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Old 11-11-2005, 10:04 PM
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c280 1998 Oil Leak??

Hey, my 1998 mercedes benz just started leaking oil. I just turned 100k today on the car. is this a common problem with this model? It is making a weird noise fom the engine. the oil is not low. i just did an oil change and was maybe, a 1/8 of a quart low at the max. The oil light doesn't come on or anything like that. i made an appointment to get it checked out. If there is something that usually happens with this model, let me know. The oil leak is in the front of the engine, I have noticed this problem for maybe 3 weeks. let me know. My e-mail is
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Old 11-12-2005, 02:00 AM
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Old 11-12-2005, 02:07 PM
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c280 1998 oil leak

To correct my former post, I have a 1998 c280 mercedes benz. It just turned 100k miles yesterday. i have noticed an oil leak problem. The car is making a weird noise when I push the break or when it stops it makes a rattling noise. I checked the oil and it is fine. I recently did an oil change and it was maybe an 1/8th of quart low. When I opened the hood, it shows that there is oil leakage from the front of the engine. About 3 monthes ago, the serpentine belt was chewed up. It was all oilly. I bought a new belt and put it on, no problems with that again. I do notice that the belt is a a little oilly now. I am bringing in the car for maintance on monday, I just want to know if anyone knows that this problem is.
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Old 11-12-2005, 03:44 PM
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Exclamation C280 oil leak

I am a rank amateur, however, make sure there is no oil leaks from around the filter housing on the top right front side of the engine. Many times if one of the many oil seals around the filter doesn't seat properly, you will have a small leak when the engine is running. (My C280 develops a LOT of oil pressure!) You may have to remove the plastic engine cover from the top of the motor to be able to see this area well. After you take the cover off, look for signs of seepage around the oil filter cartridge cover. Installing new oil filters is more of an art form than a science, I have found. I have made lots of mistakes in this area before I learned how to do it correctly!

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