceedings and allow the unfolded and tightened top to air-dry. Wipe the rear window with a cloth soaked with a detergent and rub dry. Do not use sharp-edged instruments for the removal of ice and snow.
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Practical Hints Luggage or Ski Racks We recommend the use of drip rail mounted ski and roof racks. This type of rack does not require additional supports (suction cups or legs). Such supports may lead to marring of the paint or even denting of the roof if excessive weight is placed on the rack. Your MERCEDES-BENZ dealer can give further advice. Ash tray Removal of ash tray: Pull out ash tray up to the stop. Depress center locking spring (1) and remove ash tray. To install ash tray: Position ash tray squarely and push in. 58 Spare Wheel, Jack, Vehicle Tool Kit The spare wheel (1) is stored in a compartment below a hinged cover (2) in the trunk floor. To raise cover, roll back the floor mat and engage holding strap (3) in the trunk lid. Open cover (4) by turning latch (5) fully to the left. Practical Hints Wheels Tires Changing Wheels Wheels, Tires In case of replacement we recom mend you use tires and rims of identical design, version and brand. See any MERCEDES-BENZ service station for information on tested and recommended wheels and tires for summer and winter operation. They will also offer more advice con cerning tire service and purchase. Front tires should be replaced in sets. If possible, the spare tire should be used on the rear wheels. We recommend that you break in For tire specifications, refer to "Technical Data”. Rotating wheels: The wheels can be rotated according to the degree of tire wear while retaining the same sense of rotation. Rotating, how ever, should be carried out before the characteristic tire wear pattern (shoulder wear on front wheels and tread center wear on rear wheels) becomes visible at a mileage of 5000-10 000 km/3000-6000 miles as otherwise the driving properties
The jack (6) and tool kit are located behind cover (4). Caution: Use the jack only to lift the vehicle during a tire change. Never get beneath the vehicle while it is supported only by the jack. Use jack stands to work under the car. new tires for approx. 100 km/ 60 miles at moderate speed. After a wheel change it is impera tive that the wheel mounting bolts be retightened after approx. 800 km/500 miles. On new vehicles retightening is carried out in the course of the 1st inspection. Retightening is also necessary when new wheels are fitted at a later date, e. g. when the spare wheel is used for the first time or when a new set of wheels with M +S tires is fitted. deteriorate. Slowly leaking air (e.g. due to a nail in the tire) may cause damage to the tire such as tread separation. Regular tire pressure checks at intervals of no more than 14 days are therefore essential. For the tire pressure checks, keep in mind that hot tires show higher pressure than cold tires. See tire pressure chart on last page. 59
Wheels Tires Changing Wheels Should the tire pressure decrease constantly, check whether foreign objects have penetrated the tire or if the rim or valve allows air to leak. Thoroughly clean the inner side of the wheels any time you rotate the wheels or wash the vehicle’s underside. Dented or bent rims cause tire pressure loss and damage to the tire beads. For this reason, check rims for damage at regular intervals. The rim flanges must be checked for wear before a tire is mounted. Remove burrs, if there are any. >1. Set parking brake. Changing Wheels 2. Move selector lever to position “P”. 5. 3. Prevent vehicle from rolling away by blocking wheels with wheel chocks: When changing a wheel on a hill, place chocks behind each wheel of the axle opposite 6. to the axle to be worked on; wheel that is diagonally opposite to the wheel being changed. Using the combination wrench, loosen but do not yet remove the wheel bolts. Clean jack supporting tube, if necessary. (Jack tubes are behind the front wheel housings and in front of the rear wheel housings.) Insert jack arm fully into the tube hole up to the stop. Position the jack so that it will always be ver tical as seen from the side, even on inclines. Jack up the vehicle until the wheel is clear off the ground. 7. Then unscrew wheel bolts completely. Keep bolt threads protected from dirt and sand. While removing last bolt, hold wheel against axle to avoid paint damage on rim. 8. Remove wheel. 9. Adjust the jack to allow the wheel to be slipped on without being lifted. 10. Slip on spare wheel and press against wheel mounting flange. Screw in wheel bolts. To avoid paint damage, place wheel flat against hub and hold it there while installing first wheel bolt. 11. Lower car and remove jack. Tighten the five bolts evenly by tightening every other bolt until all the bolts are tight. Observe a tightening torque of 110 Nm/ 80 Ib-ft. 12. Correct tire pressure. 60 on a level road, place one chock in front and one behind of the
Wheels Tires Changing Wheels Checking Fuels Coolants Lubricants etc. Tire Inflation Pressure A table (see fuel filler flap or last page) lists the tire inflation pres sures specified for summer and winter tires as well as for the varying operating conditions. Important! The vehicle should be parked on level ground and the oil level must be somewhere between the lower and the upper mark on dipstick (1); do not add in excess of the upper mark.
