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Old 11-15-2012, 09:36 PM   #161
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BMW in N.J is quoting me for the VCG for $600.00!!!! I'll try to check Bimmer Clinic near Avanel...
Not surprised! Why not DIY?
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:02 PM   #162
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Not surprised! Why not DIY?

Yeah...probably you're right...I just don't want to mess up when it
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:04 PM   #163
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Yeah...probably you're right...I just don't want to mess up when it
comes to the engine...
Just follow the DIY carefully, ask questions if you have to-you'll be ok.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:05 PM   #164
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Just follow the DIY carefully, ask questions if you have to-you'll be ok.

Okay Thanks! I'll do that...
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:15 PM   #165
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Okay Thanks! I'll do that...
Yea! And make sure you have a torque wrench... Don't make my mistake (I actually made it 3 times in a row)
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:21 AM   #166
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Did you have any oil up the sides of your plugs?I have it on one plug ,and will replace seals today.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:30 PM   #167
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Round two tomorrow. Hopefully the cover pops off this time...
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:44 PM   #168
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Can't get the cover off for the life of me. It's stuck on there like glue. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:59 PM   #169
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I was very delicate with a flathead screwdriver around the whole thing.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:08 PM   #170
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Maybe it will help if you assemble it back then start the engine and warm it up for a few minutes then disassemble it again. Just a thought.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:19 PM   #171
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Can't get the cover off for the life of me. It's stuck on there like glue. Any suggestions?
My question might sound stupid, but did you remove all the screws/bolts?
Is it your first VCG replacement? Anyone did it before? Maybe they used the RTV? In that case, a flathead screwdriver will help.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:20 PM   #172
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Because the rubber gets brittle it you can free it near the oil fill hole and use that as your pull poin.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:31 PM   #173
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Maybe it will help if you assemble it back then start the engine and warm it up for a few minutes then disassemble it again. Just a thought.
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My question might sound stupid, but did you remove all the screws/bolts?
Is it your first VCG replacement? Anyone did it before? Maybe they used the RTV? In that case, a flathead screwdriver will help.
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Warm up the engine a little to make the rubber pliable.
Make sure you have all 15 capnuts out. Lift the VC straight up.
And use a small flat head slowly on the VC end, not the engine block end. You can easily replace the VC if scratched but the block is a whole different story.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:41 PM   #174
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After heating with hair dryer, I had to use a screw driver to slowly pry it up near the vacuum hose. After that Ianaged to get it off.

There were some minor superficial scratches on the block. Hope that's still okay.

Now I just have to get this friggin strut tower bar off.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:49 PM   #175
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Doing mine right now, and damn it was over due. Oil in all spark plugs took an hour to get the broken pieces of gasket out of the valve train. I do need help with one thing though. There is a strange whitish grease in the valve cover. It is also on the bottom of the oil cap. Here are a couple pics I took.







Anyone know what this is??

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Old 01-01-2013, 12:46 AM   #176
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That could be the result of a moisture build up from the condensation of the oil from the engine since you have a leak or assuming you have one due to an old valve cover gasket. Heat builds up inside the engine when car is running or engine is idling then if there is a leak cold air outside gets inside your engine especially in your case (Minnesota, as what your profile states). Heat meets cold equals oil turning into a milky white stuff. Changing the VCG should address this issue.
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:49 AM   #177
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Moisture - possibly coolant?

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There is a strange whitish grease in the valve cover. It is also on the bottom of the oil cap.

Anyone know what this is??
Definitely moisture contamination. Has that classic "cappacino" look. Hopefully, the other poster is right and it's from the leaky valve cover gasket. A more ominous possibility is engine coolant from something like a cracked head.

Clean all that stuff off, change the oil after you change the valve cover gasket, and check again in a few thousand miles for more whitish stuff. If more appears, you should be very concerned.

Also, check for signs of trouble in the coolant. Unexplained continual loss of coolant, engine oil in the coolant, ...
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:03 AM   #178
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What's everyone's recommendations for the brand of valve cover gasket? Genuine BMW, Elring, Goetz, Victor Reinz?

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Old 01-04-2013, 09:15 PM   #179
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For the RTV and the half moon placement, do you apply RTV to the sides of the U as shown in the previous pages or the sides + and U as shown on page 1?
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:45 PM   #180
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I did my VCG and spark plugs about 10 months ago following this DIY. Used RTV in the mentioned places, however I have been smelling that burning smell again and when stopped on a hill smoke enters the cabin through the vents, just like before. This problem was solved. Should I just pop the cover and torque it down a little more?
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