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Old 03-18-2007, 09:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Changing valve cover gasket

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I have got a 92 325is 5 speed and I noticed the valve cover gasket is leaking? Just looking for some info on how to replace this and if anyone has done it.

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Old 03-19-2007, 12:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey,
I have got a 92 325is 5 speed and I noticed the valve cover gasket is leaking? Just looking for some info on how to replace this and if anyone has done it.

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Hi there, I too am actually in the middle of doing thsi exact job on my 325is, it's not all that bad doing it yourself. I picked up the valve cover gasket kit from a BMW dealership by me, cost about ohhh $120 cdn I beleive *receipt is at home while I'm at work right now* It's not all that hard, you just have to be careful, check out Pelican Parts and tech data to see how to take it off.

Though I have the bonus of my best friend is a mechanic, as is my father so i've also got all the tools :P

Hope this helps even a little.
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Old 03-19-2007, 03:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks man for the info
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Hi there, I too am actually in the middle of doing thsi exact job on my 325is, it's not all that bad doing it yourself. I picked up the valve cover gasket kit from a BMW dealership by me, cost about ohhh $120 cdn I beleive *receipt is at home while I'm at work right now* It's not all that hard, you just have to be careful, check out Pelican Parts and tech data to see how to take it off.

Though I have the bonus of my best friend is a mechanic, as is my father so i've also got all the tools :P

Hope this helps even a little.

Here's the link on how to: Pelican Technical Article: BMW Valve Cover Replacement

SSjshadow, i hope you didn't really spend $120 on a valve cover gasket.
you can get them on pelican parts for about $25 usd.
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Here's the link on how to: Pelican Technical Article: BMW Valve Cover Replacement

SSjshadow, i hope you didn't really spend $120 on a valve cover gasket.
you can get them on pelican parts for about $25 usd.
I'm including replacement bolts in there also, those add up when there are 13 or was it 14 of them.

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Part : 11-12-1-738-608 E36 Cap Nut x13 for 6.56 each total 85.28
Part: 11-12-9-070-530 Gasket x1 47.00

And this is all in Canadian btw

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I dont know what canadian - USD is... but i payed $15 for my valve cover gasket off of pelican. (e30 so i wouldnt doubt that e36 would be $$$)

i just wound out that 120 canadian is about $102 USD, seems like kind of alot of money... those damn bolts really upped the price.
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its a pretty simple replacement. i wrote up a bit on how to replace them on 6cly e36's a while back but pelican has a good indepth step by step with pics.
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Hey, I looked over the pelican article, but I was wondering how much more is involved on my V8. Can I expect the same procedure or am I going to be in for a shock when I try to get the cover off, etc?

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Should be fairly similar. Again, bentley service manual is the most valuable tool on the planet.

On my M50TU, it's retardedly easy to get the valve cover off and replace the gaskets. Pull all your ignition coils (mark them), remove bolts, clean off old gasket, replace with new, silicone... done. You guys have the same motor as my 525i, so... should just be a matter of getting to the bolts themselves. Real easy job, took me about 1.5 hours the first time I did it.
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