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Old 11-09-2012, 02:30 PM   #21
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Is the engine burning/consuming the oil. ie. does the level on the dipstick go down.
Oh ok, lol well, a little bit... But just a little bit!
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:32 PM   #22
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well that means the engine is burning oil excessively. either piston rings are leaking very bad (compression test), or the oil is getting into the engine from the intake.
the hose has oil in it is normal because thats what it's for - collecting oil vapor.
I did my compression test before I changed the oil separator couple of months ago and it was good. Why would the oil get through the intake?
And I am glad that it is normal for the hose to have some oil in it... it makes sense. I was worried that my oil separator is going bad again for some reason.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:39 PM   #23
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:41 AM   #24
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Read this http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=897616
This is a thread by jfoj! It helped me solve my problems with my oil separator. And my problems were horrible!
First of all, my car was driving like crap for several months because I couldn't find a vacuum leak... Thanks to jfoj, I found out that the hose from my oil sep to dipstick is broken in half. Also, after I replaced that hose, I found out, again thanks to jfoj, that my oil separator is faulty, because everytime my oil got boiling the oil sep was sending the oil (and ALOT of oil) somewhere, where it shouldn't have, and my car was smoking... Imagine the worst possible amount of smoke coming out of the exhaust.... It was smoking worse then that!
So really, besides the small symptoms... if your oil sep goes bad, you will know it lol
I don't think you car really test it by disconnecting hoses or opening the oil cap... BUT, if you looks at it and looks messed up and oily like my did, probably its time to change
Thanks for the info.
I guess the CCV needs to be changed on my car - i already got the parts, now to summon the energy for this DIY.
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For the OP...if you added anti-leak stuff repeatedly to the oil, that could cause issues. I can't say what issues exactly, but I don't think it'd be good.

What product did you use and how much of it? If you haven't drained the oil since using it, I certainly would. Not only does that stuff clog leaks, but it could gunk up other things that you don't want clogged up...like, say, the guidetube. Also, someone asked what oil you were using...and using the right oil does make a difference.

Does your oil say "approved bmw LL-01" on the bottle? If so, that's fine, but you should still change it to get that leak stuff out of there.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:55 AM   #26
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Thanks for the info.
I guess the CCV needs to be changed on my car - i already got the parts, now to summon the energy for this DIY.
I'll be honest: It is easier than it looks or than everybody else says lol The hardest part for me was to find couple of bolts that hold the wire harness. Just use the small mirror and that will save you a lot of time!
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:58 AM   #27
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For the OP...if you added anti-leak stuff repeatedly to the oil, that could cause issues. I can't say what issues exactly, but I don't think it'd be good.

What product did you use and how much of it? If you haven't drained the oil since using it, I certainly would. Not only does that stuff clog leaks, but it could gunk up other things that you don't want clogged up...like, say, the guidetube. Also, someone asked what oil you were using...and using the right oil does make a difference.

Does your oil say "approved bmw LL-01" on the bottle? If so, that's fine, but you should still change it to get that leak stuff out of there.

Yea, I was completely reckless with that crap... But that was before I became a member of this forum and before I became a DIYer I ordered the original BMW oil yesterday. I will certainly clean up the drain hose and also the drain holes on the dipstick tube. Hopefully that will solve my problem!
I used the LUCAS and some other one from Walmart
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