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Old 06-06-2014, 12:24 AM   #1
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Valve Cover Gasket fail problems HELP!

Gasket is replaced so thats good. While reinstalling I sheared the center stud in the front. (Pic 1) Nearest BMW shop is 65 miles away so can I get away with driving it with it missing? If Not can I seal it with RTV and drive it? Second this little brittle tube next to O2 sensors decided to snap since I wasn't having a bad enough time already(Pic 2). So what is it, what do I do about it, and can I drive with it? I seriously have no way of getting to a bmw dealer/shop without the car so driving is my main problem. I can patch them to get me there and plan on fixing them straight away.

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Old 06-06-2014, 02:14 PM   #2
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That tube is a vacuum line. Replace it with generic vacuum line from your local parts store. Or tape it temporarily no biggy

The broken stud. no biggy. you could drive around the world with it broken. worst case you'll have an oil leak.

you're good to go. flip your ponytail and drop it in drive until you can fix it
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:18 PM   #3
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That tube is a vacuum line. Replace it with generic vacuum line from your local parts store. Or tape it temporarily no biggy

The broken stud. no biggy. you could drive around the world with it broken. worst case you'll have an oil leak.

you're good to go. flip your ponytail and drop it in drive until you can fix it
what? what??? i think you are bipolar. or someone hacked your account. the way you move between e46 maintenance nazi and "it's all good man" is artful.
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what? what??? i think you are bipolar. or someone hacked your account. the way you move between e46 maintenance nazi and "it's all good man" is artful.
i'm not going to tell him to tow his car to a dealer due to a vacuum line or busted valve cover stud. OP thinks it's an emergency when it's not. obviously he should fix these but it's not a tow-or-die situation
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i'm not going to tell him to tow his car to a dealer due to a vacuum line or busted valve cover stud. OP thinks it's an emergency when it's not. obviously he should fix these but it's not a tow-or-die situation
agree 100%. i just didn't expect you to be the one.
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:32 PM   #6
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Agree with Mango. I had the same problem and I drove to the dealership for 10 miles and all was fine.


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Old 06-06-2014, 02:34 PM   #7
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Agree with Mango. I had the same problem and I drove to the dealership for 10 miles and all was fine.


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+2. You obviously want to get this stuff fixed but its by no means an emergency.
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what? what??? i think you are bipolar. or someone hacked your account. the way you move between e46 maintenance nazi and "it's all good man" is artful.
+1 I was thinking the same reading his post!
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I suggest temporary fixes all the time when someone asks if they can "get by" while they wait for parts, wait for mechanic, etc. Some people see only what they want to see. Gotta read it all
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Thanks all for the replies. Update is she drove this morning but with the broken stud I'm guessing the foremost coil pack isn't grounding right so it was a little Skippy
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