1999 ML-320 Oil Filter Question
Hello ML Drivers,
This question relates to a 1999 ML-320
Yesterday, I noticed that oil was linking from where the oil cap and engine come together.
At the time, I was thinking that this was due to a bad "O" ring. I went to Auto Zone and bought a new filter. The old filter was a STP S8481 and I bough a new one of the same exact model.
Upon removal of the old filter, I discovered that it was badly damaged. See attached pics.
What could have caused this damage as the filter floats freely on the "stick/rod" that goes through it?
Could someone tell me how many "O-rings" are needed on the oil filter rod. I count 4 but package comes with 5.
With replacement of a new oil filter, I'm now just waiting and hoping no more oil leaks.
Thanks to those offering any insight into this issue!