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Old 04-08-2011, 10:43 AM   #1
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Question Does this LOOK like a Valve Cover Gasket leak?

I just had them replaced a week ago at Impressive Auto in Maspeth Queens, NY but I keep finding what looks like fresh oil under the car every morning. I checked everywhere in and under the car and could only see what looks like fresh oil dribbling from under the Valve Cover.

I want to be sure before calling John back to complain.









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Old 04-08-2011, 10:53 AM   #2
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It certainly _looks_ like a VCG leaking.

It also looks like they did not clean the mess from the last VCG that leaked, making it difficult to tell if the new one is leaking or the old one is leaving a legacy.
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:50 AM   #3
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Thanks JD. That is what I thought. I am calling John right now!
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:52 AM   #4
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Threads like this and personal experience is what keeps me from taking my car to the dealer or other shops.
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:03 PM   #5
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shoulda done it yourself bro! for someone that seems to love to investigate BMWs and dig deeper into dealer offered options, you def could have done this yourself with a few tools.

best rule ever taught to me from a friend: When something goes wrong, and you think you can fix it, buy the tools to fix it. You'll easily pay for the tools with the money you save on labor costs, and the next time, there won't be a tool cost. Not to mention you have the peace of mind knowing that it's done right!
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:03 PM   #6
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Should of done one of your "this changes everything" threads instead of giving the job to a shop. Given the all-over-the-place nature of the leak, they could well of stripped one of the VG bolts. So the cover is not held on tight and oil is coming out of multiple places. You can't expect a non-dealer shop to know the correct torque spec. So an error is easy for them to make.
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:08 PM   #7
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Delmarco!!!! I thought you of all people would DIY it!!
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:16 PM   #8
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Delmarco!!!! I thought you of all people would DIY it!!
Let the man be. I don't think he has quite recovered from having to fix the fuzzy A-pillars yet.
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Yeah delmarco not sure who is to blame. Impressive or you for not DIY.
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Come on delmarco. Should have.DIY. all it really takes is a rachett, 10mm socket, 8mm and a flat head screw driver. For parts you need a VCG and some RTV. I have the whole process down to 30 min.

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Old 04-08-2011, 12:25 PM   #12
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Delmarco!!!! I thought you of all people would DIY it!!
I was gonna. But John was only charging $100 for parts and labor and EVERYONE from Montreal to Key West and NY to LA highly recommends him.

Had I done it myself after buying the gasket and a torque wrench it would have cost me just as much.

I was being lazy is what it is.
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:26 PM   #13
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delmarco, i do not specifically remember doing work on your car. If we did do the work we stand behind our work. Judging from the picture you may still have a leak over the A/C compressor which could possibly be your VANOS seal leaking. We would be more than happy to take a look at that for you. Please contact us about any problems, or issues prior to posting threads. If the valve cover gasket job was not the issue then this thread would be irrelevant. We are extremely busy over here and do not have time to look through every thread so for future reference please call us about any issues.
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delmarco, i do not specifically remember doing work on your car. If we did do the work we stand behind our work. Judging from the picture you may still have a leak over the A/C compressor which could possibly be your VANOS seal leaking. We would be more than happy to take a look at that for you. Please contact us about any problems, or issues prior to posting threads. If the valve cover gasket job was not the issue then this thread would be irrelevant. We are extremely busy over here and do not have time to look through every thread so for future reference please call us about any issues.
Hey John. No worries. I just wanted to be sure it was the VCG before calling you since I know how busy your shop is.

I will be calling you in a bit.
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:39 PM   #15
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Had I done it myself after buying the gasket and a torque wrench it would have cost me just as much.
I am absolutely shocked you don't have a torque wrench. My respect for you has been seriously dented.
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:30 PM   #16
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When I did my VCG, I took my time.

I replaced the:
  • perimeter gasket
  • spark plug gasket
  • oil fill cap gasket
  • 15 grommets
  • 15 bolts and washers
I cleaned the valve cover thoroughly with soap and water and the head with brake cleaner until it was spotless.

I used RTV as per BMW TIS and used a torque wrench for the bolts.

The bolts were torqued from the center and radiated outward in a star pattern to ensure even tightening along the perimeters.

I see a lot of folks who DIY and just wing it without replacing all these parts and not using a torque wrench.

IMHO, no one cars about your car as much as you yourself does. Thats why I like to do as much as possible on my own.
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