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Old 03-11-2013, 01:20 PM
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300E Sludge

Could the oil cooler be the reason I have gray sludge in the coolant reservoir instead of a head gasket problem on a 91 mercedes 300E if the dip stick shows NO milkiness and the car does NOT overheat and runs like a champ????

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Old 03-11-2013, 03:51 PM
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It may be the Radiator Transmission Cooler leaking ATF.
I note in EPC the radiator has been superseded twice.

The cylinder head gasket is common, and has been superseded several times, depending on engine number.

A Radiator Pressure Test and/or combustion leak test should confirm the issues.

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Old 03-11-2013, 06:24 PM
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FYI

M103 Oil Consumption/Head Gasket Poll

Head gasket/valve job 103 engine

What brand of M103 head gasket?

M103 - oil/coolant leak front of engine

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Respectfully disagree on the trans cooler, that sludge will be as pink as Pepto-Bismal, not grey.
Yes likely the head gasket, I never saw a blown headgasket blow coolant in to the oil, always oil in to the coolant, I don't know why. Be sure to replace or at least clean out the pressure tank as well as the expansion tank.
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Respectfully disagree on the trans cooler, that sludge will be as pink as Pepto-Bismal, not grey.
Yes likely the head gasket, I never saw a blown head gasket blow coolant in to the oil, always oil in to the coolant, I don't know why. Be sure to replace or at least clean out the pressure tank as well as the expansion tank.
I agree.
Thanks for clarifying that for him.

I only noted it:
* Alerting him to the multiple radiator super-session (issues).
* Because seriously burnt (carbon black) ATF has fooled me, both times the transmission was trashed.

Sadly I have seen engine oil in the coolant system more times than I want to remember.

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Do you drive short or long distances?

If you only drive short distances it may be condensation, the engine has to be rather hot for a longer time to evaporate the water.

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Rob, you're thinking of the sludge in the engine, under the oil cap, this sludge is in the coolant.
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Thsnks for your guys help. Im changing the head gasket next weekend
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Make sure you have the head checked for flatness.

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