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Old 02-03-2009, 05:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry 2005 E500 Oil Breather leaks

Some advice from anyone out there - Had my 2005 E500 with 44K miles serviced yesterday and was informed i had small leak around the oil breathers that was a $350. repair. I was informed a an oil leak via Voice mail and since it was an awful day at work confirmed via VM that to go ahead and fix it. I had always had pretty high confidence in the dealer before. The repair order lised a oil leak as the symptom. I did not request this, I have no oil drops on the white garage floor at home.

We I spoke to the service writer he explained what it was and my BS alarm went off. When I picked up the car i waited 20 minutes for the on duty service manager to come out and explain. That made it worse. he explained that I must have had a small leak around the oil breathers and they had to remove the decorative cover and other componets to seal with the $20. tube of sealant. I asked if this was a normal problem and he looked at my repair order and said - how amny miles - oh yea we see this at 45k miles.

Now i worked on engines for years and I never ever stopped an oil leak by using sealant on the outside of an engine and i asked how long this repair is good for since it sounded like a CYA pitch to me. He explained no evidence of a leak since there is a catch pan below it and it had not gotten that bad yet.

Any thoughts or ideas on this - Thanks in advance.AR
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That is a relatively common problem but typically with more miles than yours. Never heard of it being fixed by sealant outside, the repair is to remove the cover, clean things and use sealant as a new gasket, perhaps that is what they meant? It is quite labor intensive to get to it so expensive and moreso at a dealer. It's a breather cover so at first the leak is more of a "seep", but even at its worst it hardly ever will drip to the ground because of the amount and belly pans. As it gets worse there is more labor required for more cleaning, too. Bottom line if they did the repair correctly (R&R cover) that is a high but expected price.

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Old 02-03-2009, 10:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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wouldn't this be covered under your benz warranty?
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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warranty should cover this job (R&Rcover), I had mine done last month.
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Old 02-04-2009, 06:11 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks all

Since my in-service date was 11/22/04, that I was out of warranty (4 years from in-service date which was 11/08, so about 45 days out).

I will call the service manager back and look for some credit for good will since the problem actually started occuring while it was under warranty (ha ha) We'll see. Thanks again, your info has been valuable to me.
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