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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 10-24-2007, 11:02 PM
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e39 valve cover gasket

Just DYI my leaky valve cover gasket on my 2000 528i. Also changed plugs while it was apart. Got the gasket from BMW $55 - aftermarket it cheaper but i like the real thing - Wasn't that hard - I used the instuctions from Pelican parts / DYI help - the car was a 3 series but was close enough for me. I guess this is common problem and the gasket gets hard and brittle over time - then leaks ----

There is a another computer DYI sight out there that has a 5 series instructions - but i could find it when i went to do the work..

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Old 10-27-2007, 04:18 PM
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yeah the I6 engines are so easy to do a valve cover gasket change on. The parts you get online on reputable vendors are the same thing you're getting at the dealership - just without their markup.
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Old 10-27-2007, 04:25 PM
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Just DYI my leaky valve cover gasket on my 2000 528i. Also changed plugs while it was apart. Got the gasket from BMW $55 - aftermarket it cheaper but i like the real thing - Wasn't that hard - I used the instuctions from Pelican parts / DYI help - the car was a 3 series but was close enough for me. I guess this is common problem and the gasket gets hard and brittle over time - then leaks ----

There is a another computer DYI sight out there that has a 5 series instructions - but i could find it when i went to do the work..

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How long did it take you, including beer breaks, talking on the phone, and stretching your back?

What was the trickiest / most difficult part of it? I am going to do mine probably next week.

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Old 10-27-2007, 05:13 PM
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Not sure if it being my first time doing the gasket on the bimmer but it took me approx. 3 hrs. A lot of grommets and nuts. I'm sure it can be completed much quicker than that. Oh yeah, a whole lot of back stretching.
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Old 10-27-2007, 06:34 PM
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Not sure if it being my first time doing the gasket on the bimmer but it took me approx. 3 hrs. A lot of grommets and nuts. I'm sure it can be completed much quicker than that. Oh yeah, a whole lot of back stretching.
I did valve gasket on previous cars and on my bike, but never on the 528i. I was curious how long for someone who did the 528i for the first time, as it will be my first 528.

Did you also replace all the grommets and nuts?
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Old 10-27-2007, 06:44 PM
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all of the grommets should definately be replaced. When I did mine, some of them were about cracked in half and fell apart in my hand.
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Old 10-27-2007, 06:46 PM
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not sure about the 528's and the 530's, but on the 540 the most tedious and time consuming thing I found was slipping a long thin screwdriver in between the injectors to unclip them from the electrical box. Not a difficult task, just tedious. But a few beers and a lot of curse words later I had them all unclipped. As for getting them back on upon reasembly, that was a little easier.
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Old 10-27-2007, 06:51 PM
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not sure about the 528's and the 530's, but on the 540 the most tedious and time consuming thing I found was slipping a long thin screwdriver in between the injectors to unclip them from the electrical box. Not a difficult task, just tedious. But a few beers and a lot of curse words later I had them all unclipped. As for getting them back on upon reasembly, that was a little easier.
Any specific beer or curse words you found to be the most helpful?

Could you please share?
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Old 10-27-2007, 07:36 PM
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Rolling Rock or Blue Moon for the beer. As for the curse words, I like to change it up. It feels better if you vary it rather than saying the same one over and over
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... As for the curse words, I like to change it up. It feels better if you vary it rather than saying the same one over and over
So true...
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:11 PM
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New rubber gromets

Back again - It took me about 3 hours - moving slowly - step by step - Didn't know how to remove the Air filter box that runs into the firewall -- just released the round clip and turned the whole unit up-wards clockwise and it came off - just easier to get cover off with that thing out of the way ----- WISH I HAD BOUGHT NEW RUBBER GROMMETS UNDER THE BOLTS - MINE WERE STILL OK BUT WHY NOT CHANGE THEM --- be carefully and remove them and the washers before you take off the cove or they could drop down your engine.

Hope this helps

Also changed my spark plugs while apart --

PS don't forget to use antiseize on the threads
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Old 10-30-2007, 01:28 PM
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i did my 528i, in 30 mins. while i was painting a car. just replaced the gasket and spark plug gaskets, use the same rubber nut grommets, broke one stud.
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not sure about the 528's and the 530's, but on the 540 the most tedious and time consuming thing I found was slipping a long thin screwdriver in between the injectors to unclip them from the electrical box. Not a difficult task, just tedious. But a few beers and a lot of curse words later I had them all unclipped. As for getting them back on upon reasembly, that was a little easier.
I found that it was easier to tag/disconnect hoses and sensor wires and unbolt the fuel bar from the manifold than to disconnect the injector tabs when I re-did my manifold gaskets a few weeks ago. Also is a good time to inspect/replace vacuum hoses as needed and clean up sensor connectors.

Every time I think about it now I kick myself for not photo-documenting the process.
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didn't have to remone my fuel rail
I was talking about a 540... should have mentioned that... Those pesky electronics housings above each bank that have the coil boots sticking out get in the way of removing the valve covers...

Probably don't need to remove the rails all together unless you get into the manifold stuff more like I did -- I was getting in there anyway though and found it was easier to remove the fuel rail. The housings, injectors, etc, all pop right out of the manifold very easy.
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Old 10-30-2007, 02:07 PM
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If you dont change the grommets plan on changing the gaskets again in 20k, spend the axtra few bucks and change the washers
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New to the forums.... Does anyone know if there is a step-by-step layout for the valve cover gasket replacement on a 2000 528?
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Old 09-19-2008, 03:39 AM
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http://www.beisansystems.com/procedu..._procedure.htm
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Valve cover gasket

Hi Guys. I am doing my valve gasket and had a hard time getting the valve cover back on. Than I tighened the bolts and had some popping noise. I put a crack where one of the bolts, washer, and grommet goes in. The crack is from the hole outwards away from the engine. Dunb question but how bad is this? Thanks. I am new to working on my car but you can only learn from doing it or making mistakes. Thanks>
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Hey guys I appreciate this post very much. I want to add for those who are doing this for the first time (like me). The old gasket may be so baked that you think you are breaking part of the valve cover itself when you pry it loose. Definitely use a heat gun to loosen up the old gasket from the valve cover. Make sure you remove all parts of the old gasket from below the cover. I had a chunk of the gasket loose under the valve cover for God knows how long.

Again I greatly appreciate these suggestions and step by step instructions you guys linked. The Pelican link was very helpful as well.

Thanks guys,

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Old 05-17-2011, 07:03 AM
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Has anyone used the aftermarket brand Felpro? They sell valve cover gaskets at Advanced Auto and would like some feedback. Thanks
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Rule #1 when dealing with any engine seal, gasket:

Stick to OEM whether it is Honda or BMW.
This is because OEM gasket only costs a few dollars more, and the labor involved is quite extensive, so you don't want to take the chance.
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OEM gasket only costs a few dollars more
I dread replacing mine ... but it leaks on the passenger side, and makes an awful 'what-died?' smell when I'm stopped, idling, uphill (in San Francisco).

It must not be leaking much because the oil level doesn't seem to change but there is grunge on the VANOS solenoid below the valve covers that I clean off every few months.

Add one more to my tuit list!
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It's time to do Vanos seals and Valve cover gasket, Bluebee.
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