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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-15-2012, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Hello Every One,

I am a true Mercedes newbie. Although car mechanics is my hobby, I have never owned or worked on a Mercedes but that is all changing now.

Sadly, my brother in-law passed away about 2 months ago. He had a 1996 Mercedes S320 that he kept in a garage. The car is mint AND it has a new engine wire harness ie one that does not disintegrate.

After her husband's death, my sister has sold the 3 other cars they had. She now is left with only the 96 S320. She loves that car!

I do all of my own car work and my wife's car work. I told my sister I would do what I could to help her keep her 96 Mercedes in top running condition.

I inspected my sister's S320 pretty thoroughly. Looks like it needs a new serpentine belt, brake fluid flush and a brake inspection. It may need pads.
Finally, it has a slow oil leak at the front of the engine , passenger side. That's all! Everything else looks good and the car runs fine.

Based on what I have read on this forum, I have concluded that the oil leak is caused by a leaky timing chain cover gasket / leaky head gasket at its intersection with timing chain cover gasket.

The belt and brakes maintenance appear to be easy and won't take too long.

However, I am wondering how long the head and T-chain cover gasket replacement will take. Anyone have a time estimate on installing a new head gasket + timing chain cover on a S320?

I bought a manual (CD) for this car on E bay....have not got it yet. Hope its the real McCoy!

Finally, in the last several weeks, I have read many posts on this site. I am very pleasantly surprised and grateful, that so many members (in my opinion) are real experts at DIY Mercedes work!

My compliments and thanks to all of the experts on this forum!

Without your expertise to guide me, I doubt I would even attempt the head and chain cover gasket gasket job I described above.

I am really looking forward to being a member of this forum. Again, thanks for all of your help!
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Welcome to Benzworld, be very careful when you do the head job, one big problem area is the timing chain tensioner. It must not be fitted as one piece, you must take it apart and fit it piece by piece.


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