Figure 1. Sample Text on an Approved Engine Oil Label for SAE 0W-40

Your Mercedes-Benz vehicle requires specific fluids to avoid engine failure and to maintain its optimum performance.

Approved Engine Oils

Engine oil must satisfy many different industry standards and manufacturer requirements. The most common oil ratings are:

Mercedes-Benz has very specific engine lubrication requirements and only oils that have a MB approval number and the approved viscosity ranges are to be used when servicing your engine. The MB approval number is marked on the oil container similar to Figure 1. Verify the correct MB approval number on the individual oil container or accordingly for oil available in bulk quantities.

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Current diesel engines absolutely require low SPAsh oils. Use the newest oils with optimal viscosity protection and with the latest MB approval number – 229.51.

For U.S. Vehicle Models prior to MY2007, please refer to the Factory Approved Services Products brochure on STARTekInfo.com.

Engine Oil Viscosity Range Chart

The oils and viscosity grades with MB approval numbers are for the US market. Use the newest oils with optimal viscosity protection and with the latest MB approval numbers, such as MB approval 229.5 or 229.51 (except SLR 155 engine). Select oil viscosity grades according to the lowest and highest air temperature expected before your next oil change.

Engine Type MB Approval Number Approved Oil Viscosity Range
113 229.5 0W-30, 0W-40, 5W-30, 5W-40
152 229.5 0W-40, 5W-40
155 SLR 229.3 5W-50
156 229.5 or 229.51 0W-40, 5W-40
157 229.5 0W40, 5W-40
159 229.5 or 229.51 0W-40, 5W-40
271 229.3, 229.5 or 229.51 0W-40, 5W-30, 5W-40, 5W-50
272 229.3 or 229.5 0W-40, 5W-30, 5W-40
273 229.3 or 229.5 0W-40, 5W-30, 5W-40
275 229.5 0W-40, 5W-40
276 229.3, 229.5 0W-40, 5W-30, 5W-40
278 229.5 0W-40, 5W-30, 5W-40
285 229.5 0W-40, 5W-40
642 228.51, 229.31 or 229.51 0W-40, 5W-30, 5W-40, 10W-40

 

Use the table below to determine the MB approval number. The model and engine type can be found in the “Technical Data” chapter of your Operator’s Manual in the table under “Engine oil." The engine number is also stamped on the back of the crankcase.