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Old 02-18-2013, 10:29 PM   #16161
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My VCG is leaking for the 2nd time, after we took it to the dealership. I smell something fishy..
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:07 PM   #16162
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My VCG is leaking for the 2nd time, after we took it to the dealership. I smell something fishy..
How soon did the problem come back after they fixed it? If it was under a year, they should warrants what they did.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:07 PM   #16163
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My VCG is leaking for the 2nd time, after we took it to the dealership. I smell something fishy..
How soon did the problem come back after they fixed it? If it was under a year, they should warrant what they did.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:47 AM   #16164
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How, or rather in what pattern did you torque the studs?
Did it many times already because of broken studs, leak at the VANOS and what not, I had to redo the VCG.
Torqued in a star pattern from middle bolt passenger side with torque wrench.

I am waiting to another VCG till the weather gets a little warmer.
This time its going to be OE or Goetz.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:47 AM   #16165
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:20 AM   #16166
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:52 AM   #16167
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:35 AM   #16168
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I highly recommend GENUINE BMW ONLY on VCG. It's not that much from the dealer. I had 3 VRs go out in a row. Now using BMW and dry as a bone on the desert floor in the middle of summer!!!!
i'll be sure to chime in if i run into problems.... i did get a quote from the dealer for the vcg - was more than 3x what i paid for non-genuine... still not what i would consider expensive but comparatively so, yes...

there have been enough success stories with non-genuine on these boards that i felt ok going that route (other than with the reinz gasket)... we'll see how it works out... if non-genuine fails early, genuine won't seem like such a bad deal then...

i was kind of surprised not to see any sign of rtv in the prescribed locations once i got the cover off... anyone else notice that? this was first vcg job on this car
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:40 AM   #16169
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:18 AM   #16170
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How soon did the problem come back after they fixed it? If it was under a year, they should warrant what they did.
It was around a month later.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:05 AM   #16171
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So I found a puddle of coolant under my car this morning, dashboard lit up and low and behold my tank is empty. Filled her up again and i seem to be losing coolant at a fair amount of time. I just changed the expansion tank and upper hose about a month ago. What should I be expecting?
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:06 AM   #16172
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:07 AM   #16173
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So I found a puddle of coolant under my car this morning, dashboard lit up and low and behold my tank is empty. Filled her up again and i seem to be losing coolant at a fair amount of time. I just changed the expansion tank and upper hose about a month ago. What should I be expecting?
Could be any number of things. That's why many people just replace everything at once. You could have blown up another ET if you overfilled it though.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:33 AM   #16174
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i'll be sure to chime in if i run into problems.... i did get a quote from the dealer for the vcg - was more than 3x what i paid for non-genuine... still not what i would consider expensive but comparatively so, yes...

there have been enough success stories with non-genuine on these boards that i felt ok going that route (other than with the reinz gasket)... we'll see how it works out... if non-genuine fails early, genuine won't seem like such a bad deal then...

i was kind of surprised not to see any sign of rtv in the prescribed locations once i got the cover off... anyone else notice that? this was first vcg job on this car
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:55 PM   #16176
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I just had to laugh at that
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today i decided to stop reading this forum so much spending money on upgrades and things that my car really doesnt need because its burning a hole in my pocket decomissioning my car and creating stress(fun) for unnecessary reasons. which is why we should all just be oem whores.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:19 PM   #16178
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:32 PM   #16180
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So I found a puddle of coolant under my car this morning, dashboard lit up and low and behold my tank is empty. Filled her up again and i seem to be losing coolant at a fair amount of time. I just changed the expansion tank and upper hose about a month ago. What should I be expecting?
Did you replace your cap?

Can you see coolant collecting on the top seams of the ET? or is it strictly from the bottom?

Fan switch, or lower radiator hose will leak on the left side of the car.

Right side can be many things, and either way, you will need to pull the splash shield off, and inspect while engine is cold.

I replaced my cooling system 12k miles ago, (all but hard pipe, and I forgot a new ET cap)
Below is an example of my bad cap vs. new cap on the left:
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Notice the lip is sheared, so it won't seal properly.
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