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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 08-17-2008, 12:01 PM
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glycerin? Carbaflo?-VCG

I'm doing my valve cover gasket this week and I'm stump of what product to coat my gaskets?
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Old 08-17-2008, 12:21 PM
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I didn't use anything on mine. The idea of the glycerin is just to make them slippery so they will go into the groves of the valve covers easier. But I had no problem putting them on dry. Just make sure the valve cover sealing surfaces and grooves are clean.


PS: You still need to put RTV at the half moon shapes at the back of the head and where the timing cover meets the valve cover. Don't confuse the RTV with the glycerin. I hope I didn't cofuse you more.
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Old 08-17-2008, 12:39 PM
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I didn't use anything on mine. The idea of the glycerin is just to make them slippery so they will go into the groves of the valve covers easier. But I had no problem putting them on dry. Just make sure the valve cover sealing surfaces and grooves are clean.


PS: You still need to put RTV at the half moon shapes at the back of the head and where the timing cover meets the valve cover. Don't confuse the RTV with the glycerin. I hope I didn't cofuse you more.

Thanks, I defiantly got the RTV down, I just got confuse about the Glycerin, since this product is sold in a drug store and not in an auto part store. I been reading all the DIY ride ups, and they used this product. I also read that BMW discontinued Gummi Pfledge(Glycerin), and went with Carbaflo, their must be a reason for that:dunno.

I think I found were to buy Glycerin I just don't want to have any issues. If I don't find Glycerin what other options are there?
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Old 08-17-2008, 03:15 PM
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Thanks, I defiantly got the RTV down, I just got confuse about the Glycerin, since this product is sold in a drug store and not in an auto part store. I been reading all the DIY ride ups, and they used this product. I also read that BMW discontinued Gummi Pfledge(Glycerin), and went with Carbaflo, their must be a reason for that:dunno.

I think I found were to buy Glycerin I just don't want to have any issues. If I don't find Glycerin what other options are there?
I think you can still get glycerin at the drug store, but I haven't looked for that stuff in ages, so don't quote me on it. But, I have heard that people have used Neutrogena facial soap (the bar, not the liquid) which has a high concentration of glycerin and they said it worked great. Just mix it with some water to build a lather and run the gaskets through your hands to coat them. (And before you ask, no, I'm not joking)
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I didn't use anything on mine. The idea of the glycerin is just to make them slippery so they will go into the groves of the valve covers easier. But I had no problem putting them on dry. Just make sure the valve cover sealing surfaces and grooves are clean.


PS: You still need to put RTV at the half moon shapes at the back of the head and where the timing cover meets the valve cover. Don't confuse the RTV with the glycerin. I hope I didn't confuse you more.
I will second that. I just did mine about 3 weeks ago and did not have any need to use anything. The gasket goes in very easily.

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Old 08-17-2008, 09:37 PM
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Thanks might just go dry, now that I got the 411 I'm ready to tackle my DIY
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I searched 2 chain drug stores and a large supermarket. CVS, Rite Aid and Pathmark. Not had them. In the end, I bought a bottle off Ebay for a few bucks.

One seller

Although that is not the seller I bought from. Glycerin is Glycerin. It's a derivative of vegetable oils. Used in cake icing, soaps, moisturizers, personal lubricants-just to name a few.

Save your gas and just let it get delivered to you

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Old 08-18-2008, 03:54 AM
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you put NOTHING on the gasket, just make sure gasket and head surfaces are clean and free of oil. use permatex #2 for the half moon, and the front spots.
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Carba flo and glycerin are used on the door gaskets, have not heard of it used anywhere else on an E39.
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This article here have lots of information to help you choose the right one about lubricants

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Old 08-18-2008, 04:31 PM
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This article here have lots of information to help you choose the right one about lubricants

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Thanks, now I know I got lube all around me. LOL
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:59 PM
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at the shop we use victor reinz products. they make a black silicone gasket maker that we use on the half moon shapes of the gasket. no other lubricant is needed. the gasket will fit in the grooves once you tighten the bolts on the cover.
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