I like that answer.  Sort of mimics my own line of thinking.

On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 4:35 PM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

> I don't see how the spheres could turn the oil black while I do see how
> the engine oil could.
>
> -Curt
>
>
>       From: Andrew Strasfogel <astrasfo...@gmail.com>
>  To: Mercedes Discussion List <mercedes@okiebenz.com>; Curt Raymond <
> curtlud...@yahoo.com>
>  Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 4:33 PM
>  Subject: Re: [MBZ] Sudden loss of mystery oil in W123 300TD wagon
>
> This is a chicken and egg kind of thing. Did the SLS pump fail, sending
> oil through the system that damaged the spheres? If so, did this the flex
> hose to rupture? On the other hand, if the spheres were already defective,
> could this somehow have led to contamination of the SLS fluid, turning it
> black? Inquiring minds want to know.
>
> On Aug 31, 2015 4:28 PM, "Curt Raymond via Mercedes" <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
>
> I wonder if engine oil in the SLS fluid would damage the spheres.
> -Curt
>       From: Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
>  To: Mercedes Discussion List <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> Cc: Andrew Strasfogel <astrasfo...@gmail.com>; Max Dillon <
> dillonm...@gmail.com>
>  Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 2:11 PM
>  Subject: Re: [MBZ] Sudden loss of mystery oil in W123 300TD wagon
>
> My tech thinks the air cells have gone bad but they are less than 5 years
> old...
>
> On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 1:38 PM, Max Dillon via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
>
> > Andrew:  David wrote that black fluid can mean the SLS pump seals are
> > leaking engine oil into the SLS system.
> > --
> > Max Dillon
> > Charleston SC
> > '87 300TD
> > '95 E300
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