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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 03-08-2013, 04:54 AM
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Timing Cover Upper & Lower Gasket

I have a 318i 1998 and ongoing oil leak from the valve cover and timing cover.
I have found many excellent write-ups about replacing the valve cover on 6-cylinder 3 series but none about 4 cylinder one. Besides, I haven't come across the thread about replacing upper and lower timing cover gaskets.
Can anyone direct me to the thread or DIY articles.
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:48 AM
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There's bit something related to it.

http://www.total-bmw-mag.co.uk/featu...9-e46-oil-leak

It says 316i, but don't worry it's same M43 engine anyway.

If you can find this book, or pdf version of it, then it will explain lot.

http://www.pitstop.net.au/view/produ...uery/plu/15680

On this site they commonly recommend bentley repair manual,
http://www.bentleypublishers.com/bmw...ir-manual.html
which is good otherwise but it doesn't have 4-cylinder engines in it.

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Old 03-09-2013, 07:03 AM
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Thanks for your help

I have that particular manual book but it does not decribe the procedure as good as many posting in this forum. I have also found an article in Pelican Tech but again not in detail.
The book indicates to use 'SEALANT' around the corners. Shall I use "Permatex Red"?
Anyway, thank you for helping me out.
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:52 PM
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Yes i know that book isn't perfect advice, but it's some.
I tried to search just with "bmw m43" as the engine... it was used in late e36 and early e46, wouldn't matter if it's different car as long as engine is same... but didn't find some exact DIY.

Maybe i would still think that most of it goes just the same way like with those 6-cylinder engines. You're not planning to change something crucial there, just open cover and then close it again with new gasket.

Permatex Red?

Like this?
Sounds like good stuff.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:27 AM
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Not good at changing any kind of GASKET

Well, not much success in changing valve cover gasket and transmission gasket previously though it was Mercedes. That is why I get panic when I face leaking gasket.
According to the book, this job seems to be so delicate and require attention to details.
But everying has the first time and I want to give it a go.
In this forum, have you come across this topic in 6 cylinder? Or any other forums?
Thanks again.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:30 AM
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Finland & Australia. What a distance

From the top of the earth planet to the bottom. We are called "Downunder"
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:26 AM
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http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d-Chain-Guides

This looks bit like it... ofcourse you can skip some parts of it because you're not planning to touch that chain.

Yeah i've heard of that country... more nasty snakes and less snow than we have in Finland.
And i liked MadMax movies very much so i know everything about it.

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Old 03-25-2013, 06:28 AM
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According to my Haynes manual and also linked DIY page, it is required to have a kind of special tool to remove the vibration damper and torque wrench taking up to 250 ft, lbs for the reinstallation.
A friend of mine who works at VW service centre said it would not be necessary to go through this procedure. He claims that in most VW and Audi cars the vibration damper can be removed easily while the pully belt stays on. But he wasn't sure about BMW. Anyway, according to him, the job seems to be very simple to remove the damper.
I just can't find the special tool on ebay or any motorpart retailers. Any advice will be appreciated.
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