Tire pressure differs by approx. 0.1 bar/1.5 psi per 10° C/18° F of air temperature change. Keep this in mind when checking tire pres sure inside a garage - especially in the winter. Example: Room temperature = approx. +20° C/+68° F Ambient temperature = approx. 0° C/+32° F Adjusted air pressure = specified air pressure +0.2 bar/3 psi. Tire temperature and pressure increase with the vehicle speed. Tire pressure should therefore only be corrected on cold tires. Correct tire pressure in hot tires only if pressure has dropped below the data listed in the table and the respective operating conditions are taken into consideration. Engine Oil Level Check 1 Dipstick 2 Oil filler cap Check engine oil level at regular intervals, after refueling, with the engine at operating temperature and shut off. Wipe dipstick before any oil level measurement. To determine the oil level, check both sides of the dip stick. Always determine an accurate oil level by means of the straight horizontal marking formed by the oil on one side of the dipstick. For viscosity and capacity, see “Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants, etc.” and last page. 61
Checking Fuels Coolants Lubricants etc. Checking Coolant Level The coolant reservoir with filler neck is arranged away from the radiator. To add coolant, the car must be on level ground. Warning: Do not remove pressure cap on coolant reservoir if engine tempera ture is above 90° C/194° F. Allow engine to cool down before remov ing cap. The coolant reservoir contains hot water and is under pressure. If a small amount of coolant has to be added (due to evaporation of water), plain water can be used. If a larger quantity of coolant has to be added, a 50/50 mixture of water and anti-corrosion/antifreeze should be used: The coolant level must reach: • the mark indicated on the reser voir when the coolant is cold • approximately 2 cm/0.8 in higher when the coolant is hot The drain plugs are situated on the
> 1 Coolant Filler 2 Marking for coolant level 62 Using a rag, turn cap to first notch to relieve excess pressure. If opened immediately, hot scalding fluid and steam will be blown out under pressure. R-H and L-H engine side and on the radiator bottom.
Checking Fuels Coolants Lubricants etc.
Automatic Transmission Fluid Level At regular intervals and prior to a long trip, check automatic transmis sion fluid level and engine oil level. Check transmission fluid level with the engine idling, parking brake engaged and selector lever in posi tion “P”. The vehicle must be parked on level ground. Prior to the check, allow engine to idle for approx. 1 to 2 minutes. Measure fluid level with the dipstick completely inserted and the locking lever released (1). Extreme cleanliness must be observed! To wipe the dipstick, use a clean, lintfree cloth. To fill the transmission with fluid, only pour it through a fine-mesh filter into the dipstick opening. Even the slightest impurity may cause operational troubles. The fluid level in the transmission is dependent upon its temperature. The maximum and minimum fluid level marks on the dipstick are applicable references only if the transmission fluid has reached its normal operating temperature of 80° C/176° F. If the transmission fluid cools down to 20-30° C/68- 86° F, which is the normal shop temperature range, then the maximum fluid level will be approximately 5 mm/0.2 in below the minimum mark on the dipstick. We stress this point because a fluid change is normally performed when the transmission fluid has cooled down to shop temperature. The fluid level must not exceed the dipstick maximum mark with the fluid at operating temperature. Drain or siphon off excess fluid, if requi red. Then push dipstick all the way in and swing locking lever down wards (2). 63 Electrical System Headlamp Adjustment Correct headlamp adjustment is extremely important. Check and readjust headlamps at regular inter vals and invariably when a lamp has been replaced. Replacing Bulbs To remove, push the bulb in and turn to the left, then lift the bulb out. To install, grip the bulb with a paper tissue or similar cloth, align the pins on the base of the bulb with the grooves in the bulb socket, push in lightly and turn to the right until the stop is felt. Install only 12 volt bulbs with the specified watt rating. 64 Front Lamps 1 Cover 2 Securing screws for cover 3 Horizontal adjusting screws 4 Vertical adjusting screws 5 High and low beam sealed beam unit (Sealed-beam/ Halogen) type 2: Loosen clamping screws (8), remove retaining ring and unit, disconnect plug and socket on unit. 6 High beam sealed-beam unit (Sealed-beam/Halogen) type 1: Loosen clamping screws (9), remove retaining ring and unit, disconnect plug and socket on unit. 7 Side marker lamp (4 W/2 cp): Remove unit (5), loosen clamp ing screw (10) and detach lamp holder. Depress bulb, turn left and pull out. 13 Bulb for turn signal, clearance and standing lamps 21/5 W/ 32/3 cp: The lamps are located below the bumper. Loosen securing screws (11) and remove lens (12). Depress bulb (13), turn left and pull out. When replacing the lens, it must be ensured that the lug in the lens is at the bottom. 14 Bulb for fog lamp (H3): Loosen securing screws (15) and remove housing. Detach holding spring (16), remove bulb (14) and discon nect plug (17). Electrical System Tail Lamp Assembly Remove both knurled nuts in the trunk and pull off lens assembly. To replace the bulbs, depress, turn left and pull out. 1 Backup lamp (21 W/32 cp) 2 Stop lamp (21 W/32 cp) 3 Tail, parking and standing lamp (10 W festoon lamp) 4 Turn signal lamp (21 W/32 cp) side marker lamp (5 W festoon lamp) 65
