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#1 (permalink) Old 12-12-2004, 04:52 PM
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Hey all, been struggling with a VC leak. I replaced it (along with the plugs) knowing full well that this is one of the easier jobs on the car. I used Pelican tech articles http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticl...Valve-Cover.htm
to get the torque setting and looked at the directions to make sure there wasn't anything unexpected. Well, as I was tightening the bolts I was thinking that the 89 in-lb setting was too lite but oh well. Well, it in fact is leaking. I've torqued the bolts down some more-as much as I dared, and still some leaks. I cleaned off the surfaces and all was smooth, I used Permatex High-Temp RTV where I was supposed to and I tightened the middle bolts first and did the zig-zag thing on the remaining surrounding bolts.
So what do you more experienced bimmer dudes think? Thanks

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Take it back off... clean the gasket up.. and try again. .sometimes they dont sit right.. I've had to do mine three times or so before I got no leakes... and sometimes they just go on without a hitch... Try try again...

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Take it back off... clean the gasket up.. and try again. .sometimes they dont sit right.. I've had to do mine three times or so before I got no leakes... and sometimes they just go on without a hitch... Try try again...

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I just got done 'messing' with it again a few minutes ago. Took off the cover and cleaned everything off before applying some gasket maker sealer around the bolts that seem to be leaking. I really hope it doesnt take three times....we'll see tomorrow.

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Just make very sure that you don't apply much more torque than recommended - it's very easy to strip the threads on the head.

I just did the valve cover on my 93 a month ago - used a razor blade to get most of the crap off of the surfaces, then followed it up with brake cleaner to get rid of any residue. I followed the pelican parts tutorial as well - putting RTV sealant in the places they recommend and haven't had a leak yet. It shouldn't take that much torque to keep it from leaking...
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So I guess it wasn't really your A/C compressor that was leaking?

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