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Old 04-21-2013, 03:06 AM   #351
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Originally Posted by carpevita View Post

Just completed a gasket change on my 2002 330Cic with 166000 miles.
Ordered the gasket from Bavarian auto. The forum provided excellent guidance.

After bolting it all together, have a leak at the rear bolt. I've tightened it as much as I dare.. More than the other dry bolts... I'm at a loss for the reason for the leak.

Interesting point. As you all know, the gasket slides into a slot in the valve cover. When I inserted the replacement gasket into the slot, the rubber was a little (3mm) taller than the slot. This led to the gasket not sitting against the flat portion of the valve cover. Is this normal? I hope you can picture what I'm trying to describe. I'm wondering if this could be the cause of the leak.

I've read some guys had leaks from other than genuine BMW parts.
What do you all think... Whats my next move?
Thanks Dan
Are you positive you didn't tighten down the valve cover on one of the vacuum hoses that go around the back of the valve cover?

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