What is the oil type of the 2010 Mercedes Benz C 300?

In this blog, we find out the oil type for the 2010 Mercedes Benz C 300 and answer the following questions: what is the meaning of Oil grade in engine oil? What is the engine oil capacity of the 2010 Mercedes Benz C 300? What are the alternate engine oils used in the 2010 Mercedes Benz C 300? Lastly, this blog will also explain the processes involved in an engine oil change on a 2010 Mercedes Benz C 300.

What is the oil type of the 2010 Mercedes Benz C 300?

The engine oil type of the 2010 Mercedes Benz C 300 is 0 W 40 and 5W40. Mercedes Benz recommends the use of its own service engine oils. Mercedes Benz engine oil is available at all the service centres and there is a high-performance version used for AMG line and AMG models but it is also suitable for the 2010 Mercedes Benz C 300.

The 2010 Mercedes Benz C 300 was powered by a V6 petrol engine and had a 4matic drivetrain. More than 2 million units were sold globally but the 2010 C 300 was sold in limited markets despite its popularity.

The 2010 Mercedes Benz C Class model series W204 was the third generation of the C Class. It was a reliable car but had a few issues with the ABS/ESP wheel speed sensor and some models also were affected due to premature wear of balancer shafts in the engine. Mercedes Benz rectified the issue in the facelift model of the C Class and also issued a field measure to replace the worn-out balancer shafts.

What is the meaning of Oil grade in engine oil used in the 2010 Mercedes Benz C 300?

The engine oil grade used in the 2010 Mercedes Benz C 300 is 0 W 40 or 5 W 50 where the W stands for winter and the reading before W is a rating for viscosity in cold conditions and the reading after W is viscosity in hot conditions. Viscosity is a measure of the resistance offered by a liquid to its flow.

As engine oil flows through the lubrication circuit and provides lubrication to moving parts in an engine, it should have enough viscosity to maintain a lubricating layer on components even under extreme temperatures.

Also in cold countries, engine oil should remain viscous enough so that it can easily circulate around the lubricating circuit. Therefore, Mercedes Benz recommends the use of 0W40 or 5W40 fully synthetic engine oil in the 2010 C300.

What is the engine oil capacity of the 2010 Mercedes Benz C300?

The engine oil capacity of the C 300 is 8.5 litres. The 2010 Mercedes Benz C 300 was powered by a 3.0 litres V 6 cylinders M272 engine. The M272 was completely redesigned and unlike its predecessor engines like the M112, it used dual overhead camshafts for each bank along with the 4 valves per cylinder making the total 24 valves for all the cylinders. A secondary air injection pump supplied air to the exhaust systems during a cold start in order to bring the catalytic converter to operating temperature more quickly.

The M272 also featured an aluminium lower oil pan section with wet-sump lubrication and an integrated oil cooler in the oil filter body. There is no need to drain the oil cooler separately during the engine oil change. The power output of the 2010 Mercedes Benz C Class was around 270 brake horsepower and 350 NM of torque supplied to all the wheels through a 7-speed automatic gearbox and a transfer case.

What are the alternate engine oils suitable for the 2010 Mercedes Benz C300?

Fully synthetic engine oil with a 0W 40 or 5W40 rating can work in the 2010 Mercedes Benz C 300. Following are some of the popular alternatives:

Product Name Company 
ADNOC VOYAGER GOLD 0W 40/5W40ADNOC Distribution, Abu Dhabi/UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Alpine RS/ RSI 0W40 & 5W40Mitan Mineralöl GmbH, Ankum/GERMANY
Castrol Edge 0W-40 A3/B4Castrol Limited, SWINDON/UNITED KINGDOM
Gulf Formula GXGulf Oil International, London/ENGLAND
Mobil 1 Formula 0W-40ExxonMobil Oil Corporation, SPRING, Texas/USA
Mobil 1 FS 5W-40ExxonMobil Oil Corporation, SPRING, Texas/USA
MOTUL EXPERT M 5W-40Motul, AUBERVILLIERS CEDEX/FRANCE
PANOLIN CHAMPIONPANOLIN AG, MADETSWIL/SWITZERLAND
Shell Helix UltraShell International Petroleum Company, LONDON/UNITED KINGDOM

What are the processes involved in engine oil change on a 2010 Mercedes Benz C 300?

The process of draining and replacing the engine oil is complex in Mercedes Benz C 300 as the M272 is very closely packed along with the 4matic drive system. Also, the engine oil filter along with the o-rings are also replaced at the time of renewing the engine oil. Following are the processes involved in changing the engine oil.

  • The engine is brought to operating temperature or till the engine oil temperature has reached 80-90 degrees. This facilitates the removal of complete engine oil during draining.
  • Underbody shields are removed to gain access to the engine oil drain bolt. 
  • The oil filter is removed and the engine oil dipstick along with the oil filler cap is opened.
  • The vehicle must be properly secured and then lifted on a vehicle lift.
  • The old engine oil is collected in the proper container after the drain bolt has been opened.
  • The 2010 Mercedes Benz C300 used an aluminium drain bolt along with a copper washer. The washer is renewed as using a crushed washer can lead to oil leaks.
  • Oil extractors can also be used to extract the old engine oil from oil dipsticks.
  • Replace the engine oil filter and the corresponding O-rings.
  • Torque the drain bolt and oil filter cap as per the specifications.
  • Add new engine oil and fill as per the capacity.

The engine is started again after renewing the engine oil to check and correct the engine oil level. Visual inspection is also carried out to check for any oil leaks. Mercedes Benz uses ASSYST PLUS maintenance system in the 2010 Mercedes Benz C 300 and renewing of the engine oil must be confirmed in the instrument cluster by selecting the replenish engine oil option and confirming service.

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Conclusion

The engine oil of the 2010 Mercedes Benz C 300 should be replaced once per year or after 15000 km whichever comes first. The engine oil loses its properties over time even if the vehicle is not in use or the mileage after the last service is very low, Hence it is recommended to replace the engine oil even if the mileage is not reached.

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