Valve cover bolts torque

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What is the torque for the valve cover bolts? MB1997 e320

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 AT 5:05 PM

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Tiny
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10Mn or 7 ft. Lbs I just go hand snug

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 AT 5:17 PM
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Thank you very much Doc.
You are absolutely right. When I took the valve cover off I tought the bolts were losen up.
I'd ask you something else. The paint is cracked on several spots and I saw that there is a layer of graphite under the paint. I was considering to clean it up and repaint the whole thing. That layer of graphite was there there for a good reason. Thermal coat I assume. If I clean it up and repaint with HITemp paint I'm afraid that the cover might worp without graphite coat. What do you advice me.
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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 AT 4:25 PM
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MB does baked enamale coating. So a primer and HI Temp will be good

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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 AT 8:53 PM
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Hi Doc

I just examined the inside surface and I saw spots where the paint was gone. Most likely that fine graphite got into the oil which wouldn't be the end of the world. However, the idea that some small piecies of paint might get under the crankshaft bearings scares the **** out of me to be perfectly honest. This engine at 154K is running smooth like new. I will sandblast the whole valvecover inside out and then paint it according to your instructions. I don't think that I can find graphite enamale on the market and even if I could I don't have the technology available at home in order to bake it properly.
Thanks alot Doc, I really do appreciate your advices.
Peter

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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 AT 10:55 PM
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Check on line for power coating kits it bakes on in an oven so no chance of flaking off

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Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 AT 12:47 PM
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Thank you Doc
I will do that.

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Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 AT 1:00 PM
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Hi Doc

I wanted to replace the cabin airfilters. All 8 screws are out, the lamp is out and disconnected and the latch screw out. However, the gloves box just doesn't want to come out. I seems hooked at the top. This is 1997 E320 6cyl. Line 3.2L rear wheel drive.

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Sunday, July 10th, 2011 AT 3:44 PM
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See diagrams

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 AT 1:02 PM
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Thank you Doc. I did everything according to your first diagram and as I said first time it didn't come out. It is like something on top is holding it. I can't figure out the second diagram tho. Is that about the filter catridges after the gloves box is removed?

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 AT 3:32 PM
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Is lamp socket out? Yes second diagram for filters after glove box removed.

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 AT 4:04 PM
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Yes the lamp sucket is out. Moreover, the plastic screws under the screws 8 and 9 are out also. There is still something that holds the box at the top. It should come out nicely applying common sense pulling force. I really dont wanna break something inside. I even tried all the way around from the engine compartment but there is the flap there which wouldn't let me extract the filters out.
In any case I really do appreciate you help.
Thank you Doc.

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 AT 5:13 PM
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Take out sound insulator under box maybe you can get to back of box

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 AT 5:20 PM
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OK I'll do that. By the way. Here is the valve cover before and after. I did everything according to your instructions and the results made me very happy. I must confess that I'm not a painter and no skills before this job.
Thanx alot Doc

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 AT 5:31 PM
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And before.

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 AT 5:33 PM
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Sorry It didn't come thru both pictures to make the difference

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 AT 5:39 PM
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Covers look GREAT nice job need to get a glass hood to show off

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 AT 6:08 PM
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I'll cut off the hood and install a window. Wink
compared to how it was looking before i'm very happy.

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 AT 7:29 PM
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Hi Doc

I'm more than disappointed with that ****ty gloves box. It simply refuses to come out. Could be a clip somewhere in the back?
The bottom is coming out but the top holds back. I really don't know what's wrong with it. I took out even the ornament that is right above the gloves box but then I realized that it has nothing to do with it. Should I use a bigger hammer - wink

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Saturday, July 16th, 2011 AT 2:44 AM
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Try sliding a thin putty knife along top see if you hit something if not try and pry down on top of box

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Saturday, July 16th, 2011 AT 5:51 PM
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Hi Doc.

It will take a HARD JERK to remove it. There are slots on the top edge of the glovebox and tabs on the dash holding it all together.
I'll try your way tomorrow morning. Today I'm done with it. Mercedes used to be a totally different concept 25 yrs ago. Now we pay for the brand. I saw lots of cheap **** there - plastic and plastic and plastic all over. 5ive cents design.

Have a great weekend Doc and thanks alot.

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Saturday, July 16th, 2011 AT 11:17 PM

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