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anythingcomputerrelated
01-26-2010, 11:32 PM
Are these basically the same thing?

I am looking to purchase oil filters, fuel filter, and a transmission filter for my 2002 Freightliner Sprinter 2500 SHC and a lot of places don't list a Freightliner but they list a 2003 Dodge Sprinter 2500. Are all of these parts compatible?

Also, has anyone changed their transmission fluid/filter themselves? Where is the best place to get the required fluid? If this was done about 40,000 miles and 2 years ago, can I reuse the gasket? Does anyone know if the transmission is the same in the 2002 Sprinter as in a 1999 Mercedes-Benz ML430 automatic? I have the mechanics dipstick for that but wasn't sure if this would work to check my Sprinter fluid level.

Thank you.

talkinghorse43
01-26-2010, 11:47 PM
Are these basically the same thing?

Yes

I am looking to purchase oil filters, fuel filter, and a transmission filter for my 2002 Freightliner Sprinter 2500 SHC and a lot of places don't list a Freightliner but they list a 2003 Dodge Sprinter 2500. Are all of these parts compatible?

Yes

Also, has anyone changed their transmission fluid/filter themselves? Where is the best place to get the required fluid? If this was done about 40,000 miles and 2 years ago, can I reuse the gasket? Does anyone know if the transmission is the same in the 2002 Sprinter as in a 1999 Mercedes-Benz ML430 automatic? I have the mechanics dipstick for that but wasn't sure if this would work to check my Sprinter fluid level.

Thank you.

Search here for fluid (recently, a cheaper source of MB spec 236.14 fluid was discovered) and how to do the change - they're both posted. Don't know about the dipstick, but the recommended PN is posted.

anythingcomputerrelated
01-27-2010, 12:58 AM
Thanks for the reply and letting me know 2003 Dodge Sprinter parts are fine for my 2002 Freightliner Sprinter.

I looked at the link but am still confused about which transmission fluid to use. It looks like 236.14 is the latest MB Sprinter fluid. I have some MB 236.10 fluid in the shop from when the 1999 MB ML430 was rebuilt. Is this fine to use? I only have 3 liters and I'm guessing it's not a good idea to mix it with 236.14 or something so maybe I can't use it unless I can find more 236.10...

If I can't do that.. It looks like 236.14 is close to $20 a quart, maybe more after shipping. What's the cheaper transmission fluid you were talking about? Is this stuff just as good? I don't want any problems, that's why I'm changing the fluid now. I don't want to have to go into this transmission. If it'll make my transmission last, it's worth $20 a quart but if it's no difference what else is proven compatible/good with these Sprinters?

Altered Sprinter
01-27-2010, 01:16 AM
It would pay to search archives as to the huge multiple threads that have so much information
such as these few.
NAG1 Transmission Fluid Change - Page 11 - Sprinter-Forum (http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2557&page=11)
Transmission Dipstick Drawing - Sprinter-Forum (http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23)
Transmission ATF change interval [Archive] - Sprinter-Forum (http://sprinter-source.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-957.html)
click top right section of your page to open the entire thread
Richard

anythingcomputerrelated
01-27-2010, 01:34 AM
Okay, I found this link in another forum thread http://bevo.mercedes-benz.com/bevolistenmain.php?session_id=&navigation_path=bevolisten&language_id=1

This seems to list the fluids that meet Mercedes-Benz specifications. Now I just need to know the best specification to put in my 2002 Freightliner Sprinter 2500 SHC with 246,000 miles.

Is it 236.14? Or 236.10 or what? Thanks again.

Aqua Puttana
01-27-2010, 02:22 AM
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Is it 236.14? Or 236.10 or what? Thanks again.

When your 2002 hit the road the spec for the NAG1 transmission was MB236.10 fluid. Subsequent to that another improved fluid was issued and approved MB236.12 fluid. The latest transmission fluid formulation meets MB236.14 spec. It is supposedly the latest and greatest. Any of those numbers are OK to use with your transmission. Were I you I would seek out MB236.14 fluid for the change.

Try this link:
http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9644

AP/vic

diesellover
01-27-2010, 08:01 AM
Are these basically the same thing?

I am looking to purchase oil filters, fuel filter, and a transmission filter for my 2002 Freightliner Sprinter 2500 SHC and a lot of places don't list a Freightliner but they list a 2003 Dodge Sprinter 2500. Are all of these parts compatible?

Also, has anyone changed their transmission fluid/filter themselves? Where is the best place to get the required fluid? If this was done about 40,000 miles and 2 years ago, can I reuse the gasket? Does anyone know if the transmission is the same in the 2002 Sprinter as in a 1999 Mercedes-Benz ML430 automatic? I have the mechanics dipstick for that but wasn't sure if this would work to check my Sprinter fluid level.

Thank you.

You cannot use any MB transmission fluid trust me I used Pentosin and it did not work. The transmission started slipping like crazy. Here's a link to what you need: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SPRINTER-CROSSFIRE-AUTOMATIC-TRANSMISSION-FLUID-MOPAR_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem5ad2f81a0bQQitemZ 390086531595QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAc cessories
Also on ebay I have seen in the past a complete fluid change kit with all of the following items: You will need just a hair under 8 quarts, a filter and a pan gasket. Be sure to drain the torque converter, it is the same size allen wrench as the pan plug. This is not that hard of a job, just make sure your allen wrench fits snugly or else you'll strip it.

anythingcomputerrelated
01-27-2010, 04:04 PM
Thanks for helpful replies.

According to that MB site, and since y'all say 236.14 is best, I think I'll see if Walmart has Mobil ATF 134 or Shell ATF134 and price that.

So I want 8 quarts if I drain transmission pan and pull the torque converter plug?