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Old 03-16-2020, 07:27 PM   #1
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Major Oil Leak passenger side

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Im wondering what would cause a major oil leak once engine is warmed up ,atm ive been unable to visually see the leak but seeing as its a large flow i thought someone may have an idea. could it be the vcg or maybe the dipstick seal ? any positive feedback would be awesome. thank you in advance
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Ive looked and its slightly above and behind the dipstick. i cannot see past there without a hoist. any positive feedback would be awesome
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Right side (passenger side)is always the VCG. There is nothing else over there. Left side (drivers side) can be a number of things. Most common is the OFHG and pan gasket but the major oil leak as you describe it sounds more like something related to oil pressure like vanos hose, oil pressure switch or OFHG on the drivers side.
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Old 03-16-2020, 08:24 PM   #4
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Thank you Overboost . ive looked for pressure but its as the engine warms the oil starts . ill replace the vcg .
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Which year and model E46 do you have?
The USA models all have their dipstick on the left side, not the right.

FWIW, always use left or right side, from the perspective of sitting in the driver seat. All automotive documentation uses this basis. Never use the term driver or passenger side as it's ambiguous because a car can be RHD or LHD.
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i have the 318i 2005
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i have the 318i 2005
The N46B20A engine has the dipstick on the left side.
http://bmwfans.info/parts-catalog/E4...vel_indicator/
If your 318i is RHD then that would be the passenger side.

Its always good to include the relevant car information in your posts, or better yet put it in your user details so its displayed along with your username.
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