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Old 06-01-2000, 09:01 AM
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Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Tulsa, OK USA
Posts: 139
I check the valve clearance on my 71 250C every two oil changes (6000 miles). I use the "go-nogo" method. Example, .003 fits, .004 will not fit. Since the gaps are "designed" to allow for thermal expansion to maintain the proper clearance, I don't believe any clearance mods are necessary. Perhaps some of the MB techs have a better handle on this one. I, too, get a light tapping when warm. My engine has 130K and the chain/tensioners are good so I have never felt there to be a problem for me.

BTW: I also run a bottle of Redline Total Fuel System stuff every two oil changes also.
Don't know for sure why I really do that - I think it just feels good (or something).

Anyhow, based on my experience (and my 250C is a "daily driver" - except in foul weather) I don't think you have a problem. However, as I stated earlier, perhaps some of the MB techs with all of the "good knowledge" have a better handle on this.

Enjoy the car


Dan Taylor/ Tulsa, OK MBCA '71 250C/'81 300TD-T

[This message has been edited by DANTRCAV (edited 06-01-2000).]
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