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Old 07-01-2005, 03:38 PM
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190e 2.6 Coolant leak - headgasket - advice

'91 190e 2.6 - I have a coolant leak and have been told by my mechanic it is coming from the headgasket. I have no other symptoms of a faulty head gasket (like oil in coolant or coolant in oil) but have the coolant leaking from the back of the engine around the 5th cylnder. I can put in alot of coolant for what a head gasket would cost, so... With no other symptoms thus far, how bad is it to go for a while with the leak until I can figure out shop options, and/or shop for the best price on repair? I'm filling up the overflow tank about every other week...

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Old 07-01-2005, 03:43 PM
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the leak will not go away by itself and it will not get better. If it follows Murphy's law it will cause a complete failure of the gasket right when you get the furthest away from any help in the middle of nowhere at 3 in the morning.

My advice.....get it changed now. Don't wait the inevitable to happen.
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Old 07-01-2005, 03:58 PM
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the leak will not go away by itself and it will not get better. If it follows Murphy's law it will cause a complete failure of the gasket right when you get the furthest away from any help in the middle of nowhere at 3 in the morning.

My advice.....get it changed now. Don't wait the inevitable to happen.
I go along with 190edude. This is more of an attitudinal question than a technical question. I learned a long time ago that the worst thing you can do is try to ride problems along instead of fixing them. Even if it's something simple like a broken door handle, if you just let it go, then the next little thing you will also let it go and before too long you have a car that is run down. Your head gasket is much more serious than a broken door handle.

Cars are EXPENSIVE! Sometimes it costs lots of money for repairs, but it costs A LOT MORE to replace the car. If you keep up with both corrective and preventive maintenance on a good car such as a Mercedes you can drive them almost indefinitely.

Pay me now or pay me later.

Best of luck,
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freeze plug

could it be a freeze plug...
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Old 08-04-2005, 07:04 PM
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It ended up being some sort of O-ring on something in the vicinity.
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