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450SEL VALVE COVER NEEDED

Hello all,

I need to find a replacement valve cover and gasket for my 1988 450SEL.

Also, anyone have any idea what may have caused the damage in the attached photos?

Any idea where I can get this fixed in New Orleans?

Thanks in advance.

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It looks like something from inside hit it and broke it.
Is the car in running condition or is there a lot of noise from the front of that side of the engine? I have never seen a timing chain cover from the 450s ever do that.

I am not sure you need a valve cover unless it is not viewable from the angle of the picture you posted.

Euro Tech in Covington has good member feedback and BBB A+ rating. (985) 875-0183

They should look at it before ordering any parts for the repair.
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Yeah something broke through alright, but know I don't know what.

The reason I said valve cover is that it is all one piece.

It got me to Louisiana but it seemed to happen after I restarted the engine to back into the drive way.

After i looked under the hood and saw the problem I have been reluctant to start it again...may start may make problem worse. Either way I have to get it fixed so I can get back to Cali.

Really need someone to come and look at it and give an estimate before I get it towed.

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Joe at Euro Tech is friendly and helpful, but he is not going to drive across the bridge to look at it.
Call him and see if you can email him some photos. IMO the engine should not be started and it should go to Euro Tech on a tow truck. I think Joe would agree with that.
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I will second Noodles on don't drive it, have it towed to the repair shop. How many miles are on your vehicle? It is nice seeing that you have a double row timing chain, but even they can stretch over time, and it would seem that your valve cover was damaged by a stretched chain, or a chain guide/tensioner inside the front of the engine coming loose, and contacting the inside of your valve cover. I had a 380SL, that when I bought it I was told that the timing chain was taken care of. It was, the chain was replaced with another single row chain. 20k+ miles later, I had a $3000+ learning experience. My 2007 E350 with 51k just gave me a CEL fault code for a right bank camshaft magnet solenoid for the 2nd time. Thank God for extend warranties! Good luck with your problem.
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