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Old 03-28-2002, 03:45 PM
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Unhappy 1988 300 sel coolant leak!

Ok.. here is the deal. The coolant started leaking but at the time was very small amount which I though is normal. Later on, it started leaking more. I went to MB dealership and put some coolant in to the car and it didn't leak for a week. Now, the coolant is leaking from the bottom. My question is... how much would I expect a MB specialist who doesn't have to be a MB dealer tech ask for to fix this problem? I know its hard to say without knowing the exact cost, but I mean the low end and the high end(worst case scenario) cost of fixing a coolant leak. I am contemplating whether to get this fixed by a tech if the price range is at a range I can afford or wait until my father gets back and helps out. For those who don't know I am 17... so its not like its an adult asking his dad for help.

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Old 03-28-2002, 03:47 PM
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It depends on what is leaking.

A leaking hose or clamp cold cost you a couple $ but a water pump or radiator may set you back $500.
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Old 03-28-2002, 03:54 PM
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I believe it's impossible to answer your question without having some idea where the leak is coming from.

Worst case involves blown head gasket, water pump; radiator.
I'm merely guessing that these could run from as low as $400 to about $1200.

If it's simply worn hoses, much less.

You need to find a skilled independent versed in MB repair and pay him an hours labor or so to diagnose the problem.
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Old 03-28-2002, 03:57 PM
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I called the Mercedes Tech that a dealer reffered me to, and he is familiar with my car since he did work on it and said he thinks its a water pump thats bad. I asked him how much would that cost and said about $400. So I guess you were in the ball park. Think thats a good price? I am a newbie to cars.. trying to learn as much as possible since I am first in my household to drive.. that includes BOTH of my parents

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Old 03-28-2002, 03:59 PM
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If statistics are worth anything, I recently replaced a leaking upper radiator hose. Auto stores generally don't stock hoses that fit well. Spend a couple bucks more and get the right hose.

But as the good folks have said, figure out what's leaking first!

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