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Old 12-31-2001, 12:11 AM
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300TE Valve Seals or Valve Job

Auto: 1992 300TE 4matic 126,000 mi. Carefully maintained.

Challenge: Needs Water Pump, Power Steering Secondary Tank? for 4matic & rear shocks leaking, Engine Mounts, and the 4matic problem. Mechanic says my 3 qts of oil consumed in 3000 miles screams valve job.

How much should valve seal replacement labor cost? In doing a complete valve job for oil consumption, are they removing head completely, sending it out, cleaning parts and replacing as necessary?

Any input is greatly appreciated.

Jersey Jeff

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Old 12-31-2001, 12:30 AM
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Red face Use the search option on your upper right corner

this has been discussed recently. However, if you need a water pump and other type of work and, you WILL keep the car for a while, the head job by itself should cost from $1200 to $1500 depending on your area. If you do everything you need at the same time your mechanic MAY give a break in the price for rest of the job.
BTW, your mechanic can replace the waterpump and change the timing chain, plastic rails "while in there" for minimal additional cost, if any.
Good luck!
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Old 12-31-2001, 12:45 AM
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Here's the thread that J. H. was likely referring to. Check out what Mercedes Tuner and Steve Brotherton had to say:

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