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Old 04-17-2002, 11:57 AM
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Angry Slime/oil in Collant

I have discovered a brownish/yellow slime or oil in the coolant overflow resevour in my 1992 190E 2.6. It would appear to be oil leaking through from somewhere, however there's no sing of coolant in the oil, either on the dip stick or when drained for changing. Also, it appears that I have an oil leak around the head gasket.

Do these two seem related or could there be another cause for the coolant slime??
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Old 04-17-2002, 12:27 PM
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Head gasket
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Old 04-17-2002, 12:55 PM
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Totally agree with moedip. Head gasket.
Been there, done that.

I postponed the inevitable by adding a radiator/cylinder block fixer to the coolant, but I don't recommend it.

Good luck


E200 Wagon 1994 108k miles gasket failed @ 100k miles
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Old 04-17-2002, 01:21 PM
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Thanks for your replys. You have confirmed what I suspected. Next obvious question is, what should I expect to pay to have the head gasket replaced?
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Old 04-17-2002, 05:18 PM
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I think $600-$1000 was quoted here at one time. But the thing is while you are in there you might as well go ahead and replace some of the other failure items such as valve guides and/or seals and timing chain rails as a preventive measure. That way you won't have to pay the labor again when those go.

Hope this helps...
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Old 04-17-2002, 06:00 PM
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What about the timing chain itself? They don't cost too much, do they?
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Old 04-17-2002, 06:46 PM
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Don't know what timing chains cost. More than one pro here has commented that 103 timing chains don't wear that much if at all.
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