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Critical Mercedes Sprinter Breaking-In and Maintenance Information

Mercedes WILL NOT tell you the proper break-in needs, namely oil requirements, due to the heavy hammer of EPA regulations. To wit, Mobil 1 will NOT allow proper engine break-in. The 2018 engine is the same as 2017, etc so the same things apply.

Mercedes Sprinter Maintenance: Breaking-In Notes

Mercedes recommends Mobil 1 5W-30 oil. Why, when it is a terrible oil for break-in, has an outrageously high NOACK value, high ash content, handles soot poorly, is low in zinc, etc? Because the EPA holds a sledgehammer and looks at tiny factors. Later, the engine is damaged and pollutes a lot more, but why worry.

Mercedes Sprinter Maintenance: Engine Oil

This page quotes and discusses the 2018 Mercedes Sprinter Operator Manual, translating Mercedes-speak into English. The 2018 operator manual is better than prior years in implicitly acknowledging serious risks of engine damage, but it is so circuitous and evasive that it needs translation.

Mercedes Sprinter Maintenance: Comments on the (woefully inadequate) 2018 Mercedes Sprinter Operator Manual

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[location “Saddlebag Lake pullout”, altitude 9990 ft / 3045 m, 45°F / 7°C, diffraction mitigating sharpening]
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f4 @ 1/640 sec, ISO 64; 2018-12-01 14:23:42
[location “Lundy Canyon camp”, altitude 7000 ft / 2134 m, 26°F / -3°C, "cold snow, high winds"]
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f2.8 @ 1/2000 sec, ISO 64; 2018-11-29 12:06:10
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f11 @ 1.0 sec, ISO 64; 2018-11-22 16:54:04
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Hasselblad H6D-100C + Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II @ 33mm equiv (50mm)

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f10 @ 1/60 sec, ISO 100; 2018-11-29 14:53:15
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f11 @ 1/20 sec handheld, ISO 64; 2018-11-16 14:17:54
[location “Lundy Canyon”, altitude 8100 ft / 2469 m, 50°F / 10°C]
Hasselblad H6D-100C + Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II @ 33mm equiv (50mm)

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