engine top rattle e230 est 1997

mark mercedes

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found a loud ratttle in a unit at the top front of the engine, looks part of the cooling system connected to the radiator top hose. what is this unit? is this likely to be a costly repair? assume water pump behind centre pulley...

any help appreciated, trying to save my te from the scrap heap!

yours

mark
 

Smudge

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Sounds like the bush in the end of the belt tensioner gas strut to me. Does it get quieter as revs increase?
 

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