Don’t Fear the Mercedes: Air Filter Replacement

Is Mercedes-Benz maintenance a scary topic? It shouldn’t be!

Apparently, the air filters on the OM642 in my Mercedes-Benz R320 CDI had never been replaced. This is especially bad when you consider that this vehicle has over 150,000 miles on it! It doesn’t matter how well a machine is engineered, maintenance is required! The air filter positions on the sides of the engine probably scared the previous owners from even trying.

Right Side Air Filter

Ugh! Try not to vomit when you see this!

Left Side Air Filter

The left side wan’t any better!

These air filters were in worse shape than any I’ve ever seen. They were so filled with junk that the areas between the pleats were actually filled in!

In the video below, I start the Don’t Fear the Mercedes series, showing how to access and remove the housings for filter replacement.

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May the Lord bless you and keep you running on all cylinders!

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