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Old 01-22-2015, 12:03 AM   #1
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White smoke coming out of engine. 2002 330ci

As the tittle says, I have a 2002 bmw 330ci and there's this white smoke coming from under the hood of the car. When I run the car for about 5-10 minutes the smoke begins to arise. It smells like oil, or something burning. I had my valve cover gasket replaced in hope to fix the problem, but it still persists. While at a red light I see the smoke and the smell gets in the car. And no the exhaust is fine, no abnormal amount of smoke coming from there, only the engine. Also the oil in the car is slowly going down, not a lot but whenever I check it, there's just a little bit less than. Any insight would really help. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:17 AM   #2
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what type of Valve cover gasket did you use?

ever changed your Oil filter housing gasket?

vanos line leaking?
slammed e46
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:40 AM   #3
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I just ordered a gasket online and installed myself. I made sure to seal it off properly but I don't think that was the problem. For the other 2 items you asked about, I just did some research on it but I don't think that's it. I've noticed that when I open the hood, the smoke is originating on the left side of the engine (underneath) and from what I've found is that those two items you stated, are both on the right side of it.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:20 AM   #4
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The pictures in this thread by 330ciandr6 may be helpful.


Good luck.
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