Electrical System License Plate Lamps (5 W festoon lamp) Loosen both the securing screws (1) of the lamp, detach lens with gasket (2) and pull down lamp hol der (3) on the L-H side. When replacing the lens, it must be assured that the lug in the lens is on the L-H side. 66 Footwell Lamps (10 W festoon lamp) Press off lamp (1) at the nose (2), replace bulb and press lamp on again. Dome Lamps (5 W festoon lamp) To replace the bulb, carefully pry loose the dome lamp lens by inserting a small screwdriver blade into the slot at one of the lens edges and pulling out the lens.
Electrical System Glove Compartment Lamp Trunk Lamp (5 W/3 cp) (5 W festoon lamp) The trun^ |amp (-j) js eaSj|y To replace the bulb, pull out lamp. accessible when the trunk lid (2) is opened. To replace the bulb, depress, turn counterclockwise and take it out. 67
Electrical System Fuses The fuse box (1) is accommodated in the R-H side floor space. A table in the fuse box cover (2) depicts all the protected electrical units. Fuses must not be repaired or bridged. Spare fuses for emergencies (observe amperage and color) are stored with the tools. Diagnose the cause of a short cir cuit before replacing a burned-out fuse. Battery The battery is located in the trunk. Check fluid level in each cell approximately every four weeks, and more frequently during the summer and in hot climates. Refill battery only with distilled water. Do not use metal funnels nor push through the overfill-protection diaphragms in filler holes. The battery is completely filled when the water stops draining through the overfill-protection diaphragm. To check the battery charge with a hydrometer, push its tip through the overfill-protection diaphragm and take the electrolyte sample. Coat battery terminal clamps with acidproof grease. Keep battery clean and dry. Only tow vehicle with the battery connected. Only charge battery with a battery charger when it is disconnected from the vehicle electrical circuit. Caution: While the engine is running the bat tery terminal clamps must not be loosened or detached as otherwise the alternator and other electronic units would be damaged. Spark Plugs This vehicle is equipped with spark plugs as required for driving in the USA. Should additional information be necessary, your MERCEDES BENZ dealer will be happy to offer advice. Towing eyes are situated under neath the R-H front and rear end. Use a solid towing link such as a towbar. Only tow-start vehicle with the bat tery connected and the key in steering lock position “2”. Warning: When the engine is not running, both the service brake and the steering are without power assis tance. Under these circumstances, a much greater effort is necessary to steer or stop the vehicle. Emergency Engine Start (Tow-starting) The engine must be cold if it is to be started by towing or pushing the vehicle. Never start a hot engine by towing or pushing the vehicle as the catalysts might otherwise suffer damage. Move selector lever to position “N”. Turn key in steering lock to position “2” and have vehicle towed. To start the engine, move selector lever to “2”. Only touch the accele rator when the engine is turning. As soon as the engine has started, quickly return selector lever to “N”. If the engine fails to fire within a few seconds, return the selector lever from “2” to “N" as otherwise the transmission may be damaged. For another starting attempt, tow car again for a short while with the selector lever in position “N” and then repeat starting procedure. The same procedure may be used for starting the engine while rolling downhill. Tow-starting and Towing the Vehicle Towing the Vehicle The vehicle may be towed with all of the wheels on the ground and the selector lever in position “N” for distances up to 120 km/75 miles and at a speed not to exceed 50 km/h/30 mph. To positively avoid a possibility of damage to the transmission, how ever, we recommend to disconnect the drive shaft at the rear axle drive flange on any towing beyond a short tow to a nearby garage. Towing by lifting the front wheels is not recommended, since damage to the underside of the vehicle may occur. Towing on a “dolly” with the rear wheels lifted is preferred. Attach T hooks to the tie-down slots. Po sition a 4 ft long, 4 in x 4 in piece of wood under the bumper, behind the exhaust pipe. Position the towbar at the lower edge of the bumper.
