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Old 11-17-2004, 05:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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there's oil leaking from the side of where the engine cover is it drops on top of the metals and it burns i will post pic soon....... can any one tell me how to fix this witout seekin a mechanic
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Old 11-17-2004, 05:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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tighten the bolts up a little bit. if i am thinking of the spot u mean right.

if not, we're gonna need a photo
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Old 11-17-2004, 05:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Get a photo up....I've learned alot about leaks recently...but it sounds like your BMW dealer or Mechanic is about to get a fat X-Mas bonus out you...cha-ching.....sorry dude!
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Old 11-18-2004, 11:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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From the sound of it, you need to replace the valve cover gasket. They're pretty cheap (~$35) and it takes about 30 minutes to do.
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got the pics leak is from under the black cover ??
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Old 11-21-2004, 05:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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looks to be most likely, the valve cover gasket. you can replace it, as stated above by kestrel. about $35. if you want, you can tighten up the bolts around it for now (not too tight) and clean it with engine degreaser to make sure all the oil drips down. then check for the exact leak point.
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