E30 325e, E34 535i, E46 330Ci, E60 530i, F10 528i, F10 535d
That piece alone is not absolutely critical to keep the timing. You can put the cover on and move on but I really do not suggest this. That part of your timing chain guide is that brittle suggests you the rest will fail any day. If the rest of the timing chain guide breaks, you will most likely create major engine damage.2014 528i here. Noticed a strange smell and observed a bit of smoke. Found out it was the valve cover/gasket leaking oil onto the exhaust manifold. I ordered the proper parts.
During replacement, I think I may have accidentally knocked on the timing chain assembly because one the little plastic tabs broke right off (!!!!!!).
I looked up this part and it looks inexpensive, but actually replacing it looks... challenging to say the least.
Anyone have any ideas or experience with what to do with this? How screwed am I?
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At this point, it this is my car, there are 2 choices. 1. Just replace the guides, this could be done without removing the pan. 2. Change the timing guides and the chain.
I have a 2012 528i and I just did the guides when the car had 80k miles. Really depends on how much work you want to put in and how much longer you are going to keep your car.