A160 W168 2003 Model Head Gasket gone

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ansamoiz
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A160 W168 2003 Model Head Gasket gone

Post by ansamoiz » Mon 03 May, 2010 4:27 pm

I have just bought a 2003 Model A160 with 146000 KM on it. I thought I should change the oil the day after I bought the car. I opened the Oil filler cap and found water dripping of the cap. Inside was all milky. I bought the car from about 400KM away where I live. It did not heat up or showed any sign of malfunction while I was driving it.

Waht it will cost me to get the head Gasket fixed and how long does it take. Is there any cheaper place in Melbourne where I can go?

Or, is there a temporary solution to dely the repair for a couple of months?

regards,

Ar

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Re: A160 W168 2003 Model Head Gasket gone

Post by Ivanerrol » Mon 03 May, 2010 4:52 pm

Bad luck there Ansa.

Which side of Melbourne do you live on?

Mercstar in Brunswick rd Brunswick 190-192 Brunswick Rd, 93888777 Danial

or Allan Lennox in Manningham road Bulleen can check this out for you if you are on that side of the city. 12 Kim Close, Bulleen 9850-9229

I wouldn't go to far with the engine like this.
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Re: A160 W168 2003 Model Head Gasket gone

Post by Al Zheimer » Tue 04 May, 2010 11:46 am

Yeah bad luck, it raises the question , that the seller must have known about the blown head gasket...

Normally a head gasket on a conventional 4 banger is an easy replacement, a few hundred dollars in parts and 1/2 to 3/4 a day in labour, but im not sure about the ease of this operation in an a class or parts cost. Or if the head will be warped from the overheating etc which will happen if you continue to drive it.Fixing it sooner rather than later will be cheaper.....Ignorance is not bliss on your wallet!
from memory the access to the head was quite straightforward.

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Re: A160 W168 2003 Model Head Gasket gone

Post by ansamoiz » Tue 04 May, 2010 12:10 pm

The car does not heat up. I drove it 400 KM to home. It runs smooth. There is no loss of coolant and coolant is clean as well. Engine oil level is the same as wehn I checked it before buying. Only the oil filler cap is moist after driving and there is thick redish substance in the oil filling long plastic pipe (that I noticed when I brought the car home after 400KM drivie, I cleaned it then and I don't see it anymore). My partner is still driving the car to drop/pickup kids to/from school. School is only 7KM away.

I am not sure if previous owner put some sort of additive in th engine. He seemed an honest person and assured me that nothing was wrong with the car. But, I have lost a lot of money in the past by trusting people who pretended to be honest. I have not been able to change myself.

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Re: A160 W168 2003 Model Head Gasket gone

Post by Stephen Crammond » Tue 04 May, 2010 5:09 pm

You may find that the milky oil dissappears after a longer run, I understand this may be a normal build-up of condensation if the car is a short trip runner?

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Re: A160 W168 2003 Model Head Gasket gone

Post by Ivanerrol » Tue 04 May, 2010 5:15 pm

Mobil 1 plastic oil should be used in later model M.B.'s - as recommended by them.
No additives are recommended.

I would change the oil and filter using Mobil 1 and then see how you go.
The engines of later model M.B.'s are designed to be run hot (to help lower emissions)

The coolant should also be the proper M.B. recommended stuff - for your model - not clear.
W211 - E240
W204 - C280
W210 - E240
Departed
W202 - C200, C180, C180
W126 - 380SE , 380SE (Ex SA Import), 560SEL
W124 - 300e, 260e (ex Japan)
W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
W116 450SEL
W140 420SEL
W210 E240
W209 CLK 240
W201 190e 2.6 (ex U.K.)

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