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Old 06-10-2013, 03:35 PM   #1
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Replacing Valve Cover

I cracked my existing valve cover while replacing gasket about 750 miles ago and I'm now replacing it due to minor leakage. Should I install a new VCG or can I re-use the existing one that has only a few miles on it?

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Old 06-10-2013, 03:44 PM   #2
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You should replace your vcg anytime you remove your valve cover.
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:06 PM   #3
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You can reuse it to be honest. It's not a perishable gasket, like your head gasket or the VANOS gasket. I would be wary of the RTV areas though. Make sure those are cleaned off well and not damaged. You can DEFINITELY reuse the grommets assuming you already replaced those.
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:14 PM   #4
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Many with low miles have re-used and report no leaks after that.

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Old 06-10-2013, 04:47 PM   #5
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Yeah re-use it!
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:00 PM   #6
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As good as a new one after it's been pressed already? No.
Will it leak if reused and installed properly? Probably not.

Go for it.
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:05 PM   #7
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its rubber, and its almost new. reuse it, no need for a new one
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:30 PM   #8
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5-to-1 in favor of re-using.


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Old 06-10-2013, 06:51 PM   #9
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Fair enough but remember who voted for replacement when you get it all done and find out in two weeks that it's leaking and you have to pull it apart again because you didn't want to spend $20 to replace it.

Just kidding man, go for it. I've never tried re-using one, I've just been told they distort once tightened down. If other people say they've done it, give it a shot.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:26 PM   #10
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Fair enough but remember who voted for replacement when you get it all done and find out in two weeks that it's leaking and you have to pull it apart again because you didn't want to spend $20 to replace it.

Just kidding man, go for it. I've never tried re-using one, I've just been told they distort once tightened down. If other people say they've done it, give it a shot.
Yeah if he does a bad job of cleaning the surface and re-applying the rtv. I literally had mine off 4 times and it holds fine. Prepping the surface is key OP.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:26 PM   #11
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Fair enough but remember who voted for replacement when you get it all done and find out in two weeks that it's leaking and you have to pull it apart again because you didn't want to spend $20 to replace it.

Just kidding man, go for it. I've never tried re-using one, I've just been told they distort once tightened down. If other people say they've done it, give it a shot.
I actually almost didn't even post the question, as I thought everyone would say replace it and give me a bunch of $&/! for asking. Funny.


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I thought everyone would say replace it and give me a bunch of $&/! for asking.
OH, we haven't even starting doing that next!
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:00 PM   #13
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Can we turn this into a for sale thread?

I assume your interior is semi-mint and you will be starting your part out in a week?

I am looking for the driver's side kick panel when you get the chance, thanks!
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First of all, to all those saying it's only $20 to replace, you're wrong. Even the crap Victor Reinz VCG isn't that cheap. Second, you can reuse it assuming it's fairly new. The only reason you'd replace every time removing the VC is if you were using a paper or cork gasket, which this obviously isn't.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:22 AM   #15
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Can we turn this into a for sale thread?

I assume your interior is semi-mint and you will be starting your part out in a week?

I am looking for the driver's side kick panel when you get the chance, thanks!
I'm not selling anything.

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I'm not selling anything.
But you are taking the bait
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:25 AM   #18
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:39 PM   #19
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Anybody know a good link for OEM parts. I need a valve cover, as my wonderful husband cracked my while replacing gasket as well. Go figure SMH.
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:51 PM   #20
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I use www.thebmwpartstore.com for OEM parts. They are reasonable.


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