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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 Today, 04:28 PM
hellspcangel911 hellspcangel911 is offline
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2002 325i 95k miles - oil leak

Hi all,
02 325i 5spd has an oil leak. 15k miles ago I replaced the oil canister seal and the vanos line behind it. I also did the VCG. so far, no problems. At the same time i removed the oil separator and switched to a oil catch can.
everything was great and dry but now i have a wet oil pan. Its not the crankshaft gasket as it's dry around it. The driver's side is more wet than the passenger but both are wet.
Before I rip into the oil pan, which seems like a lot of work is there anything else i should check?
any tips on the oil pan or other items to do while in there?

thanks,
george
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cvx5832 cvx5832 is offline
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All symptoms point back to the OFHG. You just recently did it, the oil pan gasket is dry and it's on the driver's side. OFHG or the vanos line you just replaced.
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