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Old 01-11-2002, 04:01 PM
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Hi! Two questions about 1985 500SEL...

Is there a fast idle during warmup or not? I just got it back from the mechanic after replacing a leaking vac hose and now the car runs great at startup (even at 17 degree F) but it does not idle any faster than 700 RPM.

Second question: I have oil leaking from both head gaskets..at 240,000 miles, should I go for a rebuild of the top end since the heads will be off anyway? What should be included in it?

Thanks alot in advance!
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Old 01-12-2002, 12:43 AM
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Hi downsmith, I see no one else has replied so I will give this my best shot based on my experiences with my car. When I start the car in the morning it usually sits at 1100rpm when it is first started. I let the car sit for a minute or two and then I engage drive. The idle while in drive is 650 at rest. With regard to the rebuild of the heads I would guess that at that milage the motor would appreciate new seals at a minimum and guides and a valve job wouldn't go astray if finances permit. Go in there once is my motto. Hope you enjoy your car.

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