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Old 07-04-2013, 05:13 AM
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N52: Weeping Head Gasket?

This is a N52 with over 80K miles.

I had my valve-cover gasket replaced at 50K and around the seal is clean and grime-free.

I also had my exhaust vanos leaking and it made the surrounding area grimy and oily. I replaced it and clean the area around it.

However, I recently notice the area around the head gasket is very dirty. Grimy and oily. I got a reply from another forum that this would be a 'weeping head gasket. How can I check for this?





The car is under CPO warranty, I just want to be sure if I go in, because they will try what ever they can to get out of it..

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Old 07-04-2013, 05:48 AM
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:32 AM
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Looks like dirty to me, perhaps you're in a humid climate and the rubber belts are dusting? If you can, use an APC on a cold engine, let it dwell a bit, then give a rinse, you'll be able to better tell where it is emanating? This will also help the techs if you decide to bring it in, as they will most likely clean the areas as well.
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:38 AM
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This is a N52 with over 80K miles. I recently notice the area around the head gasket is very dirty. Grimy and oily. I got a reply from another forum that this would be a 'weeping head gasket. How can I check for this?

Look for a broken head bolt. Aluminum, aren't they?
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:16 AM
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Look for a broken head bolt. Aluminum, aren't they?
How can I look for it?
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How can I look for it?




And if that ain't it, remove the valve cover to check head bolts.



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Old 07-04-2013, 04:26 PM
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Thanks I will check for those.
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:16 AM
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Re: N52: Weeping Head Gasket?

Is that why its referred to as the Hyundai engine in a bimmeer? Why would they do that?

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Old 07-07-2013, 08:19 AM
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Is that why its referred to as the Hyundai engine in a bimmeer (bimmer) ? Why would they do that?

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Um, what are you talking about here?
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Re: N52: Weeping Head Gasket?

That was meant for another thread. Have no idea how I posted it here. My apologies...

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That was meant for another thread. Have no idea how I posted it here. My apologies...

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hehe, no sweat, I was trying to see where it would fit in the other threads, the mobile app does that sometimes.
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Put some UV dye in the oil then check with a black light. That is the gold standard for identifying the origin of oil leaks.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:52 AM
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I took the undercarriage out and noticed all this oil dripping:




Should I go to dealer and have it checked under CPO warranty?
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I would take it to the dealer.
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I took the undercarriage out and noticed all this oil dripping:

Should I go to dealer and have it checked under CPO warranty?

I should say so.

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Old 07-21-2013, 01:16 PM
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Anyone here has experience with a repair like this with CPO? I know there is a $50 deductible, but my dealer is really tricky and will try everything to blame it on me and get out of it....
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