Mercedes-Benz M278 V8 Engine Oil Change Guide

Changing Engine Oil on a Mercedes Benz V8 M278

Need to change the engine oil of your Mercedes-Benz M278 V8 Engine? Learn to change your Mercedes-Benz engine oil and oil filter by following the procedures below. The recommended oil change interval for the M278 engine is every year or 10,000 miles, whichever comes first.

What you will need

You will need a list of tools and parts to replace the engine oil on the Mercedes-Benz M278 engine.

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  • Engine Oil
    • Grade:  SAE 0W40 Full Synthetic
    • Capacity: 9.0 US qt (8.5 l)
    • Specification: MB 229.5
      • 1 quart (US) = 0.9463 liter
  • Engine Oil Filter  ( A2761800009 )
  • Crush Copper Washer: 14mm (N 007603 014106)


  • Oil Filter Wrench or Oil Filter Pliers
  • Oil drain pan
  • Oil Funnel
  • Work Gloves
  • Ramps or Floor Jack
  • Jack stands (x2)
  • Ratchet
  • Metric Sockets
  • Wheel Chocks
  • Torque Wrench


  1. Jack up the vehicle. Drive the car on ramps or use a floor jack to raise it at the front jacking points. Place the transmission in Park. Turn the ignition off and remove the key from the ignition.

Secure the vehicle with jack stands. Always secure the vehicle with jack stands. Jack stands must support the vehicle frame. Do not place a jack stand under engine or suspension components. SUPPORT VEHICLE

Allow the engine to cool down for at least fifteen minutes or longer if needed.engine oil change s550 gl550 mercedes benz capacity instructions If the engine is already cool, continue to the next step.

Place wheel chocks behind the rear tires to prevent the vehicle from rolling back. Block rear tiresIf wheel chocks are not available, use a solid block.

Remove the splash shield from under the engine. It is held in place with several bolts.remove engine under shild splash shield Sometimes, you have a combination of screws and plastic retainers. Remove all of them to drop the cover and access the oil drain bolt.  remove bolts from lower engine cover to access drain bolt to change oil

Locate the oil drain pan and plug it in.  oil drain bolt location Place an oil pan under the drain bolt. Ensure the oil pan can capture all of the engine oil. oil drain plan

Loosen the oil drain plug, then remove it by hand. Mercedes oil drain bolt sizeLoosen the oil drain bolt by turning it counterclockwise. If removing the oil drain bolt is extremely difficult, ensure that you are not turning the bolt in the wrong direction.

Drain engine oil.Drain oil change oil on 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Mercedes Benz GL GLS S 550 450 Hot engine oil can cause burns if it comes in contact with your skin. Carefully remove the oil drain plug and allow the engine oil to drain for several minutes.

Replace drain plug copper washer. It is recommended to replace the copper washer at every oil change. Pull out the old washer and install the new washer.

Install Drain Plug. Install the drain plug. Screw it by hand initially to avoid cross-threading. Use a torque wrench to tighten the drain plug to specification. See torque specs below. Do not use a breaker bar to pull the drain plug.

Locate the engine oil filter and replace it. engine oil filter locationUse a 74mm oil wrench to remove the oil filter.engine oil filter location Keep an oil drain plan near the oil filter, as oil may drip from the oil filter when you remove the oil filter. Install the filter and torque it to 25Nm.

Remove the oil cap a the top of the engine by turning it counter-clockwise.remove engine oil cap

Use a funnel to add engine oil. Slowly pour the engine oil in to avoid overflow.add oil via the engine oil filler hole

We suggest adding the recommended capacity minus one quart (liter), in this case, 8 quarts.engine oil level Then add the last quart slowly and frequently check the oil level to get the correct one. Do not start the vehicle until you add the required engine oil.

Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes. start engine check engine oil levelCheck for oil leaks. Wait for at least ten minutes and recheck the oil level. This will allow the engine oil to return to the oil pan so that you can take an accurate measurement. If the level is low, add one quart at a time, wait a few minutes and recheck the engine oil level.

Reset the oil service reminder on the instrument cluster.

Suppose you prefer to change the engine oil by using an oil extractor. See our guide on how to change engine oil using an oil extractor. The vehicle must have an oil dipstick.

Torque Specifications

  • Oil filter: 25 Nm
  • Oil drain plug:   30 Nm or 23ft-lbs

One newton meter is equal to 0.7376 ft-lbs, rounded to 4 decimal places. To convert newton meters to foot-pounds, multiply your figure by 0.7376.

Applicable Oil Filters

Height: 166 mm (Approx. 6.54″)

  • Fram CH11060
  • Baldwin P40023
  • CARQUEST 84059
  • CHAMP P992
  • Combine EOF293
  • Filtron OE6775
  • FVP G7059
  • HENGST E129HD222
  • Hoffer 14138
  • LYNXauto LO1936
  • Magneti Marelli 154705558750
  • MAHLE OX814D
  • Mann HU7025Z
  • Meat & Doria 14138
  • MERCEDES-BENZ 2761800009
  • MERCEDES-BENZ 2761840025
  • MERCEDES-BENZ A2761800009
  • MERCEDES-BENZ A2761840025
  • NAPA 27059
  • NAPA 7059
  • Parts Master 67059
  • PURFLUX L394
  • Purolator L38165
  • Purolator PBL38165
  • Purolator PL38165
  • SCT SH4074L
  • Sofia S5172PE
  • STELLOX 2050543SX
  • STP S11060XL
  • UFI 2517200
  • WARNER WP992
  • Wix 57059
  • Wix WL7518

We hope you find the Mercedes-Benz M278 V8 Engine Oil Change Guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Mercedes-Benz.

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