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Old 11-15-2012, 01:20 PM   #141
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Well determine the type of fluid it is. It's all easy to remove that cover under the steering column. Take s look around in there
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:40 PM   #142
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thanks! do u reckon maybe 15lbs torque will be ok for the housing itself?
I used 16 foot-pounds ..
Bolt is 8mm Grade 8.8
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:55 PM   #143
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Just a wild guess, but heater core? Does it smell like coolant?
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:26 PM   #144
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I used 16 foot-pounds ..
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Thanks man, I'll let ya know how it turns out!
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:25 PM   #145
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Just a wild guess, but heater core? Does it smell like coolant?
Isn't that usually passenger side?

I tried a picture, a bit fuzzy, but it is indeed leaking down the clutch shaft. On RealOEM they show an input and output clutch cylinder. Is that the master and slave?
Where is the slave cylinder on this car? (it's a 330Ci)

I can't tell by smell, my smeller isn't very good. The color is blue, as are my coolant and brake fluid. But, it's very blue, like my brake fluid. That's why I am thinking master or slave cylinder.

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Old 11-20-2012, 10:30 AM   #146
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Great post, thanks. I need work on the oil housing seal as the leak is getting worse. Both the Dealer and my local mechanic say that the oil housing should be replaced when putting in the new seal. This doubles the cost to have them do the work. I did not read this in the post. Just asking for some opinion about replacing the oil housing. Is this common for this fix?
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:01 PM   #147
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Both the Dealer and my local mechanic say that the oil housing should be replaced when putting in the new seal. Is this common for this fix?
That's the first I've heard of that, and I can't imagine why that would need to be replaced. There are no moving parts inside, it's just like an extension to the block.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:22 PM   #148
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By happen chance, I was at the local Dealer today to get some parts and asked the service folks why change the oil housing. They said you might not have too but that the housing can warp and even with a new seal it will still leak. Were they just trying to make a little more $$, who knows. Just what they said. Just because I am an old guy and tired of wreching on cars, I will just go with what they suggest, so if it still leaks I can complain and get them to fix correctly. Tired of pools of oil in the garage.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:24 AM   #149
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I used 16 foot-pounds ..
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i used those torques u mentioned, thanks! everything seems to be ok, i havent looked under car yet this morning, cleaning all that gunk from off the surfaces down there really sucks, i didnt get all of it, thanks again for the info, took me maybe 6 hours to do it, changed oil as well..
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:16 PM   #150
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funny, I changed my VCG (no leaks) as preventative maintenace.. and it's leaking with the new one :/
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:33 PM   #151
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funny, I changed my VCG (no leaks) as preventative maintenace.. and it's leaking with the new one :/
when i did mine it did too, like an idiot i over torqued the bolts, squished the gasket and caused leakage, loosened the bolts and stopped leaking, iirc the torque spec is maybe 7ft/lbs on vcg
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:45 PM   #152
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:20 AM   #153
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Oil leakage

I noticed an oil leakage under my 316 e46 2002 with N42 engine. I have been trying to figure out the source of the leakage. I need help badly. I made some pictures of the leakage and i hope it helps to solve my problem.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:48 AM   #154
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Bobo, You really should clean things up and then look to find your highest sources of leaks...and work down from there.

Oil/PS fluid will leak, drip down, blow back and can potentially cover everything. It looks like your valve cover is leaking, but you really should confirm things by starting fresh.

As I'm sure you learned from this thread, there are a number of strong possibles...it's hard for me to say from your photos what's probable, though.

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Old 11-23-2012, 06:57 AM   #155
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Bobo, You really should clean things up and then look to find your highest sources of leaks...and work down from there.

Oil/PS fluid will leak, drip down, blow back and can potentially cover everything. It looks like your valve cover is leaking, but you really should confirm things by starting fresh.

As I'm sure you learned from this thread, there are a number of strong possibles...it's hard for me to say from your photos what's probable, though.

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Dmax thanks for your great idea. I think it will be best to start all over again like you said.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:43 PM   #156
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Anybody know what this is? I noticed it after checking my coolant level, which was low, but I'm not sure if that relates to this.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:37 AM   #157
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Looks like baked coolant to me. I would first suspect that its boiling over from the radiator because the cap is not holding the pressure. Just my guess, I'm not a doctor and don't play one on TV.
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Isn't that usually passenger side?

I tried a picture, a bit fuzzy, but it is indeed leaking down the clutch shaft. On RealOEM they show an input and output clutch cylinder. Is that the master and slave?
Where is the slave cylinder on this car? (it's a 330Ci)

I can't tell by smell, my smeller isn't very good. The color is blue, as are my coolant and brake fluid. But, it's very blue, like my brake fluid. That's why I am thinking master or slave cylinder.

Thanks
Looks like you may need a clutch master cylinder.

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By happen chance, I was at the local Dealer today to get some parts and asked the service folks why change the oil housing. They said you might not have too but that the housing can warp and even with a new seal it will still leak. Were they just trying to make a little more $$, who knows.
I have only seen this happen once in about 6 or 7 years. Its rare, but can happen.

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Anybody know what this is? I noticed it after checking my coolant level, which was low, but I'm not sure if that relates to this.
You sir will soon need a radiator. Happened to mine a couple years ago. The plastic at the corner where the tube sticks out becomes weak and cracks. Might want to go ahead and replace it so it doesn't leave you stranded.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:43 PM   #159
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I noticed an oil leakage under my 316 e46 2002 with N42 engine. I have been trying to figure out the source of the leakage. I need help badly. I made some pictures of the leakage and i hope it helps to solve my problem.
i finally had it fixed. My valve cover gone bad. I had it replaced today. Thanks once more Dmax
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:25 PM   #160
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Anybody know what this is? I noticed it after checking my coolant level, which was low, but I'm not sure if that relates to this.
Same issue on mine just not dried up yet.







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