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Old 10-16-2000, 08:33 PM
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When I jump on my '94 E420, I get a smell that I can only describe as an "oil refinery smell". Not really strong, but there. Anyone know what this is? Concerns? Fixes? Thanks.
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Old 10-17-2000, 11:48 AM
Steve Wengel
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Hopefully not what I had -- an evaporator leak which was first manifested by a funny smell inside the cabin, followed by a cloud of oily air coming from the AC vents, followed by AC oil dripping from the condensate drain, followed by $1800 migrating from my wallet to my independent mechanic . . .
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Old 10-23-2000, 12:07 PM
David Pare'
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Did you ever find out what that smell is? I have a similar smell in my 1986 420sel. Sometimes worse than others.
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Old 10-23-2000, 12:54 PM
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Not yet. I have some form of climate control (a/c or vent) on at all times. I don't smell it when I'm driving--only when I stop at signals, etc. It's not overpowering, but it's there... Also, I recently had the oil changed; I don't recall smelling it before that...

I'm taking it by my shop this afternoon--let you know what's up

Looks like slight leak in valve cover gasket (repair=$100-150 parts/labor)

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