eww that was a nasty problem that was hard to find. I got it all fixxed, turns out there was a hairline crack right under the oil cap that was causeing oil to drip out and run down pipes onto the exhaust manifold. a little welding fixed this problem. The other problem was the valve cover gaskets, they were leaking oil profusely, which had also caused my spark plugs to foul out (oh yay!!). My crankshaft seal still needs to be replaced, but the oil drip is so small, you would spend 2 days trying to gather a tablespoon of oil.
Robo i would seriously suggest replacing the cap and having the threading and such checked for any cracks at all, as it was a problem that was not easily recognized.
Just to give you an idea of my costs , 300 for full valve cover gasket install (i was going to do it but i dont like being responsible for screwing up my engine if i applied the silicone incorrectly to the gaskets) + $40 for new spark plugs. i had some other stuff done including power steering hose, ac belts and ac housing(it was cracked). for a grand total of $700(ouch!!). I found out what BMW stands for ~ BMW = bring money withya.
Well anyhow problem fixed and broke again.... the BMW saga continues
Thanks for the help everyone!!!
Last edited by kc740i; 12-03-2005 at 11:30 PM.