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| Originally posted by Dirty_Tool@Aug 1 2005, 10:12 AM |
Here is something I found for e38 (7 series) but it is basically identical, its the same engine. The 1st link Ill give you is a writeup with some nice pics. The second is the original thread from bimmerboard.com where this link was posted and also another member posted the factory repair instructions there. The only thing I would disagree with on the guy's writeup is using the blue Hylomar sealant. I would recommend a higher quality sealant, either the factory recommended drei-bond or Subaru uses a product called 3-bond. Both are going to be more pricey than the blue hylomar stuff but will do a much better job.
| Originally posted by midi@Jul 31 2005, 11:40 AM |
I just bought my first BMW, a 1998 540i6 with 97,000 miles on it, and I am thrilled to own such an awesome car. I had an independant shop do a pre-purchase inspection + leakdown test and one of the few things that came back was oil leaks around the valve gaskets.
This seems to be a not uncommon problem and several folks in the forum have referenced replacing the gaskets themselves. I've got a decent amount of experience working on cars and have done a few valve adjustments on 911s, so my question to those who have done it is how difficult is it, any special tools required, and tips or tricks you can share?
The Bentley manual doesn't have anything on 'valve cover gaskets', but rather 'cylinder head cover gaskets', I assume that's what we're talking about, right? The manual also talks about a special tool to reinstall the gaskets.
Thanks for any help,
ps- The shop wanted $650 to replace the gaskets plus another $150 to replace the plugs, that's why I'm thinking of doing it myself!
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