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Old 05-18-2011, 02:29 AM   #21
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If I was quoted $360, I'd probably have paid to have it done... but the shop I am going to asked for $660.
Easy DIY though, just takes time if you don't know your way around the alternator and the power steering pump.
These are worth reading if you are going to replace the gasket yourself:

https://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...housing+gasket
https://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=659100
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1350178
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:24 AM   #22
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Yeah in all I paid $390 and it took them an hour tops with a car wash
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:24 AM   #23
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Guys, after looking at the Lucas' DIY link, I started to see if I could do it. I had already removed the filter housing, MAF and Power steering reservoir. I stopped with the alternator. I'll ask for my uncles help and do it on sat. It doesn't look so hard when alternator is off. I'm getting the gasket tom. By d way on bavauto's website they recommend to replace seal rings on oil line when replacing gasket and maybe I'll replace vanos oil pipe too. Thanks for inputs guys
That link has all the details you need (just make sure you don't skip anything).

Alternator: start by disconnecting positive battery cable in the trunk. Then remove battery lead on the back of the alternator and disconnect electronic connector as well.

There are two bolts holding alternator (really easy to remove) - one is going through the idle pulley (so you need to remove the cap of the pulley to get there). Pay attention to the idle pulley when you remove it - there is a metal notch that needs to be aligned when you put it back on (just look at it, you will see it).

Once you remove the bolts you will need to wiggle the alternator down and up until it comes off (I used rubber mallet as well and tapped it couple of times) - it will be little bit annoying to put it back on but it will go back on.

Once you have alternator off you are home (I removed PS pump but I'm not sure if it's really needed).

Just make sure to clean the surface where OFH meets engine block (do not scratch it) - the same when you are removing gasket - be careful not to scratch anything.

When you put it back together, make sure to use torque wrench on OFH.

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Old 05-18-2011, 10:55 AM   #24
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I'm gonna replace the vanos oil line as well, all inoputs are noted and ready to work on sunday! thank y'all again!
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:03 AM   #25
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I paid $160 on labor and $10 for parts for OFHG.
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:14 AM   #26
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I paid $160 on labor and $10 for parts for OFHG.
KAMUSTA KABAYAN! I would have paid $160 if there's any around here..
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:22 AM   #27
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KAMUSTA KABAYAN! I would have paid $160 if there's any around here..
Ayos lang pre! The guy who fixed my car work in paul miller bmw. They even have the right to fix there car inside the dealer. I have to go back after 2 weeks just for the follow up. He wants to make sure there is no leak and he's gonna clean the engine for free.
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:41 PM   #28
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Had to pull out the receipts for this one... I paid $220 total to have mine replaced at my indie shop
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:45 PM   #29
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Had to pull out the receipts for this one... I paid $220 total to have mine replaced at my indie shop
not bad either
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Old 05-18-2011, 01:05 PM   #30
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I replaced my oil housing gasket when I refreshed my cooling system around march. Though the entire project took me an entire day, once you begin attacking the oil filter housing, your confidence skyrockets!!
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Old 05-18-2011, 01:08 PM   #31
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just wonderin, is FRAM engine oil brand any good? that's what my "12 yrs of exp. BMW mechanic" used.
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Old 05-18-2011, 01:12 PM   #32
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just wonderin, is FRAM engine oil brand any good? that's what my "12 yrs of exp. BMW mechanic" used.
He wants to see your car on his car lift with your engine on his cherry picker and your signature on the invoice.
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Old 05-18-2011, 01:26 PM   #33
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After working on OFHG I'll change oil myself, mobil1 0w-40
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:46 AM   #34
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I am currently doing this right now I have to tell i'ts impossible to remove lower bolt of alternator without removing the fan..
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:22 AM   #35
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just wonderin, is FRAM engine oil brand any good? that's what my "12 yrs of exp. BMW mechanic" used.



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Old 05-25-2011, 10:05 AM   #36
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this is a easy job for any good DIY'er. all it is is taking out stuff and putting it back. First time it took me about 2 hours. I bet I can do it in less the next time. and clean off the mating surfaces and put some RTV sealant and it will never leak again.
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Old 05-25-2011, 05:44 PM   #37
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I did it like 2 weeks ago.
It took 3 hours and wasn't that difficult.

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Old 05-25-2011, 05:52 PM   #38
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I am currently doing this right now I have to tell i'ts impossible to remove lower bolt of alternator without removing the fan..
I got mine out without removing the fan. Try using a wrench (instead of ratchet) from the bottom.
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:32 PM   #39
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Just finished DIY, Gasket wasn't broken, but it is kinda hard.. I took off the fan with 32mm wrench and mallet hammer that gave me a lot of room to work. Took me awhile to remove alternator, I had wiggle it using a screwdriver. I also had a hard time bolting front end of Vanos line, I tightened the back bolt before positioning the front bolt so I had loose it again. I Also washed the engine. I will monitor my oil once in awhile to see if there's any leak elsewhere I hope it was only the gasket. Very interesting DIY! Now that I know how to get in there, I can save money on changing belts, pulleys, alternator etc.. Thanks everyone!
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:35 PM   #40
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Now when people ask how much it should cost to change an OFH gasket, you can tell them "DIY. I did!"
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