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Water in oil but nothing in radiator c230

My 1998 c230, with 200,000 mi, has been losing radiator fluid, then it started smoking(white) out of the exhaust. I took it to the mercedes mechanic and he did some sort of "carbon test" i believe, on the radiator, he said it came up negative so he didnt think it was the head gasket. The oil looks like light mud water, the radiator fluid is gone and the car is not running. It all seems like the head gasket to me. I don't have a lot of money and don't know if i should get it fixed. Any advice?
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head gasket do a compression test fix it yourself follow the diy headgasket thread its simple about 300 dollars total make sure you have the right tools


YOU CAN RUN BUT YOULL ONLY DIE...TIRED!!If you insist on driving blind and deaf to the obvious warnings coming from under your Mercedes' hood, the next sound you hear may be a rapping or knock noise from the rod bearings - which will eventually be followed by dead silence as your engine seizes and your Mercedes coasts to a dead stop.LOL
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Don't use that mechanic!
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Don't use that mechanic!
yeah thats a head gasket. its leaking into the cylinders, and thus being burned off and mixed with oil. good luck
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Don't use that mechanic!
As N Jay says, don't use that mechanic...he is worthless for your particular problem.

Pay him off and ship your car to a Euro/Benz mechanic for a quote...

Then get a really big gun and shoot your car...it might be the kindest way out.

Sell the parts of your car on Ebay...

And buy a replacement...it might be the cheapest alternative.
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head gasket do a compression test fix it yourself follow the diy headgasket thread its simple about 300 dollars total make sure you have the right tools
+1 on this AND giving that mechanic the brush off. The next thing out of his mouth would have been some BS about not changing your turn signal fluid, thus causing your flux capacitor to malfunction. Costing you in the realm of $2-3000. Or something stupid like that.
Armed with the knowledge that your head gasket is shot, you could check a couple of local mechanics and get some competitive bids if you weren't inclined to tackle it yourself.
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The mechanic probably performed a "block test" with a block test kit. I have one. It works great if the test fluid is still good. If it is old then there could be false positive or negetive results.
As a mechanic myself knowing that there is water in the oil I would not need to perform a block test to know that the head gasket or head or block is bad... You need to pull the head off to diagnose further... Most likely a head gasket though.

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Did it ever overheat.
On most cars (not an MB expert yet) it is rare to have a block or head crack unless overheated.
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One thing I forgot to mention is that if you have driven for any distance (as in driving to the mechanic instead of having it towed) with water in your oil the engine is probably bad and will need new bearings and rings...

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its a pretty easy job dude if you have the tools. Just dont be like the ahole who I did the head gasket job for and didnt want to pay to take off the cams to flatten the head. If your gonna do it do it right. Now the ahole wants to know if It is bullet proof, and that I can guarantee the work. I said not if you properly didnt do it right.


YOU CAN RUN BUT YOULL ONLY DIE...TIRED!!If you insist on driving blind and deaf to the obvious warnings coming from under your Mercedes' hood, the next sound you hear may be a rapping or knock noise from the rod bearings - which will eventually be followed by dead silence as your engine seizes and your Mercedes coasts to a dead stop.LOL
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