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Old 01-17-2013, 11:21 PM
jhurless jhurless is offline
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Location: Los Angeles
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Mein Auto: E36
Sounds like it has been poorly maintained. The valve cover is not where you are losing 2.5 quarts of oil on this car. 5 valve cover replacements is absolutely ridiculous. Most likely, at that mileage, the oil is leaking out of the gasket at the base of the oil filter housing. The valve ticking is very likely caused by the engine being run on low oil and may now require some valve/lifter work. If you have a place you keep taking it, take it somewhere else that specializes in these cars. There are a few common spots of oil loss on that year and the valve cover is a comparably minor one.
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