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Old 12-01-2008, 06:27 AM   #21
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:08 AM   #22
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i have the same creamy sludge on my oil...should i replace the oil as well once i put the new gasket?
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Old 12-09-2008, 10:02 AM   #23
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why did u take off the cabin filter assembly? i've done numerous vcg's on e46s and never taken that off.
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Old 12-09-2008, 10:58 AM   #24
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why did u take off the cabin filter assembly? i've done numerous vcg's on e46s and never taken that off.
why not? cabin filter assembly takes a minute to take off and frees up so much space to work.

Heck, I even pull it off to change the battery!









poor joke... i know
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Old 12-09-2008, 11:04 AM   #25
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why not? cabin filter assembly takes a minute to take off and frees up so much space to work.

Heck, I even pull it off to change the battery!









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Old 12-09-2008, 11:22 AM   #26
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Does anyone know the torque sequence for the valve cover bolts?
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Old 12-09-2008, 11:39 AM   #27
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I went from one bolt to the opposite side then the opposite side... ie: top right bolt to bottom left bolt and so forth.
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Old 12-09-2008, 03:36 PM   #28
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i have the same creamy sludge on my oil...should i replace the oil as well once i put the new gasket?
Probably a good idea to change the oil after a valve cover change.

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why did u take off the cabin filter assembly? i've done numerous vcg's on e46s and never taken that off.
I really don't know why you wouldn't it's just 4 screws and the rest just slides out and gives you so much more room. I don't get how you could tighten the nuts in the back without removing it.

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Does anyone know the torque sequence for the valve cover bolts?
I'm not quite sure on this either. But I figured since the nuts are tightened down so little and they are tightened on a rubber gasket that it wouldn't make a huge difference. Head bolts on the other hand I would definitely make sure I did this exactly to a service manual.
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Old 12-13-2008, 11:20 PM   #29
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Here is my 5 cents to this helpful thread. This is my HARD PLASTIC valve cover gasket. I was amazed how hard it got - no wonder I had this bad smell inside the car each time the engine warmed up. No idea how this thing could seal anything anymore LOL.

This job is both relatively easy and cheap (less than $100), so might as well do it before 100k. I waited longer and hence the smell, I believe (oil dripping on exhaust pipes just below).

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Old 12-14-2008, 12:04 AM   #30
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Here is my 5 cents to this helpful thread. This is my HARD PLASTIC valve cover gasket. I was amazed how hard it got - no wonder I had this bad smell inside the car each time the engine warmed up. No idea how this thing could seal anything anymore LOL.

This job is both relatively easy and cheap (less than $100), so might as well do it before 100k. I waited longer and hence the smell, I believe (oil dripping on exhaust pipes just below).

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Old 12-14-2008, 01:07 AM   #31
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have you done your vanos seals? I really regret not doing that when I did my VCG couple of months ago.

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Old 12-14-2008, 01:16 AM   #32
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have you done your vanos seals? I really regret not doing that when I did my VCG couple of months ago.

Nice right up bro.
Nope, haven't done that yet. I'm gonna try to do it within the next few months before the gasket gets too hard again.

Thanks for the compliments
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Old 12-14-2008, 01:18 AM   #33
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lol too late for me.
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This is a very comprehensive DIY. Outstanding candid shots. I completed mine last year.
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Old 12-24-2008, 07:57 PM   #35
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Old 12-25-2008, 02:55 AM   #36
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Great write up! Would there be any harm in using sea foam in the crankcase before doing the job?
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Old 12-25-2008, 07:43 PM   #38
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Great write up! Would there be any harm in using sea foam in the crankcase before doing the job?
Thanks!

Personally, I see no reason in using seafoam. Just, something unnecessary and a risk of causing engine damage. But I doubt it will make a difference before doing the job, so do as you wish.
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Old 12-25-2008, 10:20 PM   #39
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How did you get the gunk of your cover?
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Old 12-26-2008, 01:01 AM   #40
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How did you get the gunk of your cover?
Wiped away all the easy stuff with a paper towel. Then it was just a matter of spraying it with a hose, then degreaser, waiting 10 minutes, and repeating. I had to repeat like six times but in the end, it looked like a brand new valve cover.
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