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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 09-16-2013, 10:48 AM   #1
Arnezie
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Did my valve cover gasket and wow was it shot

So decided after several months of small leaks around spark plugs and areas around the VCG I decided to change it. Such a simple job can't believe I was slightly intimidated to attempt this. 90 min later I was done. So if your thinking about it here is my tip be careful if yours is old like mine (164000 and it was the original )it will break apart and small pieces may fall into the engine. Forceps and a bright flask light help here I spent 10 min playing operation picking all of the pieces out. Click image for larger version

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Old 09-16-2013, 11:48 AM   #2
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So decided after several months of small leaks around spark plugs and areas around the VCG I decided to change it. Such a simple job can't believe I was slightly intimidated to attempt this. 90 min later I was done. So if your thinking about it here is my tip be careful if yours is old like mine (164000 and it was the original )it will break apart and small pieces may fall into the engine. Forceps and a bright flask light help here I spent 10 min playing operation picking all of the pieces out. Attachment 526813


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Good work. I discovered the same brittle components on my 120K engine. I got out any large pieces I could see. If I missed a smaller one or two I assume it will be drained in the oil or caught in the oil pump screen.

I've never seen a rubber gasket that brittle. Do you folks think it's the environment (high temp?) or the rubber that BMW is using?
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:46 PM   #3
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Did my valve cover gasket and wow was it shot

Well my car has lived it's entire life in Michigan so no extreme temps here. Got to be the rubber they use.


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Old 09-16-2013, 04:17 PM   #4
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I put shop rags in the bottom of the valve housing when taking the gasket out. That way I could trap most of the stuff and lift it all out at once. Make sure you pour some new oil on the stuff in there to re-lube it before you put back together.
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