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  1. E46 General
    Hey guys I'm very new here! I need help to get to the bottom of this question! I did a recent valve cover gasket replacement on my E46 330i with a fresh gasket kit, I added RTV to the entirety of the gasket beaded surface as I had seen in a video where someone did this and said it was the...
  2. E46 General
    I am well aware that these cars are notorious for oil leaks around the valve cover. The valve cover gasket was replaced about 20k miles ago by the previous owner (as I was told). I have recently noticed some oil leakage on one of the top valve cover bolts near the engine lift hook (images...
  3. E46 General
    Hello guys, for the past week my e46 has been leaking oil from the front of the engine to the ground on the passenger side. Originally I had thought it was my valve cover gasket since it was a cheap rock auto one, so I ended up buying an OEM kit with new grommets and washers, I torqued it all...
  4. E46 General
    Hey guys, I'm going to replace my rocker cover gasket this weekend on my 325ti and I'm just wondering if these 'Loctite 5990 Premium Silicone Copper Gasket Maker/Sealant' would do the job when applying to the 4 corners? Any help appreciated thank you.
  5. E46 General
    Alright here’s the deal I got this 2001 325i E46. When I got it I checked the coolant looked fine. maybe a little low and a little old. It looked a little bit dark blue color. it was midday and bright outside. no back pressure from the oil cap when warming up oil fine a bit old but the owner...
  6. E46 General
    Be aware of this crap! They said it fits. It doesn't. The semicircles are absent up front and fit is extremely tight. I had OEM parts coming but absolutely needed the car tomorrow since my primary workhorse car needs a wheel bearing so got the fel pro from AutoZone. I guess I will have to learn...
  7. E46 General
    I jsut replaced the hard pipes on my 330i and went on to change the spark plugs as well. Once that was done, I started the car again and it was idling very rough with the tachometer dipping down to 300 and then back up to about 900. It began to die and it sounded like it misfired. Accompanying...
  8. E46 General
    After replacing my valve cover gasket, the middle right valve cover bolts stripped off with ease (2 of them), after putting it back together. Now I got a rough idle and a service light. Have not checked the codes yet. Is there a solution to this or do I need to replace my whole engine block...
  9. E46 General
    I recently replaced my valve cover gasket. New gasket kit and grommets are genuine BMW parts. The valve cover is not fully seated around the top right of the Vanos unit - see photos here Is this a normal condition or is this an issue with the valve cover - or something else? Engine is an M52TU.
  10. E46 General
    Today i did my Valve cover gasket. The job was easy until it came the time of taking the cover itself off. The 20 year plastic was so brittle that broke right away, sending pieces all over the head. I did my best cleaning up the mess with a rag, pliers and vacuum. I will add this as a bonus...
  11. E46 General
    I had this problem a few months back, and I assumed it was a valve cover gasket so I replaced that and the problem went away up until now. Not sure if the valve cover is leaking again, or if the oil is leaking from elsewhere. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  12. Driveline, Performance, Tuning
    I was under my car checking the tie rods when I noticed some oil on the plastic skid plate and under the engine. It's a 2005 ZHP with 165k miles. I looked around the valve cover gasket and didn't notice any oil leaking there. The valve cover gasket was replaced about 65k miles ago and the oil...
  13. E46 General
    Just got into changing my vanos seals and valve cover gasket while I am at it. So far I got the cover off but I accidently broke off the tubing for the part that plugs into the top of the valve cover in the front pictured below. http://imgur.com/QNsVi5j Does this whole assembly have a part...
  14. E46 General
    Just changed the valve cover gasket and 15 grommets on my e46. Previously, it smoked some and smelled like burning oil at idle. I put everything back together and took it around the neighborhood. Well it smelled like burning oil and about 5 minutes in, the yellow oil light came on. I immediately...
  15. E46 General
    All, I replaced the oil filter housing (OFH) gasket on my 2003 325i Touring two weeks ago. The left side of the engine had all the typical OFH leak symptoms. I cleaned up the area as best it could. I knew, though, that wasn't the only oil leak... I occasionally get a whiff of "burned oil...
  16. E46 General
    Took my 2004 325xi (80K miles) (first-owner) to trusty mechanic for a thumping noise in the front and to identify leaks under the car (started after I put two O-rings when replacing oil filter :shhh:). I did wait for a full week for the residual oil to finish dripping but finally gave in...
  17. E46 General
    Hi all Been driving my e46 318i with loving care for the last 5 years. I have been experiencing engine smoke coming from the engine bay during driving. It generally occurs when the car has been running for a minute or two, and happens for about 10 minutes and then goes away. It does come...
  18. E46 Showroom
    Hey Guys, Might as well start a build thread for my car. Unlike some of you amazing people here, I honestly don't have very many plans for my car. Now obviously I'm sure if I spend enough time here you people will change my mind, but I'll give you guys the break down I'm going to put it...
  19. DIY: Do It Yourself
    Hi everyone, Currently I am trying to replace my valve cover gasket because it is leaking. I have removed every one of the vcg bolts except for the far left bolt. It will not budge, and on top of that, it is very difficult to get to. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  20. E46 General
    just bought a relatively clean 2002 325i with 260,000k. Idle is quite smooth and no odd sounds. it does need vcg done immediately, I was also going to do the vanos seals, and spark plugs at the same time. Considering what Ive read on here about the usual VANOS symptoms, it may seem like the...
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