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Old 08-19-2000, 02:22 AM
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Mike Murrell Mike Murrell is offline
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You sound like a competent DIYER mechanic; at least one who's had the good sense to maintain his/her vehicle.

I too am a DIYER so here's my 2 cents.

I've encountered the problem you've described and my guess is it's one of 2 things:

- air in the system
- early stage of a leaking head gasket. Yeah,
I know you didn't want to hear that, but..

With the engine cold first thing in the morning, top off coolant, pull radiator cap and start. Watch for bubbles.

Consider pulling the thermostat and filling with coolant 'til it gets to the thermostat.
I'm not familiar with the 450, so this may be impractical.


Mike Murrell
'91 300-SEL
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