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Old 01-16-2016, 11:05 PM   #1
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E46 Valve Stem Seals (Adelaide)

Hi all

I have a 2002 316i sedan (N42) that is starting to blow smoke after mid to long idling at traffic lights etc. My mechanic has mentioned that he believe the stem seals are on the way out. Car has done ~156,000km

Im currently using about a litre of oil every 3-5 weeks depending on my travel requirements for work. I've been quoted anything from $3-7K to get this sorted due to the unknowns of whether or not the guides need to be done as well.

Like to know if any fellow SA owners have had this done, where and approx how much?

Doubt I could DIY.

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Old 01-17-2016, 02:17 AM   #2
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7k? Better off just getting a new car
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:03 AM   #3
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Or may be just replace the whole engine. My guess would be less than 3k.
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:28 AM   #4
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Old 01-19-2016, 05:59 AM   #5
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I did mine few years ago in Melb,was like 1400,also new rocker cover gasket and vacuum pump gaskets.Also if its been leaking for a while,big chance that your pre cats are gone or about to go.
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Old 01-30-2016, 11:40 PM   #6
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I'm about to do mine on an M54, but I'm pulling the engine and rebuilding it, I'm in Adelaide.

From what I've read, it is unlikely your valve guides need replacing, and it is possible to do this without removing the head (although it makes it trickier).

Selling a mostly complete M54b30 though if you are a bit of DIYer and want a better engine
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Old 01-31-2016, 06:10 PM   #7
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I did mine few years ago in Melb,was like 1400,also new rocker cover gasket and vacuum pump gaskets.Also if its been leaking for a while,big chance that your pre cats are gone or about to go.
DO you still have the car ? How did the repairs hold up? Where was it done ?

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Old 02-01-2016, 06:39 AM   #8
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DO you still have the car ? How did the repairs hold up? Where was it done ?

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Yep,little rattler still going strong.Cyl 1 and 4 sparkplug/coil gaskets were leaking slowly so i changed them just last week.Had a second look my cover gasket and vacuum pump,pretty sure he didnt changed the gaskets but just fixed them up with silicone,cover gasket was ok,had to clean and replace vacuum pump seals.I cant remember place name ,but its located in West Heidelberg just behind a bus depot.I think his name is Nick.Its like a bmw wreckers/slash repair shop.
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