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Old 06-26-2012, 08:36 PM
Chucke Chucke is offline
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Help: Valve Cover Woo's

Hello Everyone!

I think I've dug myself in a small hole and am hoping everyone here can help me out.

I have an oil leak from the vacuum pump washer and I believe the passenger side valve cover gasket also.

It's a 2004 X5 4.4i with close to 160K miles.

So, I read several DIY's, postings and the TIS and thought this is pretty straight forward -- I'm gonna do it! Got all the parts, set aside the weekend and after basically a day (my wife took the car out most of the day Saturday!) I'm stuck.

I got everything off the drivers side cover to realize that I cannot lift it up without taking off the fuel injection assembly or disconnecting the fuel line. I realize that I didn't take off the cabin air filter assembly (which would have saved me hours). Does the fuel injection assembly need to be removed?

My next issue, is the servomotor as the TIS simply states to remove it. I'm doing some more reading tonight and realize that there were additional steps before removal (such as connecting a diagnosis tester and following the instuctions on the diagnosis tester) and (which I haven't gotten to yet) additional steps after installation (such as "read out fault memory of control unit of Digital Motor Electronics").

Am I in trouble here? After reading this, I was planning on just reinstalling the servomotor, not starting the car and taking it to an independent dealer to take a look at to verify it's installed correctly.

I've attached picture of where I'm at right now.

Any advice/suggestions are appreciated!



BTW... The vacuum pump replacement was pretty straight forward and simple (very misleading on the valve cover replacement).
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