Engine Oil Leak From PCV Vent Housing and/or Engine Inspection Plate on Mercedes-Benz CLK320

Problem Description and Possible Solution

An engine Oil leak may develop from the PCV vent housing on the valve cover and/or the inspection plate on the front of the engine.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 98,666 (40,000–222,000)
8 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
22 people reported this problem
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Kept smelling burning oil every once-in-awile. Researched and visually observed very small seepage from the inspection plate while car was running. Did not seep while engine not running. Bought the gasket online for $10. 30 minutes labor in my driveway. Spilled about a half cup of oil when I removed the plate. Smelled burning oil for a while afterwards because the oil leaked down into every crevice possible. No smell for almost a year now. Oil level constant
lober motors in Chicago Lincolnwood said it was the velvel cover leaking replace the gaskets
Change the head gasket cover the driver side is leaking oil
Small oil leak in front of engine problem not resolved
Just had our 2005 CLK 320 serviced for 1) oil change and 2) brake fluid changed, and the shop stated the following:


Wondering if this is something I can do myself. Appreciate any advice on this.
Oil leaking from valve cover area - relatively minor leak, but some smoking. About $320 to fix.
told it was a cracked valve gasket cover