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Old 11-17-2000, 05:20 PM
Nick Jamal
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Hi all,
Just wondering what I can expect to pay (parts/labor) for replacing the hydraulic lifters on this car? How about the camshaft?
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Old 11-18-2000, 12:28 PM
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I can't help with the estimate, but I'm very curious about why this needs replacing.

I expect that the only way that the cam and valvetrain would need replacing would be in the case of neglected oil changing over a long period of time, or low oil pressure. If these components need replacing, I would be surprised if the rest of the engine is not very tired.

Good luck,

Larry Bible
'01 C Class, Six Speed
'84 Euro 240D, manual, 533K miles
'88 300E 5 Speed
'81 300D Daughter's Car
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Old 11-18-2000, 04:12 PM
Nick Jamal
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Good question Larry. When I bought the car at 130km, it had been serviced only by the dealer, and since then I have done 5000km changes with Mobil 1, each one myself. So I'm clueless.
Now, the only reason I'm bothering to ask anyone about the cam, in particular, is because Donnie replied to my post a couple of weeks back, regarding the 'ticking' sound I was getting. The consensus from the respondents was that it was likely lifters, but Donnie did mention the camshaft, and that he'd done them on this model, this year ('86). I dunno. My tech says lifters as well, he's had the advantage of hearing it, though!
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Old 11-18-2000, 09:53 PM
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Likely/hopefully just lifters. My '88 300TE (153k mi.) just went in for service, and lifters were diagnosed. Cam's fine, and typically is.

Allow me a rant; I'm not getting off so cheap, 'cuz my head gasket's begun to go! So, it's head gasket/guides/seals/water pump/hoses time; funny enough, it was also in to replace the radiator preventatively (it'd never been done, and it's of the old unreinforced plastic neck variety), and just that day it'd begun to leak!

Oh, well, I guess I had $2k burning a hole in my pocket (also re-did the wiring harness to the rear hatch...with 3 kids, we use it as much as the passenger door, if not more)...the price of keeping a car as-new.

But I'll never sell it! It goes to my seven year old

All the best, Michael
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