89 300TE, 165K with the ubiquitous seeping head gasket .... I can't take it any more ...
So last night I open a Grolsch and grab my manuals to see what's involved with a cylinder head removal/replacement. Hmmmm... Looks very straightforward to an accomplished DIY-er like me - except for two steps:
(1) Prior to removing the head (top cover removed), there is a step to use a MB impact widget to remove the pin holding the timing chain guide rail ... what is the experience of the group getting this on/off - is the Mercedes tool a 'must have'?
(2) When re-installing the top cover (camshaft cover to you and me), the instructions call for a centering guide/pin when re-installing the outer cover with seal (the large circular one) ... again, should I spring for this widget, or can the seal/cover be centered/installed without it.
Many many thanks in advance for any responses - this looks really straightforward otherwise ...
89 300TE 165K
84 733i 5speed 135K