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Old 01-04-2010, 08:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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05' 545i... DIY valve cover gaskets..?

OK so i have a 05 Bmw 545i and i attempted to do a valve cover change job and let me tell you its a BITCH! I removed everything out of the way on the left side of the motor and now that all the bolts are out the valve cover won't come out. It is stuck because the limitation of space and also the main thing that it is stuck on is the cam sensor in the rear. Also the tubes was stuck and took me nearly 2 hours to unfree. Someone was telling me that i have to drop or raise up the motor just to make room to take out the valve covers. So does anybody here knows a way on how i can take out the valve covers?




As you see there is absoloutly no room in the rear of the valve cover due to the shock walls.
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi,
Did you finish your project? I am working on the same problem.
I removed the valve cover already. After I put everything back together. I am getting check engine light. Camshaft sensor error (exhaust).
Let me know the status of your repair.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well i just did the driver side and didnt mess with the passenger side. It was hard because everything was sticking. They way i changed out the VC gasket is that i raised the valve cover as high as it can go and slid the gaskets underneath. I called 4 different dealerships and they said they do it the same way. But one guy on Bimmerforums told me he took the valve covers completely off and it took him 7hours... then he said after he found out he can do it in 3hours. Other then that i couldnt get it to come completely off.
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What did you do about the servomotor for the eccentric shaft? TIS says that you need connect the diagnostic tester and do the adjustment, because there is a risk of damage the intermediate shaft.
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The Cam shaft in the rear we left that alone because there is no way on taking it out without taking out the valve cover. The servo in the middle of the cover we took it off... unscrew the 4 bolts... then after you get off the bolts you need to twist the servo because it has a shaft with riges likea screw. Then there will be 4 more bolts on the inside adapter so take that out. Once you got all the screw out you might need to pry the valve cover open because ours was sticking and it tool us almost 1half hour to take off. But as the servos goes yeah after the 4 bolts you twist it off.
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The Cam shaft in the rear we left that alone because there is no way on taking it out without taking out the valve cover. The servo in the middle of the cover we took it off... unscrew the 4 bolts... then after you get off the bolts you need to twist the servo because it has a shaft with riges likea screw. Then there will be 4 more bolts on the inside adapter so take that out. Once you got all the screw out you might need to pry the valve cover open because ours was sticking and it tool us almost 1half hour to take off. But as the servos goes yeah after the 4 bolts you twist it off.
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Thanks for the answer. I know how to get it out.. I did that already (see the pix), but when I read the manual in TIS, they said that you need to connect diagnostic tool to adjust the servomotor after you install it back.. That is why I was wondering if you know the procedure to do the adjustment.
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Funny thing is that we did not adjust it all we did to the servo was just turned it back in until its almost to the adapter. ow the hell idd you manage to get the valve covers off? That shock tower made it a pain in the ass.
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Funny thing is that we did not adjust it all we did to the servo was just turned it back in until its almost to the adapter. ow the hell idd you manage to get the valve covers off? That shock tower made it a pain in the ass.
You are right. It was a pain to remove it. As you see on the pix, I took out whole bunch of stuff to gain access to the valve cover.
How many hours did you need to do yours?
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I see... we was trying to short cut and save a few hours. My labor guide book quoted me 3.5 -3.8 per side. So basically 7 hours. I called the dealership to see how much is their labor and the said 9bills. YIKES. Im glad to see you tackled that job. Now you can probably take out less then 7hours now.
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