Aligning driver/passenger doors and respraying wheels

If you van is a few years old then the countless number of times people have hauled themselves into the van using the door will likely have caused it to drop. A good symptom something is wrong is if your doors bounce open when you close them occasionally. When the door is nicely aligned you have an equal gap around the door when it is closed, the door latch pin will be central and it closes with ease.

There are a few good guides on Sprinter Source (as usual), the top two chrome bolts are for the wing mirror, the third hidden wing mirror bolt is behind the black circular black plug.

That leaves four bolts two at the top, and two at the bottom. I undid all four, jacked up the door and set the door to the middle of the door frame, I then jacket the corner of the door up and set the angle, and thus set the door pin to the right height and tightened up the bottom two bolts. Time taken is about 5 mins per door. I highly recommend unbolting the mirrors to set their height to ensure that they fold correctly and don’t pinch on the mirror join.

Next up was  to treat and paint our wheel rims. The steel rims were gnarly and rusty, they needed to be sanded down with a grinder and wire wheel, sanded some more, treated with rust converter and then painted with rust protecting paint. Painted black because I didn’t have any silver… Central hubs were also treated in a similar way, then the wheel studs were greased up and the wheel nuts reapplied. Don’t forge that there are small cone washers behind each wheel nut and to jack on the correct point. For reference our wheel rims are marked 5 1/2 Jx15H2 HMA 115.


Here are a couple of useful PDFs for those looking to also tweak their doors: Driver / passenger adjustment and Door Adjustment Supplement 2002-2006 (all other doors).

Next on the list, gearbox and differential fluids

Strangely the standard glovebox manuals for mk2 Sprinters are largely devoid of any useful data in the fluids department. I am very used to going to a page in the handout that just tells you what you need. MB apparently feel the need to hide everything.

Looking into gearbox oil changes on a manual gearbox I’ve been told you need ~1.8L of oil and loads of people recommend genuine MB oil (MB part number A001 989 26 03 10). MB themselves stated the gearbox is apparently “sealed for life” however the oil really should be changed at least once every ten years! For third party oils it needs to comply with MB 235.10.  I’m aiming to grab some of this from ECP: Febi Bilstein Transmission Oil (21829 Manual Transmission Fluid GL4 SAE 75W). There’s a great guide to changing the oil out on Sprinter Source.

Differentials oil on a 2005 Sprinter should comply with MB 235.0 and should be synthetic 75W90, you need 2-3 quarts for a differential.. I am aiming for TRIPLE QX Fully Synthetic 75w-90 LS – 5Ltr from the local EuroCarParts. Whilst doing a bit of research on the differentials I came across this great article which covers the whole process nicely:

A few blogs and sites that I’m reading

When you’re building and designing a camper you will (like me) spend a lot of time reading what other people have done for inspiration. This is mainly so I don’t lose my place; here are a few of websites and blogs sat in my browser tabs:

DIY Sprinter is now live

I have been meaning to document the build of our own custom Sprinter based campervan for some time. Recently time has been lacking, with this week’s loss of several good reference documents online I have been encouraged to get on with things and start our little corner of Sprinter cyberspace. My first task was to mirror the documents that had been lost…