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Old 12-30-2002, 10:15 AM
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Leaking head gasket 87 560 SL

Hey guys,my 87 560 has just started leaking oil on the floor of my garage.I just had the transmission resealed and we went ahead and replaced the rear main seal not two months ago.I work for a new car dealership and had a mechanic look at my car and he said he thought the leak was comming from the manifold and the head gasket.My question is this normal for a car with only 102k?Will this be a "Big Job" to repair?What do you think would be a fair price to do this repair? Thanks in advance Stan
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Old 12-30-2002, 07:28 PM
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Oil leaks from the left (driver's side) head are quite common on the aluminum v8s (for some reason the 450 never seemed to have that problem).
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Old 12-30-2002, 07:46 PM
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Hi Frits, the 116/117 engines are known for external oil leaks at the left side head gasket. As far as a fair price, that's for you to decide. This is a labor intensive job, so make sure your mechanic has done it before. Don't use your car as a guinea pig to try and save a few bucks. It could wind up costing you more in the long run. With that said, clean the engine thoroughly and pin point the cause of the leak before you assume the worst. Good luck
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Old 12-31-2002, 04:38 PM
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Thanks for your responses, there is a burning oil smell and you can see smoke (burning from manifold) comming from under the hood for the first couple of miles.After 10 minutes gone.I called my MB tech and he guessed to replace the head gasket on the right side would cost around 1000.00 or he said we could try and re-torq the head to slow the leak down for around 300.00-350.00.Is this very minor leak anything to worry about in your opinion?My tech said he'd check it out on my next oil chang.I just spent 900.00 resealing the tranny and new rear main seal 2 months ago and I dont think the car was ever driven hot.What do you think? p.s. Happy New Year! Stan
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Old 12-31-2002, 04:52 PM
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As I said before your problem is common and has nothing to do with being overheated. Either fix it or let it leak, don't bother wasting money on a retorque. It won't change a thing, been there done that. (more than once).
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