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Old 10-18-2010, 04:10 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I plan on changing the transmission oil and filter on my 06 sprinter and need a Tranny dipstick. I know euro parts sells one for $50.00. Is there any other recommend shops that sell this item for less. Thanks
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Old 10-18-2010, 04:28 AM   #2
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Even if you find a genuine, appropriate tool, Steve at europart-sd.com's customer service is worth a premium (but I do doubt you'll find a more fair price).

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Old 10-18-2010, 12:05 PM   #3
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Many people are happy with Europarts customer service and willingness to help.

If you shop for price be aware that not all "Sprinter" dipsticks are equal. You should probably read this before purchase, unless you go to Europarts who will supply the correct part. vic


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Old 10-18-2010, 05:11 PM   #4
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If money is an issue, make your own like I did, with specs listed on here, using aircraft wire from building store for $1.00.
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:14 PM   #5
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If money is an issue, make your own like I did, with specs listed on here, using aircraft wire from building store for $1.00.
Don't know which specs you're referring to, but the MB dipstick doesn't bottom-out on the inside surface of the pan, it rests on a shoulder above the measuring area. So, if you do assume it bottoms out on the pan, and use the measurements of the service manual, you are low on fluid. On the other hand, if you are aware, what is your depth correction figure? Or, what is the diameter of your shoulder?
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Doktor A indicated in one post that 13 mm is the correction if the stick bottoms out ... not that he would ever need to use it. To me that's 1/2" correction on a bottoming DIY stick for all practical purpose. Even though it is temperature related, the OEM transmission dip stick has a low and high range indicated on it. Given the DARF cure for RSN (you really should order the DARF kit from Doktor A if you haven't) and lack of a plethora (edit) of disastrous failure posts on the forum(s) for the NAG1 transmission, I think being overly concerned about the NAG1 fluid level is a hang on from old. (I also jack my Sprinter using the differential case with a floor jack. ) Get it near the full mark... not over... and everything will be fine.

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Don't know which specs you're referring to, but the MB dipstick doesn't bottom-out on the inside surface of the pan, it rests on a shoulder above the measuring area. So, if you do assume it bottoms out on the pan, and use the measurements of the service manual, you are low on fluid. On the other hand, if you are aware, what is your depth correction figure? Or, what is the diameter of your shoulder?
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.... I think being overly concerned about the NAG1 fluid level is a hang on from old. (I also jack my Sprinter using the differential case with a floor jack. ) Get it near the full mark... not over... and everything will be fine.

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(you really should order the DARF kit from Doktor A if you haven't)
Since I'm trying to minimize repair effort & cost, I would never make a modification to my tranny without personally and fully understanding all the possible effects.

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... and lack of disastrous failure posts on the forum(s) for the NAG1 transmission ...
SRT has recently reported a tranny failure. But maybe it doesn't meet your definition of disastrous. I remember reports of more; if you're interested, you could search here. If they don't fail, where does the supply of rebuilt units come from?
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Since I'm trying to minimize repair effort & cost, I would never make a modification to my tranny without personally and fully understanding all the possible effects.
Given my experience and background I know I am not capable of ever "personally and fully understanding all the possible effects" of a modification to an NAG1 transmission. From the ability demonstrated by him over time here and on other forums I have faith that Doktor A does. The fact that he came up with the DARF solution is of itself testimony. My opinion (read that as "guess") is that perhaps RSN contributes to harmonic balancer failures so I think getting rid of the RSN is worthwhile. Not to mention that the tranny just seems so much smoother after the mod.


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SRT has recently reported a tranny failure. But maybe it doesn't meet your definition of disastrous. I remember reports of more; if you're interested, you could search here. If they don't fail, where does the supply of rebuilt units come from?
Well, OK. I didn't mean to indicate that they never fail, but NAG1 transmission failures are not an Achilles heel for the vehicle. Most tranny failures I recall are high mileage units which are to be expected.

When people have asked here what to look out for when inspecting a used Sprinter for potential purchase I have not seen you or anyone else jump in to highlight that they'd better watch out for the junkie NAG1 transmission. Other than the RSN issue (which now has a cure) transmission rarely even comes up in the discussion.

I still stand by my comments that the transmission fluid level needs to be near the full mark (not over), the DARF kit is a good idea, and the NAFTA Sprinter NAG1 transmission is overall a reliable piece of equipment.

Thanks for the response. Clarification and discussion is a good thing. vic
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Thanks for info guys I appreciate it. I guess I will by one from Europarts-sd.
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