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Old 03-30-2008, 03:22 PM
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560 SEC rear screen rust and Oil discharge

I am looking at buying a 560 SEC which has the classic problem below the rear screen - very corroded and needs to be cut out and replaced. Any ideas of what this is likely to cost me in London, UK. I guess that I will need a new seal and screen too (no sign of screen fogging up though)? Also, does anyone know if there is an oil discharge on this car, if the engine oil level is too high? There seems to be a leak from quite high up on right hand side of the engine, but this doesn't seem to be leaving any marks on the ground. Thanks in advance

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Old 03-30-2008, 03:31 PM
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The oil leak is most likely the rocker cover gasket being dried out and leaking, or being incorrectly fitted.
If you have no fogging of the screen so far, then it could probably be reused. A new seal is a must.
The replacement panel is about 45... I just bought one. Thats just the outer skin though. Depending on if the corrosion has crept deeper. Have a look in the boot underneath the rear shelf, any deeper corrosion is easy to spot there.
I don't know what a bodyshop would charge just to replace that outer skin, remove and replace the screen and paint, probably a good 500-600 easy.

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Ben.
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Old 03-30-2008, 03:47 PM
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thanks very much Ben. Is the rocker cover seal a big job, as far as you know. I would guess not?? That would make sense as it doesn't seem to drip oil when standing still. Do you happen to know of a good mechanic in London? cheers
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Old 03-30-2008, 04:10 PM
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The rocker cover gasket is an easy DIY job. The part costs about 8 per side from memory. Its worth doing both at the same time, and also replacing the cam oiler tube fittings while its accessable. They are about 3 a side.

If the car hasn't recently had the timing chain and guides changed in the last few years, then thats another bargaining point. The guides are made from plastic, and with age and heat they go brittle and can break. If they break you might get lucky and nothing will happen, but read some of the horror stories on this forum. Its like the cam belt breaking on a belt driven cam car.

I'm afraid I don't know of any London mechanics who specialise in MB. There is a guy in Kent who appears to know his stuff though, his name is Chas - He runs a garage called 'SEC-Shop'.

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Ben.

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