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Old 03-23-2014, 01:57 PM   #1
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Valve Cover Gasket

I can't get this ****er off , it looks like someone glued it on or something. check it out.

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Old 03-23-2014, 02:48 PM   #2
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I had the exact same problem...............so, I placed a large screw driver under the port tube where your hand is and levered it up. I recommend a rag between the port tube and large screw driver.
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Old 03-23-2014, 04:02 PM   #3
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I had the exact same problem...............so, I placed a large screw driver under the port tube where your hand is and levered it up. I recommend a rag between the port tube and large screw driver.
Will try that now, I am afraid of breaking/cracking the cover though
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:48 PM   #4
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Well after a long day, I finally got the valve cover off and placed the new rubber seals in and put it back on with sealant. (changed spark plugs at the same time also)
Now I just turned the car on and drove about 5 feet and it started smoking like hell, also noticed a huge oil puddle where I was fixing it. Im guessing it started smoking because all the oil dripped out, but then again I am not a mechanic and don't know.
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:24 PM   #5
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If oil leaked onto the exhaust manifold this is going to smoke significantly. If you have a bunch of oil under the car, a lot of oil has come out when the cover has come off. This will always leak down the exhaust side of the engine, and hence the smoke. Have a good look down that side and give it a good clean up. With the car going, ensure no more oil is leaking from this side of the valve cover, and it is just residual oil that is being burnt. If this is the case, the smoke will eventually go away.
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:08 PM   #6
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Before you put the new valve cover gasket on, did you use RTV sealant, front and rear, at these points:

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Old 03-25-2014, 08:16 PM   #7
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So I brought it to my bimmer guy and at first he said I did a good job putting the valve cover on, and yes I used the RTV sealant. Today he took a closer look and it looks like I broke the valve cover... oops...
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