Jump Starting Unlocking of the Filler Rap
If the battery is discharged the engine can be started with jumper cables (minimum cable cross sec tion is 35 mm2) and the (12 V) battery of another vehicle. Proceed as follows: 1. Turn key to steering lock position “0”. 2. First connect jumper cables to the positive battery terminals and then to the negative termi nals. 3. Start and run engine of jumper vehicle at high idle. 4. Start engine of the disabled vehicle in the usual manner. 5. After the engine has started, first remove jumper cables from the negative battery terminals and then from the positive ter minals. 70 Instructions: A discharged battery can freeze at approx. -10° C/ +14° F. In all cases it must be thawed out before jum per cables are used. Never lean over batteries while jump starting, you might get burned. Warning Battery fluid contains sulfuric acid. Do not allow this fluid to come in contact with eyes, skin, or clothing. In case it does, immediately flush affected area with water. A battery will also produce hydro gen gas, which is flammable and explosive. Keep flames or sparks away from battery, i.e. improper connection of jumper cables, ciga rette smoking, etc. \*£& 'Cn If the central locking system does not release the fuel filler flap auto matically, pull down right trunk panel slightly and pull back the connecting rod between the vacuum element and door tab.
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Identification Plates When ordering spare parts, please quote chassis and engine numbers. 1 Certification Tag (left door pillar) 3 Chassis No. 7 2 Identification Tag (left window 4 Body No. and Paintwork No. 8 post) 5 Engine No. 72 Information Tag California version Vacuum line routing for emission control system Emission Control Tag Emission Control Tag Catalyst Information Vehicle Data Cards Warranty Coverage Your car is covered under the terms of the “warranties” printed in the Owner’s Service and Warranty Policy Booklet and your dealer will exchange or repair any defective parts in accordance with the terms of the following warranties: 1. New vehicle limited warranty 2. Emission systems warranty 3. Emission performance warranty Loss of Owner’s Service and Warranty Policy Should you lose your Owner’s Service and Warranty Policy Booklet, have your local MB dealer arrange for a replacement. It will be mailed to you.
