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Old 08-22-2000, 08:11 PM
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We recently had our '92 190E 2.3 in the garage for the #4 service (I like to take it in every other service interval so that another set of eyes can look it over) and the mechanic said that "the head gasket is leaking oil". I assume he means on the outside of the head since I can see some trickle marks.

My question - does the gasket have to be replaced (RIGHT NOW?!?) or can it be torqued to alleviate the problem? If this is no more than a keep-your-engine-clean situation I'm not too worried (although I like to have things tidy under the hood) but if it could create a serious mechanical failure, I want it handled NOW!

Any thoughts?

Jay Yambrovich
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Old 08-22-2000, 09:42 PM
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Since these engines have stretch bolts, they can't be re-torqued. You are OK as long as there is no oil in the coolant. An external oil leak will not hurt the engine.

Donnie Drummonds
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Old 08-23-2000, 11:35 AM
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Be sure he didn't mean the valve cover gasket. These can be leaky as well, especially with high mileage.. Wouldn't want to buy a head gasket job unless it was needed.

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Old 03-19-2001, 11:20 AM
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what if theres a oil in the coolant?what should i do.I also have this same problem with my 93 190e 2.6
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Old 03-19-2001, 02:28 PM
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What do you mean by R&R the head?sorry.thanx
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Old 03-19-2001, 03:07 PM
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thanx blackmercedes,do you have estimate price for changing the head gasket?what is the ride difference between your w201 and w202.thanx
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Old 03-19-2001, 07:09 PM
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I think it is wise to change the valve guide/seals if you gonna change the head gasket right?do you mean $1500 for the head gasket and the head.thanx
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