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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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SAP valve Gasket.

Will this small crack on the gasket be a problem?

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My guess would be no for the near future. But on the exhaust side I can only imagine it'll grow in rather short order. Vac leak thru exhaust valves' SA holes.


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My guess would be no for the near future. But on the exhaust side I can only imagine it'll grow in rather short order. Vac leak thru exhaust valves' SA holes.


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I looked up the part on ECS, and It looks rather similar.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-328...sions/ES26760/
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Meaning their picture looks cracked or looks like what you need to order? I agree it appears to be the gasket in question.


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Meaning their picture looks cracked or looks like what you need to order? I agree it appears to be the gasket in question.


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I mean their picture of the gasket looks cracked just a bit. I'll use this one for now and buy another one later.
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Check the gasket shape, my dad received one and it had slight bulge in the middle. It is so small that can be easily missed, but because of it snapped two SAP valves when installing (hand-tight, no wrenches).
When I removed SAP from my cat I cleaned the coating off the gasket and applied silicone for high temps on the gasket.
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I mean their picture of the gasket looks cracked just a bit. I'll use this one for now and buy another one later.
Yeah I guess it does look a little chipped around the edges. Almost looks like they coated one side with something. I'd get another at dealer or with next part order. Leak won't be huge if at all.


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