9073 The vehicle data cards bear all the important data relating to your vehicle. Data card No. 1 bears the key number and should never be left in the vehicle. Submit this card to your MERCEDES-BENZ service station to request a replacement key in case of loss. Data card No. 2 bears no key data and is kept in the Maintenance Booklet. Presenting this card to the service station will facilitate the pro cessing of the order. 4. California emission control sys tems warranty (state of California only unless purchased optionally for diesel models) 4 73
Technical Data Chassis.......................................... 380 SL (107 045) Engine Engine ........................................................................116 Mode of operation............................. 4-stroke engine, gasoline injection No. of cylinders .......................................................... 8 Bore ................................................... 88.0 mm/3.46 in Stroke ................................................ 78.9 mm/3.10 in Total piston displacement .......... 3839 cm3/234.3 in3 Compression ratio......................................................8.3 Output according to S A E 116 kW/4750 rpm/ 155 net-bhp/4750 rpm Rring order ......................................1 -5 -4 -8 -6 -3 -7 -2 74 V-belts: Water pump - fan - power steering pump 2 V-belts ................................................ 9.5 x 1100 mm Alternator .............................................. 9.5 x 990 mm Air conditioning 12.5x 920 mm Air pu m p ................................................ 9.5 x 750 mm Transmission Design ...........................Automatic four-speed torque-converter transmission Steering System Design ...................................................Power steering Electrical System Alternator ....................................................... 14V/70A Starter m otor.............................................. 12 V/1.5 kW Battery........................................................ 12 V/88 Ah Spark p lu g s ......................................... see “last page”
Rims - Tires Technical Data Main Dimensions
Rims (forged light alloy rims) 6V2 J x 14 H 2 Summer tires: Radial-ply tires 205/70 R 14 93 H Winter tires: Radial-ply tires 205/70 R 14 93 Q M+S 205/70 R 14 93 T M+S Weights See certification tag Overall vehicle length Overall vehicle width Overall height, Roadster................... H ardtop.................... Wheel base .............. Track, fro n t............... Track, rear ............... . 4580 mm/180.3 in 1790 mm/ 70.5 in . 1300 mm/ 51.2 in . 1290 mm/ 50.8 in . 2460 mm/ 96.9 in . 1452 mm/ 57.2 in . 1440 mm/ 56.7 in i 75
Fuels Coolants Lubricants etc. Capacities
Vehicle components and their respective lubricants must match. Therefore use only brands tested and recommended by us. Enquire at your MERCEDES-BENZ service station.
Capacity Fuels, coolants, lubricants, etc. Recommended engine oil Ambient temp. SAE grades Total oil capacity in
case of engine oil and filter change 8.0 1/8.5 US qt * 5 0 — + 32 — + 23 + 1 4 ----- + 5 — — +10 0 - 5 10 15 -20
Automatic transmission 76 Initial fill: 8.6 1/9.1 US qt Fluid change: 7.7 1/8.1 US qt (8) 1 SAE 40 may be used if ambient temperatures constantly exceed + 30° C /+ 86° F. Automatic transmission fluid for automatic transmission2 2 Any MERCEDES-BENZ service station will advise \/rw i r>n r o r n m m o n H o H h r a n H c
Fuels Coolants Lubricants etc. Capacities Capacity Fuels, coolants, lubricants, etc. Rear axle 1.3 1/1.4 US qt Hypoid gear oil SAE 90, 85 W 90' Accelerator control linkage Hydraulic fluid Power steering 1.4 1/1.5 US qt Automatic transmission fluid for power steering' Front wheel hubs approx. 70 g each/2.5 oz. each High temperature roller bearing grease Grease nipples Multipurpose or lubrication grease Door locks Powdered graphite Battery terminals Bosch special grease Brake reservoir approximately 0.5 I/O.5 US qt Brake fluid' Windshield washer system approximately 5.0 I/5.3 US qt Windshield washer solvent
Fuel tank including a reserve of approximately 85 I/22.5 US gal approximately 11.5 I/3.0 US gal Unleaded gasoline: Average Octane of Research and Motor 87 (RON of 91)
Cooling system 12.5 1/13.2 US qt Coolant' 1 Any MERCEDES-BENZ service station will advise you on recommended brands.
Brake Fluid During the course of the operation of the vehicle, the boiling point of the brake fluid is continuously being reduced through the absorption of moisture from the atmosphere. Under extremely hard operating conditions, this moisture content can lead to the formation of vapor in the system thus reducing the system’s efficiency. The brake fluid must therefore be replaced annual ly, preferably in the spring. It is re commended to use only brake fluid approved by MERCEDES-BENZ. Your MERCEDES-BENZ dealer will provide you with additional infor mation. > Fuels Coolants Lubricants etc. Engine Oils Engine oils are specifically tested for their suitability in our engines. Therefore, use only engine oils recommended by us. Information on recommended brands is avail able at any MERCEDES-BENZ ser vice station. On a new vehicle, the engine is filled with an initial operation oil in the factory. This oil is specially developed for the specific operating conditions during the first 1300- 1600 km/800-1000 miles. A recommended engine oil may be used for topping up if the oil level drops to the dipstick minimum mark prior to the first service 1300-1600 km/800-1000 miles.
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