The good news is that Mercedes-Benz computers are far more reliable than they were just a few
The Flexible Service System calculates in both miles and time,
how long before you need to service the engines oil. Simply press the mileage button 2 times and you will see
this displayed on the dash.
The new V8 & V6 motors are equipped with an oil quality
sensor connected to the cars, computer system, as well as an oil level indicator. These two sensors as well as
sensors from the cars CAN-BUS system feed additional data such as Speed, Engine and Coolant Temperature, Load
Factor, RPM, and Engine Oil Temperature.
If you do an oil change yourself, you will need to reset the FSS,
or Flexible Service System light. This cannot be reset with a scan tool, as those are designed for reading
codes in the check engine light.
Additional factors, such as operating conditions, stop and go
driving, high speed driving, cold starts, and oil usage are also calculated to determine the time/distance
between oil changes. If your driving conditions are right, the system may even extend the 10,000 mile service
intervals. However, oil is not that expensive, and we do not recommend attempting to drive that long on one
batch of oil. You cannot damage the engine changing the oil too frequently, however, you can certainly burn out
rings, seals, and bearing by not changing your oil regularly.
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