Bumping this because I think I'm going to have to do it soon -- this can really be done without ripping the timing case apart? I think this is where my oil leak is coming from.
I assume you have to remove the radiator to get enough clearance in there, right? How do you get the old seal out? How do you stop the crank from turning when you are trying to get the bolt off? Do you need one of the tools to hold it in place (or could you do it with the locking pin?).
I need to pinpoint my oil leak, but I think it could be my front crank seal. I saw some pictures somewhere else that looked exactly like I was experiencing and he solved it through replacing the front crank seal.
Edit - my leak looks exactly like this. This guy talked about replacing the hub behind the crank pulley....why would that be necessary? http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=188324
Koni Sport Suspension
Last edited by ethereal45; 02-19-2012 at 06:42 PM.