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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 10-29-2005, 05:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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do i need a new gasket for valve cover ?

i'm going to remove my valve cover to paint it do ineed to replace the gasket or can i get by with leaving the one already in there ? thanks.
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Old 10-29-2005, 06:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yes u should replace it. it is recommended that everytime u take the valve cover of u should replace the gasket. i tried to do the same thing as u and take the easy way out. i took off my valve cover and did not replace the gasket. after a while i found out that oil kept leaking out of the sides. u will just make more work for yourself in the future if u dont replace it now. good luck. PS the bolts are 10mm.
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thats what i thought. i'll get another gasket before messing with it.
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Old 10-30-2005, 09:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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thats what i thought. i'll get another gasket before messing with it.
This would be a good time to check and see if you have any sludge and if it is present you might want to use Auto-Rx.
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