How To

Fill Your Diesel Tank

Just like when starting anything new, sometimes you need help with the basics. Thats why we’re here. This is a quick demonstration on how to fill the diesel fuel tank in your Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van. The road awaits!

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To locate the diesel cap, simply open the driver’s side door. You’ll see a small door flap – open to reveal the diesel cap. Turn the cap counter-clockwise to remove, then proceed to fill your tank.

Depending on the model year of your van, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter diesel engines require the use of diesel grades 1-D, 2-D or ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel (15 ppm sulfur maximum). Older diesel vehicles can use the new Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel – ULSDF. Your vehicle’s specific diesel requirement will be written above the diesel cap.

In states where pumping your own gas is prohibited, like Oregon and New Jersey, you can actually pump your own diesel. However, note that in New Jersey, that’s up to the gas station to decide.

Diesel pump handles are often messy and make your hands smell like diesel for hours. To keep your hands free of diesel smell, consider using a pair of reusable gloves when fillin’ up.

Note that diesel fuel isn’t always as readily available as gasoline. Of all gas stations in the U.S., including highway truck stops and gas stations, about half have diesel pumps. Be sure to give yourself enough time and fuel to locate a diesel pump when you’re on the road. It’s also be a good idea to locate diesel pumps on a map while pre-planning your route, especially if you will be traveling in less populated areas.