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Old 10-20-2008, 10:24 AM
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1994 530i Valley Pan Gasket Replacement

I am a new member and have owned a 1994 530i for about 5 years. It had 85,000 miles on when I bought it and currentely has 160,000. It has been a great car without any major problems. Several months ago it began losing cooling fluid. Now it is leaking heavily at the rear of the engine. From doing some research, it seems like it is the Valley Pan Gasket. After being quoted $1,200 to replace it, I joined this forum and bought a Bentley service Manula for the 5 Series (1989 -1995). But, the manula does not really cover replacing the Valley Pan Gasket and I have not been able to find help with the Valley Pan Gasket for the 1994 530i on the forum.

Can anyone be of help? How difficult is the replacement? Any special tools required?

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Old 10-20-2008, 10:35 AM
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No big deal. Just unbolt and bolt.

But you can't buy the valley pan gasket any more. BMW no longer sells them. Those engineers doodling their time away dreamed up new ways to sock it to the owners. The got rid of the gasket. Instead a bead of rubber is baked onto the pan so you have to ditch the old pan and buy a new one on acount of the gasket.

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Old 10-20-2008, 10:56 AM
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it is easy

you have to remove the intake maifold to get to it though. and there are 2 pipes that run from the water pump to the cross over pipe at the back of the engine. it was easier to remove the piece at the back instead of removing the water pump, unless you plan on doing the water pump at the same time.

and as yaofeng mentioned, there is no gasket, you have to buy the entire piece.

there is a black plastic cover on the old one that does not come with the new one, the little clips will break when you take it off, i just used silicone to hold mine back on.
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:27 AM
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If you are as picky as me, get the yellow battery cable clips from the dealer the same time you get the valley pan. They are dealer only item anyway. They become brittle from heat over the years.





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Old 10-20-2008, 03:51 PM
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THANKS for the response and the help!!! I will let you know how it goes.
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Old 10-28-2014, 03:02 PM
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What do the yellow battery cable plastic clips do? I just ordered valve cover gaskets and pretty much every gasket under there, and will be doing the valley pan replacement as well, but Bavarian Autosport had no idea what "yellow battery plastic clips were". Are they on there just to hold that rubber lining on the hose? Would zip-ties work just as well?

Also, is there a specific torque I need to do for the bolts on the valley pan? I thought I read it was 11 or 15lbs somewhere...

And the "back part" you removed instead of the water pump to take off those pipes, could you give me a name and some more details?

And lastly, do I need to pull out the gas plug and take out the fuel pump fuse before getting in there?

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