A lot of the Sprinter vans have a computer called the ASSYST that tell you when things need to be done. I don't think mine has it. I turned the key like the manual said to but, nothing happened like it said it would if I had the ASSYST. That might be a bit of a blessing as it would need to be reset after doing the maintenance if I had it. That will make doing the maintenance easier and it won't nag at me if I couldn't reset it properly.
I'm supposed to change the 9.5 qts. of oil every 10K miles or every year. I got the long list of approved oil for my Sprinter, copied it to my spreadsheets, then decided it would be a lot easier to use if I excised the oils that are actually available in the US and didn't have to plow thru all those oils that are for other countries. That made a 2 page list that I could take to the store and be sure I got the right kind. Then I found the maintenance list in the manual and I'm also supposed to change the fuel filter as well as the oil filter. I seen reports that it costs anywhere from $150-300 for the oil change. That seems like a lot of money when the plug and filter is so accessible. How hard can it be?
|The oil pan is easily accessible|
There's a fellow known as Doktor A who puts out tech warnings on the forums and he warned about some oil filters not being very good and sluffing off fibers. One of the filters that he cited as ok was the Hengst. I found that on Amazon.com and it came the day after I ordered it, to my great surprise. I toddled off to Wally World to get oil and found Valvoline synthetic that was on my list for $26/5qt jug. I picked up 2 big jugs. I ordered the other filters last Thursday and the air filter came Saturday. The rest should be here tomorrow. I need to go to an auto parts store and pick up a couple clamps for the fuel filter, then I'll be set to start the maintenance work.
I found detailed instructions on Sprinter-source for all the maintenance, so I'm pretty sure I'll be able to do it all. The heat is supposed to abate after a rain storm so that should be a good time to do it.