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Old 04-25-2011, 04:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Oil Leak

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I have a 2002 325I E46 with an oil leak. I replaced the valve cover gaskets with no luck. As best as I could tell, it is not the oil pan gasket because it appears to be coming from above the gasket. The leak occurs following a ride at elevated engine RPM - 3500 - 4000. It trickles down from somewhere above the pan and steering components, but I can't see well enough into the depths of the hoses and components to locate it.

Before I waste any more time and money, does anyone have any suggestions so I may narrow it down and fix the problem. I cleaned the leaked oil from below the car and would like to fix it before everything down below gets all crapped up with grime again. Thanks!

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errrrr,a good mech.
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Great tasting pie. Please, I do my own work but need to save time / money. I have rebuilt engines on domestic cars but this is my first with "German Engineering". I would appreciate some helpful information instead of wisecracks from the bakery shop.
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good retort noob,your the type of guy we need round here.sorry i cant help,and i think the guys who could have gone elsewhere as the site is a shadow of its former self.By the way dont expect Germanany to produce anything better than anyone else,its a myth.
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Thanks Jimmy - all in good fun.
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The oil filter housing gasket is prone to leak.

Without looking at your car I can't really say what it is it, but that's a place you could look...

It's a beast to get to though...I replaced mine a few months ago and hope that's the only time it needs to be replaced.
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Afraid of that.

Oh well, rustle up my sleeves and jump in...

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Yup!

R & R'd the Oil filter Housing Gasket. While everything was open and I was in there, R&R'd the belts, Vanos Oil Line, Banjo Bolts / Washers, Steering Coupling, and the oil filter. No more oil leaks and handles great.

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