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Old 07-22-2013, 03:16 PM
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Replacing head cover gasket on E90

I need to change the head cover gasket on my 2006 330i, i saw various post but they are for older models. do i have to mess with the Vanos?
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:26 PM
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Valve cover gasket or head gasket?
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:27 PM
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I need to change the head cover gasket on my 2006 330i, i saw various post but they are for older models. do i have to mess with the Vanos?
I believe you need to replace the valve cover gasket and not the head cover gasket (I really hope you don't have to do the head cover gasket) There is a bit of messing with the vanos but nothing major. Just pulling out some motor and disconnecting a couple of things. There are plenty of DIY's floating around for this.
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:50 PM
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valve cover gasket.

valve cover gasket has a tiny leak on the front (there's no oil stains in my driveway) but i can see oil around the gasket.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:07 PM
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valve cover gasket has a tiny leak on the front (there's no oil stains in my driveway) but i can see oil around the gasket.
Make sure it is the valve cover gasket, especially when the oil is at the front of the engine. Mine has oil there, but it seems to be coming doing from the oil filter housing. So I'm going to first replace that. I believe the valve cover gasket usually first leaks on the exhaust side of the engine.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:51 PM
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I'll take another look tomorrow and look at everything when I'm relax. I'm putting the car on the lift to replace the liner fender liner on the driver side and re attach the splash shield since I hit a bump in a road construction.
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:20 AM
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Take a pic of the leak, it may be the filter housing like aleks says.
It's a bit of work to change the valve cover gasket on your car, but doable.
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I need to change the head cover gasket on my 2006 330i, i saw various post but they are for older models. do i have to mess with the Vanos?

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Old 07-25-2013, 01:45 PM
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CALWATERBOY saw the video and also checked the oil filter housing and no leaks. also I placed the car on a lift and pulled all the plastic from underneath and no oil. I'm starting to think the dealer is yanking my chain on this. now if i could figure how to get rid of the air bag light on my dashboard.
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Valve Cover gasket is two pieces .

The one that goes around the outside and the one that goes around the spark plugs.
However you should be able to see oil in the spark plug well if that portion of the valve cover is leaking . Are you using oil?
You can reset the airbag light with a coding setup or some of the aftermarket scanners.
But it there is a real error it will just come back.

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Old 07-25-2013, 08:25 PM
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ctuna, I haven't though of checking the plugs for oil. as for the Air Bag is a bad sensor and BMW has a recall for it but they are saying that my car is not covered in that recall. so I'm seeking a solution before giving up to the dealership.
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Old 07-26-2013, 06:03 AM
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My tip of the day. Try to loosen a few bolts around the leak area first. You may find a few that a couple break off. If so, have a tap on hand when you change the gasket and bolts. Aluminum and magnesium is super easy to drill and tap.
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