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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 04-21-2015, 05:32 AM
Cutlass88 Cutlass88 is offline
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valve cover gaskets

I replaced my valve cover gaskets & both eccentric sensors...

put everything back together & started my 550 up & I have a little oil leak ( passenger side)
the valve cover gasket did not seat in 1 spot( about 1 inch long) this is where the oil leak is coming from..looks like the gasket came out of the cover in that spot...
Can I re-use this same gasket?
and do I have to take the complete cover off?
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:58 AM
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I doubt you can or should reuse the gasket. Did you use tvr seal on the edges and the half-moon areas on the gasket? Or you over torqued the bolts. Really sucks that you have do it again. I've just did mine with help from a friend. Took us 15 hours lol!
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:47 AM
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I doubt you can or should reuse the gasket. Did you use tvr seal on the edges and the half-moon areas on the gasket? Or you over torqued the bolts. Really sucks that you have do it again. I've just did mine with help from a friend. Took us 15 hours lol!
15 HRS!!! are you serious? Im about to tackle this this weekend. Curious to know why he wouldnt be able to re-use the seal its brand new. Couldnt he put a little rtv in that spot?
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:13 AM
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I just did mine on my n52. It looks like the gaskets were basically new, it must have been done already before I bought the car. However new, the seal was still leaking quite a bit on me. I say reuse the seal, and add a thin coat of rtv to both sides of the gasket. In my opinion it's just not that great of a gasket.

Fyi, it took me about 7 hours. I took it real slow though.

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Old 04-21-2015, 02:15 PM
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15 HRS!!! are you serious? Im about to tackle this this weekend. Curious to know why he wouldnt be able to re-use the seal its brand new. Couldnt he put a little rtv in that spot?
A lot of the time is removing all the wires and stuff to access vcg, putting everything back and making sure we didn't have extra bolts or screws. If I have to do it again it'll be half the time.
To OP's question: if your gasket was leaking, why would you want to reuse it?
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Old 04-21-2015, 03:51 PM
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A lot of the time is removing all the wires and stuff to access vcg, putting everything back and making sure we didn't have extra bolts or screws. If I have to do it again it'll be half the time.
To OP's question: if your gasket was leaking, why would you want to reuse it?
hey guys, I did use the same gasket... it did have a little tear( on the corner) I put a little RTV ULTRA on the corner of the gasket...

put it back on the ( passenger side) and it is running perfect... no leaks....

At the moment..
And this gasket is new....but it did not seat, the first time and I tightened it down on a 'buckled piece that had came out of the cover itself'...
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Old 04-21-2015, 03:58 PM
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i put new eccentric sensors, spark plugs, spark plug tubes, timing chain gasket( passenger side) all new o-rings, vacuum pump o-ring, oil cooler o-rings in as well...

All of the above, since I had to do the 'alternator bracket gasket'...( had the alternator re-built too, while it was off)
perfect no leaks...

about 33 hours of work ( when I had all the parts in hand).. I did not have a shop or garage.. I had to work on my carport....so several days I could not work on it, because of the RAIN !!
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