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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 07-27-2007, 07:23 AM
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DIY - Valve Cover Gasket Leak

Is there a DIY guide on fixing a valve cover gasket leak? I searched but could not find any. Im looking to do some upkeep on my car this weekend, and any info on this one problem would be helpful.
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Old 07-27-2007, 12:54 PM
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Theres some kind of diy I saw on e46 fanatics or here, cant remember which. But it involved removing and reassembling the valve cover.
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Old 07-27-2007, 02:05 PM
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Yeah, follow my spark plug DIY and you're 80% of the way there I'd think.
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Old 07-27-2007, 10:17 PM
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Heres the link to the DIY from something-fly on e46fanatics:

http://www.e46fanatics.com/pdf/2001_...eplacement.pdf
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Uhhhh...good thread, one question: What kind of gasket sealer do I use for the "half-moon" area?
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Uhhhh...good thread, one question: What kind of gasket sealer do I use for the "half-moon" area?
http://www.bmw330ci.net/maintenance/valve.php

That link from the Wiki also has the DIY for the valve cover gasket. It states that high-temp RTV sealant is needed.
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Old 11-16-2008, 03:18 AM
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http://www.bmw330ci.net/maintenance/valve.php

That link from the Wiki also has the DIY for the valve cover gasket. It states that high-temp RTV sealant is needed.
Perfect, thanks.
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Go to a local honda dealer, and grab a tube of hondabond. We even used it on head gaskets. NO matter what mechanic you go to, bmw, merc, even porsche, they all have a tube of hondabond in their toolbox!


It is thicker than generic, and a bit like toothpaste, I find the generic stuff tends to be too runny for my taste
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