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Question spark plug tube seal leak...

hello. i drive a 1991 318is, and i have a slight oil leak in the spark plug tube. i was wondering if i could use a high temp silicone gasket maker to tempararaly fix this problem...? if not where is the best place to buy a valve cover gasket set that includes the plug tube seals? also does anybody kno how hard it would be to replace the timing belt myself, or if i should take it to a pro?
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yes, u can... but you'll still need to remove the valve cover. the better idea is to change the valve cover gaskets. they're cheap.

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Timing belt replacement. If u haven't done one before, better to seek the assistance of a mech, or have it done. wrong alignment of the crank and cam will bend or break your valves.
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thanks for the input. ive done a couple of timing belt replacements before on honda's, but i havent touched a timing chain, and i had read somewhere that my car has a chain instead of a belt. so... any differince in replacing the two?
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you are correct!. your car uses a timing chain....

Theoretically, timing chains last the life of your engine. so unless u hear grinding noises from the chain guides wearing out, you'll be fine ;-)
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the timing chain doesnt have to be touched for the valve cover replacement.... yeah replace it! Auto Parts Warehouse | Car Parts, Truck Parts & Auto Body Parts Online - Free Shipping on most Auto Accessories & Performance Parts - AutoPartsWarehouse is where i got the ones for my seven Great quality Gaskets!

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there is a slight noise coming from the front of my motor, but i dont think its my timing chain... i had heard that timing chains were supposed to last the life of the car, and i know this isnt saying much, but i broke a timng chain on an older dodge shaddow a few years back and since then ive wondered about that theory. with european built cars i dont think i have a whole lot to worry about though. thank you guys for the help!

a little off subject but does anybody kno how hard it might be to turbo charge the m42? i kno the basics... but would i need to change the internals?... or should i build it n/a? im just looking at different options.
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