A common problem.Recently bought a 2001 325i that I plan to use for drifting with my colleges drift club, picked it up for 1700$. I originally thought the valve cover gasket was bad because of oil around the valve cover but after replacing it, it still leaks I narrowed the leak down to one of the studs, it is one closer to the front of the car, I’m not sure if the stud is missing a washer or rubber gasket. But it is spitting a good amount of oil out from there. Any suggestions? I attached a few photos. Also does anyone know where I can find the replacement for it?
You need to redo the job.
Remove the VC and inspect it for cracks. If it's cracked you need to replace it.
One of the biggest problems when replacing the VCG is when you have fitted the gaskets in their seats in the cover, especially surrounding the plugs,
they can move when you invert the cover to mount it on the head. This can lead to pinching and leaking.
You need to thoroughly degrease the gasket seats on the cover with brake cleaner and put a few dots, no more, of RTV in the gasket seats
before you insert the gaskets and then let it dry. This will prevent them from shifting when you place the cover on the head.
You also need to use a torque wrench to button it down starting with the fasteners around the plugs and then around the perimeter.
Tighten them gradually. First stage starting with 3 ft lbs then second stage 6 ft lbs.