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Old 10-07-2012, 07:32 PM   #1
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Pls. Help Me Identify Oil Leak

Greetings,

I just saw a poodle of oil in my garage and identified it as oil. I warmed up the car and looked around to see where it was coming from and it appears to be coming from the VCG, between the half moons. Car is 2004 330 Ci with 70k, and according to previous maintenance records, VCG and grommets were replaced at 60K by an indy mechanic. Please see picture below. Am I right to assume that I need to replace the VCG? I thank you in advance for your responses to this post.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:09 AM   #2
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Not sure, but possibly valve cover gasket?
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:08 AM   #3
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leak

Did you ever find the source of the leak?

Perhaps someone can chime in and identify the source of the oil leak from the pics? i attached a pic too. 330i.

Thanks
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:35 PM   #4
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Did you ever find the source of the leak?

Perhaps someone can chime in and identify the source of the oil leak from the pics? i attached a pic too. 330i.

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It's your Oil Filter Housing Gasket (OFHG) not the VCG. The VCG normally leaks on the passenger side near the firewall. There are several DIYs on this website about OFHG replacement.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=519743

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Old 11-19-2012, 04:38 PM   #5
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Greetings,

I just saw a poodle of oil in my garage and identified it as oil. I warmed up the car and looked around to see where it was coming from and it appears to be coming from the VCG, between the half moons. Car is 2004 330 Ci with 70k, and according to previous maintenance records, VCG and grommets were replaced at 60K by an indy mechanic. Please see picture below. Am I right to assume that I need to replace the VCG? I thank you in advance for your responses to this post.
Looks like your camshaft position sensor (intake side). This site has a DIY on the main DIY page for this replacement/leak fix. http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=519743

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Old 12-01-2012, 01:01 AM   #6
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Here is what my leak looks like on the garage floor.

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Old 12-01-2012, 01:23 AM   #7
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Really yow... Oil on the floor!!!... Show us a pic of under the car if you really need help... Else, don't waste time...
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:30 PM   #8
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Replace your valve cover gasket and oil filter housing gasket....might as well replace the spark plugs too while you're there....your car will thank you!
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:59 PM   #9
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Valve cover gasket was done last year. I bought the oil filter gasket today.

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Old 12-01-2012, 08:32 PM   #10
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I would suggest also replacing your Vanos oil line along with new crush washers while you're in there.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:50 PM   #11
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Looks like a VCG. Something to try if you have not replaced it yet is to spray off the engine of all the old gunk. Not only is a clean engine a happy one, its easier to see where stuff is leaking from.



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Old 12-16-2012, 09:11 PM   #12
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I just replaced my VCG before i did there was leaking on my exhaust causing smoke after VCG repair it stopped now the only leak i have is my oil filter housing but its less severe than the VCG.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:15 PM   #13
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IF you decide to do the VCG DIY i paid someone and then i replaced my vanos and realized how easy it would have been to replace the VCG so lost $202 to the mechanic for something i could have done.Im an idiot.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:23 AM   #14
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I Agree ....the valve cover gasket and the oil filter houseing gaskets are very common and will have tearing your hair out trying to isolate the problems. You might as well go ahead and get it over with because its going to be a problem at some point . just dont wait until it gets worse . Dig in and fix it! Its not hard!. It will take some time ? but? your Beemer is worth it!. Be good to your beemer so it can be good to you!!!!!. LOL!
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:21 PM   #15
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E46705

Did you ever figure out the problem? I have the exact same situation to the point your pics will do.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:40 PM   #16
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Did you ever figure out the problem? I have the exact same situation to the point your pics will do.
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