Date registered: Jul 2009
Vehicle: 1999 ML320; 2005 c230k sports sedan
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The dreaded oil leak 99 ml 320
So I have a slow oil leak, or at least I think it is oil. It is not leaking much about the size of a 50 cent piece overnight. The local indie thinks it is the valve cover gasket.
I just looked at the engine and the passenger valve cover is wet, but I cannot see a direct line of it to the ground. I have read the various threads about oil leaks and it sounds like there are some power steering fluid problems and a very problematic small gasket on the front of the engine on the timing chain cover. I fear that if I take it to the shop and say fix it, they may run through all the options at my expense. (I am sure you all know what I mean). So what is the best strategy to go after this thing.
I was thinking getting some brake cleaner and cleaning up the gunk and going from there. Any other thoughts? I almost wonder if I should just leave it alone, but the thought of it really starting to leak this winter and having to deal with it, is inspiring. Any help would be appreciated.