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Old 12-17-2002, 11:22 AM
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My valve cover on the W124 does have "flaky" stuff, and I assumed it to be a sorry attempt at a repaint by the PO.

Perhaps all of that is some sort of factory lacquer coating that erodes over time.

When the head gasket replacement time comes, I plan on having the valve cover polished anyway.

I suppose a stiff wire brush would remove the remainder of the flaky stuff...
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