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Old 8th August 2013, 06:16 PM
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Imparts supplies the correct fluid for a reasonable price, I believe. Does anyone have a part number and I'll do some homework tomorrow.
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The information in the Service Manual is as follows:
'Oil grade Hydraulic oil (refer to Specification for service product sheet 344)'
With a foot note: 'Available in 1-litre cans part no. 000 989 85 03'
Is this of any help?
Is there a recommended supplier for the hoses?
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Peter, to my mind the recommended supplier for all M100 parts is the Classic Centre in Irvine, CA. The prices are usually 1/4 to 1/2 local prices and they arrive quicker, 3-4 days if in stock.
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Like ATF, even if hydraulic oil has become aerated it will self-bleed if the air/gas can escape to the atmosphere. In the SLS system it can be a problem as it doesn't constantly circulate the fluid through the whole system. Strange that I've heard it's self-bleeding, yet they still included bleed nipples?

ATF only takes 10minutes or so to rid itself of unwanted air and I doubt hydraulic oil would take much longer since the viscosity is similar.

Imparts and HSY sell OEM fluid for around $15 per litre (last time I checked) however they only sell to those in the industry, not retail to car owners.

I have it on good authority that Nulon ISO32 is almost the same as OEM SLS fluid and if you buy 20L from Supercheap you'll pay around $5 per litre.

http://www.nulon.com.au/products/Hyd.../#.UgOIzlR--71

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Imparts no longer stock it
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Can anybody advise me regarding the accumulator hoses since I got the attached email (I hope it is attached, new to site and only partially computer literate) when I enquirer with MBUSA. I only intend to replace the flexible hoses but cannot tell from the part numbers which is the flexible hose. Since the flexible hose are at the front and the back the part number 1269974082 would appear to be the correct item. Would appreciate any help and advice?
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Hi Peter,
From the EPC those part numbers are valid, check the attached pdf to verify they are the parts you require
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Thank you abl576, this helps, will order the flexible hoses.
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What appears to be part number 335 (I think) is in fact a steel pipe with the appropriate fittings to take the flexible hose. It might also pay to remember, Peter, that you will not be able to remove/refit the flexible hose until the strut is removed from the car. It is a bench job. Regards Styria
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Further to reusing the hydraulic fluid, if I want to replace all the fluid @ $60/litre for genuine MB fluid it could be quite costly. Penrite have equivalent MB343 and MB345 but the MB manual quotes MB344, what is the recommendation by those who know?
I've tracked down a local supply for $20.64 per litre

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Can anybody advise or had experience with Penrite MB15 hydraulic fluid sold by www.thefarmstore.com.au at just over $13 per litre, they mention It is MB self leveling suspension hydraulic fluid?
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Can anybody advise or had experience with Penrite MB15 hydraulic fluid sold by www.thefarmstore.com.au at just over $13 per litre, they mention It is MB self leveling suspension hydraulic fluid?
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MB15 is the equivalent of MB343 which works on the W126 SLS suspension.
I am not certain, but I would say it is the same as what we use on the 6.9s.

By the way, The Farm Store is selling it cheaper on eBay
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Mb15-Leve...-/360657335620
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The self levelling oil is the same as the 6.9 oil.

The going price at the dealer four years ago was $60 per litre - I thought I did quite well getting it for about $35 per litre by gentle persuasion at the parts department and buying 6 litres or whatever at the time.

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I brought my car about 97 with 180000k on it.Around 2001 I replaced all the speres and all is good up till now where it has done about 260000k.Regards Aussie 6.9
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Mark, you have had an exceptional life span from your Air Cells. I tend to think, and I am confident in stating so, what you bought in 2001 is no longer available today. I can take my mind back to when the cells were originally replaced when I first bought Gleaming Beauty - I had a longevity span of about ten years. Are you now starting to need new ones ? Just as a matter of interest.

It would be of great interest also, to me anyway, what you think of 6.9 ownership. Your likes and dislikes, reliability and/or lack thereof etc. etc. If you can make the time........ Regards Styria
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