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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 10-04-2011, 05:26 PM
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WTB: e46 1999 3 series valve cover

Well I cracked the port that goes around the spark plug trying to remove the old gasket.

Anyone have a good used valve cover?

I have a 1999 323i sedan e46
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:40 AM
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Check with BavAuto, ECS Tuning, Pelican Parts, or your local dealer. A used one that has been through that many heat cycles will be brittle as well.
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Old 10-05-2011, 07:18 AM
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Bavarian Auto Recycling hooked me up for ~$105 including shipping.

Thanks.

My original cover wasn't brittle, I thought I was smashing the hard, crusty gasket out but instead I was breaking the valve cover. I will be a lot more careful this time!

I'm guessing I also have to buy a new gasket set because the new one will be on there for about 2 weeks.

Oh well, another costly lesson learned.
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Be sure to change all the seals under the bolt heads (nuts) there are about 15 of them, and if you don't replace them along with the new gasket set, I'll bet you have a leak.
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I have one laying around from my old 2.5

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Be sure to change all the seals under the bolt heads (nuts) there are about 15 of them, and if you don't replace them along with the new gasket set, I'll bet you have a leak.
Really?? There weren't any on there before and none are included in the gasket set.
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Be sure to change all the seals under the bolt heads (nuts) there are about 15 of them, and if you don't replace them along with the new gasket set, I'll bet you have a leak.
Oh the valve cover washer seal/ grommets? Yeah I replaced those. Will replace again with the new install.
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Ughhhh... After 3 weeks of waiting. I tried calling Bavarian Auto Recycling to see where my valve cover was. After multiple calls (because no one would pick up) I find out that all the covers they had, had cracks in them. Now they are refunding my payment. Why did they wait until I called them?? Just hoping I would just forget about it?

Anyone got a non cracked one available?
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Guess I should just ask if it is even necessary to replace my valve cover.
Here is a similar valve cover.

When I was prying with a screwdriver trying to removing the crusty old gasket, I cracked a piece off. I tried showing in the following picture by circling (or the arrow) of what part I damaged.

It is a piece off the inside circle which goes over the spark plug hole. The outer circle is still there. My dad said that it should be fine and not leak because of the new gasket part that fits in between the two and the outer plastic circle still there.

Any thoughts? I was just worried and wanted a whole new cover.

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Did you end up replacing your valve cover or just using the cracked one? If you used the cracked one, could you please let me know if it gave you any problems. I had the exact same thing happen and was considering just using it because I figured the new gasket should keep it pretty well sealed. Thanks!
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I just used the valve cover as it was. Since the outer ring was still intact, it did not leak.
Was just fine until I sold the car.
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