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Old 01-05-2014, 05:43 PM   #1
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10,000 mile service

700 miles to my 10,000 mile service and a 3,000 mile road trip next week.

Question: I don't have a local MB dealer (90 miles round trip to one), and weather is pretty crap in ILL right now.

Does vehicle go in limp mode or anything at 10k if service isn't done on schedule? Will I screw up the van if I do 10k at 13k?

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Old 01-05-2014, 06:02 PM   #2
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It won't go into limp mode but if it were mine, I'd at least change the engine oil. Going over 12k miles is pushing the envelope on engine oil not to mention possible warranty issues. You can research this forum or your owner's manual to find the proper spec oil for you Sprinter and any shop can do an oil change. Also, some Dodge dealers do Sprinter work. The fuel filter will normally go beyond the 10,000 recommended change interval.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:11 PM   #3
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I just noticed you were in Decatur. I recall seeing a Mercedes dealer in Springfield. You could check with them to see if they service Sprinters.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:19 PM   #4
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10,000 mile service

They do, that's the 45 mile away dealer.

I have to pull out Friday for SHOT Show in Vegas and was trying to figure out how big a priority this service needed to be.

Maybe could get done in Vegas while I'm there three days.
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You will get nag screens on the dashboard display if you go over 10,000 miles, but it won't actually shut down on you or anything. Getting the service done while you're in Vegas seems like a good compromise. You'll only be a few hundred miles over.

When mine got close, I also had a trip scheduled. But the weather was better, and I went ahead and had it done a few hundred miles early so it was done before the trip.

I assume that you've already gotten the "Add DEF" message, and that you've done that. That message popped up around 9000 miles on mine. If not, take a couple gallons of DEF with you on the trip in case you get the "ADD DEF" message. That's the one where it will tell you you've got X number of starts left before it locks out your ignition and you have no choice but to call for a tow.
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Thanks protagonist, I added def before last weeks 2,200 mile trip, figured adding before warning wouldn't hurt.
I'd run it over to dealer but roads are crap and I'm not sure how the MB handles the snow ( be my 1st time out in it this Friday) hoping as I hit STL I will be out of it the rest of the trip.

Bought a set of chains just in case.

Crossing my fingers.
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Protag, what brand of DEF do you use and where are you buying it?
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Protag, what brand of DEF do you use and where are you buying it?
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Buying it at Walmart. They only carry one brand, which is available only in a 2-gallon size. It meets ISO 22241 as required by the Sprinter Operator's Manual.
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Milatv,

I've used the Springfield dealer. They are about 4-5 hours from me in southern Indiana but I have always been pleased with them. I normally use a Freightliner-Sprinter dealer about 30 miles south in Evansville, IN but did need Mercedes work once.
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You can do it on the way. When I did mine I was in and out within an hour and did not need an appointment. I did it at MB Hoffman Estate IL.
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Our recommendation is to do it early rather than several thousand miles late. It is always good to let trusted mechanics take a good look around.

We use Peterbilt locally for routine service when we are home, but don't hesitate to seek out someone else if service needs to be done when we are on the road. We call ahead and sometimes spend the prior night in their lot.

Dealerships always seem happy to have the business and are exceptionally good about getting us in and out and out and back on the road. They want to be used by those passing thru.


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700 miles to my 10,000 mile service and a 3,000 mile road trip next week.

Question: I don't have a local MB dealer (90 miles round trip to one), and weather is pretty crap in ILL right now.

Does vehicle go in limp mode or anything at 10k if service isn't done on schedule? Will I screw up the van if I do 10k at 13k?

Thoughts?
If you happen to buy DEF in a one gallon container, be sure you have a funnel as the DEF opening is small.
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Is your ASSYST system telling you that it's 700 miles to service, or are you just watching the odometer? My ASSYST counts down from 10000 but it seems it's actually 12-14k, depending on the driving I'm doing. The synthetic oil, and the fact that it's about a 9 quart sump, provides a lot of leeway. Your highway trip to Vegas won't damage anything - just do it in Vegas when you have some time.
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Sticking with the maintenance theme, what kind of tire rotation schedule do forum members follow? Every 5000 miles or every oil change or only when you purchase new tires. If it is done every 5000 miles, do you do it at your airstream dealer or Mercedes Benz dealer and what is the cost.
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