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Old 04-23-2016, 06:41 PM   #1
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Oil Leak and Burning Smell

Hi, I have a 2002 325i and I noticed some oil dripping onto a hose into the engine. I opened the oil cap and noticed some black sludge on it. I drove the car and then opened the cap again and this time white smoke came out and it smelled really bad like it was burning. I just had the head gasket replaced about 1500 miles ago. Any Ideas as to what this is? Below are some pictures of my problem. Thanks for the help.

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Old 05-02-2016, 06:41 PM   #2
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I'm guessing that the valve cover gasket is leaking around the half-moon areas and oil is dripping onto the lower radiator hose. That's what happened to me. If you have a burning oil smell, the valve cover gasket is probably leaking near the back of the engine right over the exhaust manifold. I didn't replace my head gasket, but did replace my valve cover gasket. I had to put RTV all around the gasket to stop the oil leaks. It doesn't take much burning oil to make it smell bad and create smoke. Took me 3 times, with extra RTV on the 3rd attempt.
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:19 PM   #3
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Chap above is spot on.

Likely the mechanic who did the head didn't use RTV on the half moons at the back. One of the things I like about the newer n52 engines - no more half moons.

Oil leaks there and drips onto your exhaust manifold, burning and is drawn into the cabin by the blower motor directly above.

About $50 to fix if you diy. Just use an elring gasket and avoid victor reinz.

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