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Old 06-06-2017, 01:15 PM
Benz Mondi
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Sacramento area
Posts: 308
valve stem seals

In my recent post I detailed how a 1990 300SEL that was given to me had an issue with smoking. It wouldn't smoke at start-up put it would after a few minutes and really smoke under load. After removing the valve cover, I was shocked to find a thick layer of black, tar-like film coating everything inside. I posted some pictures of it. My plugs kept getting oil fouled as well. Of course I dreaded that i might have a blown head gasket , but since the compression was consistent for all 6 cylinders, I decided I had nothing to lose by replacing the valve stem seals myself and along the way remove as much of the tar as I could. I'm very happy to report that now the smoke is all gone, the plugs all have a nice tan color, and she idles nice and smoothly. I just installed a brand new coolant over-flow bottle. No oily ring or milkshake in the fluid! My vote is to change your valve stem seals.

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