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../54/545..."Frame>floor system"Technical Service Bulletin # Mercedes Benz Truck GL 550 S-01_20-32A Date: 120103

Engine - Cylinder Head Cover Leak Information

Date: January 3, 2012

Order No.: S-B-01.20/32a

Supersedes: S-B-01.20/32, April 2, 2010

Group: 01

Revision a: Star Diagnosis video information and revised text.

SUBJECT:

All Models with M272 and M273 Engines Cylinder Head Cover Leaks

Field inspections of suspected cylinder head cover oil leaks, have revealed that unnecessary resealing is being performed where the cylinder head

cover is not the root cause of the leak.

In cases of customer complaints of oil leakage, it is essential to determine the actual source. A proper remedy should be applied to avoid repeat

repairs and unnecessary workshop visits (refer to other publications on the subject). For your convenience, a video has been created which outlines

the proper procedure to help identify the source of engine oil leaks. The video is available as of the 11/2011 Star Diagnosis release and can be

accessed through the following path:

SDmedia--> Symptoms/Topics--> Engine--> AR - Localize oil leaks on major assemblies [Model Passenger cars]

The new generation of Mercedes-Benz engines have chemical sealers (sometimes referred to as "formed-in-place gaskets") applied to sealing

surfaces by robots during the engine assembly process. This engine sealing technique called the RTV (Room Temperature Vulcanizing) uses the

silicone rubber compound. This precise and uniform application of silicone at the factory insures proper adhesion and a leak tight connection that

very rarely leaks.

During necessary engine resealing repairs, care must be taken in preparing surfaces and applying silicone compound. Do not clean surfaces with any

abrasive materials or sharp tools. Only approved Loctite cleaning spray must be used when prepping engine surfaces (refer to published

documentation on the subject, such as bulletin S-B-01.10129(x)).

2011 Mercedes Benz Truck GL 550 (164.886) V8-5.5L (273.963) Page 89

Only 1 millimeter (+/- 0.2 mm) thick silicone bead should be applied uniformly to one side of sealing surfaces on a precise pattern (refer to Figure 1

and 2 and / or WIS doc AH01.30-P-1000-08V). A small amount of oil should be applied to camshaft bearings. Sealing surfaces must be assembled