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Old 08-08-2003, 09:24 PM
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a bunch of of w124 questions

I own an 87 300e. I am looking to replace a cracked distributer cap. I found one for $63 U.S., is this a good price? Also, has anyone ever replaced this before? Is it difficult? Also, I think the seal on the front of my oil pan is leaking i.e. oil is all over it. Has anyone else had this problem? My final question is about a repair manual. Any recomendations on a good one? I found one made by bentley for $32 U.S. Thanks a lot everyone.
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Old 08-08-2003, 10:04 PM
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A bunch of answers...and suggestions!

$63 is a good price. Fast lane sells them for $70+ but you can find them for less at e-bay. Not difficult to replace but, are you sure it is the cap that is cracked or the just the black cover?
Oil leaking from the upper timing chain cover is NOT rare on older 124's. You may be able to DIY.
You can get the official MB CD from Mercedes for about $100 or try e-bay for a "copy" for a lot less money.
Use a search on these topics on the right upper corner on this page. They have been discussed before!
Good luck!
'86 300E
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Old 08-08-2003, 10:42 PM
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I'm working from memory. This project requires a GOOD 3mm allen head. I bought the Stahlwille version - socket. Go REAL SLOW when loosening the allen heads. Might even be good to squirt a little something to loosen them first, then wait awhile before loosening.

These small bolts have been known to break easily, especially if they've been in there a long time.
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