Well the results are in: My Benz is Back!! I've been driving it all weekend and it's like a brand new car. Not only has the ticking gone away, but it has MUCH more power than before. It's almost too responsive, if you can believe that. With first-gear start (S mode) the thing jumps off the line like a jackrabbit. I took a highway drive and got lots of tingly feelings in my groin as I jumped from 60 to 120 in a matter of a few seconds. What a machine...
An update on the cost. I have the paperwork right here.
Valve Cover Gaskets: $80.00
Oil Tubes (Aluminum): $240.00 ($15 ea.)
Upper Rails (4): $30.00
Injection Cleaner: $70.00
Total Parts: $420.00
Replace Connectors: $300.00
Injection Cleaning: $75
Total Labor: $375.00
Job total: $795.00
I also had the trans. serviced for $183.00 which seems reasonable. I think the power loss was definitely a result of the lack of oil pressure, but I was curious if anyone knows about a product called BG 44K. The mechanics left a tag saying that I needed to fill the tank immediately and that over the next 400 miles I would notice an improvement in power and fuel economy. Just wondering what this might be.
Last edited by EMB145Driver; 06-15-2003 at 09:57 PM.