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Old 02-19-2014, 11:21 AM   #241
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Did this yesterday. Hardest part was finding the three bolts I dropped. Only one made it to the belly pan. Took me forever to find the other two. I bought a magnetic pickup when I first started working on this car.
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:43 AM   #242
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My VCG kit came in the mail yesterday. Going to knock it out when I do my vanos seals. Great write up OP
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:19 AM   #243
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During vcg change, the ultra copper rtv got smeared on the timing chain and some of it got locked inside.. was wondering if it would cause any harm? Im new here so any tiny bit of a tip is much appreciated, thank you fellas in advance!

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Old 02-20-2014, 11:23 AM   #244
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When it comes to BMW maintenance, consider a new friend. RTV should only go on the front like this:



Similar on the rear also.
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:26 PM   #245
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Thank you for the reply unfortunately learned about it a bit too late and I will definitely start doing my own maintenance from now on and of course doing more research before i do.

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Old 02-21-2014, 10:56 AM   #246
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Hard to say either way, it may stay on it may not. It might make it's way to your filter it may not. Seeing as the passages for oil are small throughout the engine I could see a potential for it to get stuck in one of those. Cross your fingers...
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Old 03-28-2014, 05:20 PM   #247
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Awesome write-up!

I just change my valve cover gasket. Thanks a lot for this write-up! I love internet.
I used the RTV sealant as mentioned in the post.
A question though: Does it come with sealant there from BMW? I did not see any old residue on the old gasket or the engine.
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:24 PM   #248
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The reason for the RTV is prevent failure again. The motors do not come with RTV from factory.
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Old 03-29-2014, 04:39 AM   #249
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If I change my VCG today (saturday) is it OK to go to the track tomorrow? The drive to the track is a little over an hour if that makes a difference. Thanks
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:58 PM   #250
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Did VCG a couple years/40k ago. Followed this tutorial. Worked great. But it was one of my first projects and someone who was "helping" went a little overboard with the RTV. I believe that's why it's leaking again. So I ordered a new VCG and I'm going to do it, alone this time. I'm at 135k now and was wondering if I should just pre-emptively do VANOS seals, don't feel like going in here a third time... Your thoughts?

There is a large build up of oil up front which has dripped down to the lower radiator hose and caused some bubbling on the hose. It was less than 20k old but I replaced it anyways. I would like to avoid oil ruining the new hose.
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:58 PM   #251
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Sorry. Double post. Stupid ipad.

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Old 04-25-2014, 09:10 AM   #252
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A note about the coil pack harness from someone that just did this job:

So I did my VCG, Vanos Seals, and Spark Plugs on Wednesday, and I wanted to share a note with everyone about a difficulty I ran into. First of all these instructions are fantastic.

When I went to remove my coil pack harness form the little clips, they started snapping one by one. I assume this is due to cars age (190k), harsh winters etc. etc. but I stopped touching it after snapping three clips. Turns out I was able to perform all of this work no problem without removing the coil pack harness. It just flipped on over with the valve cover and I handled it gingerly, removing the old gasket and installing the new one on top of the rest of the engine with a towel layed out on it. The coil pack harness is still fitted securely with the three snapped clips.

I'm sure I'm not the only one whose had this problem.
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:12 AM   #253
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If you are at 135k and have never done your Vanos Seals, then you aren't 'pre-emptively' doing them at all. 99% chance they are shot. I just did both of these on Wednesday. Vanos Seals added considerable time to the work, but highly doable. Also, since you're in there... when is the last time your Spark Plugs were changed?


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Did VCG a couple years/40k ago. Followed this tutorial. Worked great. But it was one of my first projects and someone who was "helping" went a little overboard with the RTV. I believe that's why it's leaking again. So I ordered a new VCG and I'm going to do it, alone this time. I'm at 135k now and was wondering if I should just pre-emptively do VANOS seals, don't feel like going in here a third time... Your thoughts?

There is a large build up of oil up front which has dripped down to the lower radiator hose and caused some bubbling on the hose. It was less than 20k old but I replaced it anyways. I would like to avoid oil ruining the new hose.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:32 PM   #254
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Great DIY, I just got my gasket today and plan on changing it on Sunday.

What keeps bugging me is that i can't find a torque wrench that i can use for this job (7.5ft-lb), i know some people say its not necessary but i plan on doing things properly on this car .

I'll also use it when i do the oil changes (18 ft-lbs) and some other small repairs, my budget is around 70$ any recommendations?
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:35 PM   #255
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is there a Harbor Freight near you?
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:40 PM   #256
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is there a Harbor Freight near you?
Yes there is and i have my eye on this one:
http://www.harborfreight.com/3-8-eig...rench-807.html

But i was looking for something better as i have the money. If i don't find any other within my range i might go with the Pittsburgh.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:44 PM   #257
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they have even smaller ones. same price but lower torque figures

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-4-qua...ench-2696.html
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:50 PM   #258
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they have even smaller ones. same price but lower torque figures

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-4-qua...ench-2696.html
Yes but i cannot use this wrench over 22nm and the oil filter cap needs 25nm lol i'm thinking ahead about future jobs on this car, i'm looking for something that can do between 10nm to atleast 100nm.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:56 PM   #259
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Yes but i cannot use this wrench over 22nm and the oil filter cap needs 25nm lol i'm thinking ahead about future jobs on this car, i'm looking for something that can do between 10nm to atleast 100nm.

I picked up an in/lb one from autozone for $20. It does 10-100nm just need a simple conversion.
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Old 08-16-2014, 05:15 AM   #260
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did this on tues or weds. definitely a back breaker. engine has 103k (2.5k/4wks from me) with unknown maintenance history. saw smoke in the morning after parking, had a day of driving the next day so talked my local dealer down from 90$ for the gasket and 5.xx$ for each grommet to 50$ (ecstuning 41.50) and 1.15 (same as ecs). started around 530 and between cooking dinner, spending time with the gf, cleaning up the garage and the test drive it was all finished around 2am.

car spent a few years on catalina island, so it was a relief to see a clean everything once the VC was off.

OP thanks for the write up!!
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