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Old 08-14-2012, 07:31 PM   #101
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One more thing! Does the kit from fcpeuro even include the valve cover grommets???
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:36 PM   #102
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No, it is only the VCG.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:40 PM   #103
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Alright thanks man
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:47 PM   #104
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No problem. Good luck again. In my case I did not change the grommets since they all look pretty good. I just returned them from its original position.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:52 PM   #105
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Ya I'm just going to replace them as well. I might as well just to be sure.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:56 AM   #106
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Why does this need to be done?
What exactly is being changed and what is this process prevent?
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:46 AM   #107
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Why does this need to be done?
What exactly is being changed and what is this process prevent?
You could read the 1st few pages of the thread...?
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:23 PM   #108
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just finished the job. went pretty dang smooth except for trying to find a bolt for a good two hours lol but no more leaking oil so i'm pleased
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:47 PM   #109
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:51 PM   #110
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So my car is still smoking from the left rear of the engine after i did this job. Soooo confused. Anybody have any idea what else this could be from??
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:23 PM   #111
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So my car is still smoking from the left rear of the engine after i did this job. Soooo confused. Anybody have any idea what else this could be from??
Did you apply RTV sealant around the front moons and seams like this, and on the rear half moons?



If you use a mirror and light to look at the rear half moons, are they leaking?
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:49 PM   #112
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Damn. I only applied the rtv sealant to the front moons and not the rears.I just put my finger back there to feel for some oil but i didn't really get any on my hands.
Should I take it back apart and peel off the sealant on the front moons and just reapply fresh stuff to both the front and back, or could this just be oil burning on some pipes that was from the leak before i did the valve cover gasket?
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:04 PM   #113
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:11 PM   #114
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Shuuuuucks. haha alright I will get right on that.
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So my car is still smoking from the left rear of the engine after i did this job. Soooo confused. Anybody have any idea what else this could be from??
You sure that it isn't old oil from before that is burning?
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You sure that it isn't old oil from before that is burning?
That's what I'm thinking, yeah. But i just about have the valve cover off again so i can reapply the rtv sealant to both the front and rear moons, since I olnly did the front moons before.
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:37 PM   #117
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Just replace mine. Great post.
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:55 PM   #118
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I'm trying to do this job on mine. Everything was going smoothly until I got the valve cover off. In all the YouTube videos I watched the gasket came right off. However, my 2001 330i has 145k miles on it and the original gasket so the gasket is stuck in the valve cover pretty good. Is there some trick to detaching the gasket from the valve cover?

Also, having a similar problem with the parts of the gasket around the spark plug sockets, only they have pretty much turned to hard plastic. Any hints or help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 09-02-2012, 08:34 PM   #119
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No just be very careful not to crack the cover
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:35 PM   #120
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I'm trying to do this job on mine. Everything was going smoothly until I got the valve cover off. In all the YouTube videos I watched the gasket came right off. However, my 2001 330i has 145k miles on it and the original gasket so the gasket is stuck in the valve cover pretty good. Is there some trick to detaching the gasket from the valve cover?

Also, having a similar problem with the parts of the gasket around the spark plug sockets, only they have pretty much turned to hard plastic. Any hints or help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Try running the engine with the VC on for a couple of minutes. Just to get it warm enough, but not hot to burn yourself. Our blocks get very hot in no time. When its warm it might come off more easily.

Or may be try a blow dryer to heat the gasket. Prying with a thin screw driver very carefully not to damage the aluminum surface may help. But very gently.


Also clean the mating surfaces off oil and debris once its out before putting the new one in.

Be very careful in tightening the cap nuts, if you over tighten you will break a stud and you will have to do the whole thing again.
Ask me how I know and those studs and cap nuts are not very cheap at the dealership.

Once you get to a point where you feel the resistance on the washer, 1/8th turn of the wrench in a star pattern.
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