After I swapped to M1 ATF for PS fluid, the steering was a tad easier. The stinky part was gasket on the lid evidently didn't like the M1 and it began to seep a tad and I didn't notice it until I lifted the hood to check the oil one day and everything was wicked dust caked (desert, remember...we are at 103 days without rain). I need to get some gasket material and make a new one.

By the way....are you all settled and back to the daily grind Johnny B?

Bob Rentfro

----- Original Message ----- From: "John Berryman" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Mercedes Discussion List" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2006 3:52 PM
Subject: Re: [MBZ] I guess everyone else is as busy as I was

On Sunday, January 29, 2006, at 05:19 PM, Kaleb C. Striplin wrote:

Replaced the fan clutch and belt tensioner on my SDL today.

No but yesterday I switched the 190D over to Amsoil sytnthetic tranny
fluid and changed the filter. Swapped the PS fluid to Amsoil tranny
fluid using the dilution method (pull the filter and change the fluid
in the reservoir 4-5 times after driving a bit between changes) and
changed the filter too.
The fluid that came out of the PS was thick in comparison to the
Amsoil stuff. It looked like it started out life as a clear fluid but
was pretty dirty. Kinda grey with the usual aluminum /metallic swirl.
There is definitely less effort required to turn the wheel after the
changeover. I've had this happen numerous times when changing PS fluid
even when I used plain old Dexron III w/Mercron rather than Mobil 1 or
Amsoil. My wagon when I first got it used to bind a little when it was
way cold, like 10-25 below 0  F. Changing to synthetic fluid cured
that. I can't really tell any difference between the Amsoil and Mobil 1
but I can tell you that both brands improve tranny feel as well as
steering input. The Amsoil fluid is supposed to be good up to
100,000mi. What's Mobil's claim for longevity on their synthetic tranny

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am
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