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Old 08-23-2012, 05:16 PM   #1
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Possible source of major leak?

leaking almost a quart a week... have not been able to pin point it but think i finally got the general area of it...

there is alot of stuff in the way so getting a good picture was hard but its to the left of the dipstick behind the oil filter housing...

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a tube maybe? gasket? wanted to get some input before i just take it to the shop and spend a bunch of $$$
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:21 PM   #2
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oil filter housing gasket. gasket=$5. time=3-4 hours (DIY)

remove airbox, remove alternator.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:37 PM   #3
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Thats the same leak I have right now. Just bought the gasket today. Ill be putting it on this weekend.
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:17 PM   #4
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although i'd consider myself "mechanically inclined" i have no real mechanical background think i can manage? i've done some stuff ( waterpump/expantank & general maintaince) myself but never gone that deep into motor or messed with anything electrical


edit.. closest thing i could find to a DIY

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ing+gasket+diy

guess this is exactly whre i need to get to?
http://i.imgur.com/Z3Xal.jpg

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Old 08-23-2012, 06:35 PM   #5
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oil filter housing gasket. gasket=$5. time=3-4 hours (DIY)

remove airbox, remove alternator.
I would include a gallon of simple green (or other grease removal liquid) with some brushes.
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:36 PM   #6
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Yup, that's where that few dollar gasket sits.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:03 PM   #7
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quite easy diy just a lot of bolts, dunno how mango took so long, my 1st time in 2hrs, 2nd 1!

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=659100
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=422843

or if not good enough, google 'diy e46 ofhg'

check pulleys while they're off, dont need to remove the upper hose
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:08 PM   #8
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Its not a bad DIY it only took me 2 hours and most of the time was spent cleaning the car and drinking beer.

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