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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
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Old 02-18-2009, 06:47 PM   #1
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Valve Cover Gasket

I have a leaking valve covergasket 126k on a 2000 323 ci m52.

When I went to replace it the new gasket from the dealer does not seat fully into the valve cover. I was told by the dealer this is normal but the gasket I took out sat flush with the lip of the valve cover. This new protrudes about 3 to 4 mm up from the valve cover channel it sits in.

Does anyone know if this is the way it is supposed to fit.

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Old 02-18-2009, 06:58 PM   #2
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Interesting. You can never trust the dealers, as some of them are really incompetent. You are 100% sure that they gave you the proper gasket?

If so, I say it's okay. Tighten it down with the proper torque specs and see how it goes. If it leaks, go to your dealer and
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:34 PM   #3
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Yes it is the same part number I see on realoem.com so thats why I am concerned since it does not sit flush down in the valve cover channel.
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