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Valve cover gasket! Got a leak! Dripping on the turbo... She not happy.

I was already under a time crunch trying to get her brother's Jeep done in time to deliver it on Thanksgiving.
I called the local BMW expert and he wanted $600.. so I guess I'm doing it.

So far it's not that bad, pretty easy stuff, just a LOT of stuff.
I found a decent video on YT to help me keep track of everything.
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I appreciate BMW putting this handy tool tray in front. It's even better than the two tool trays that Jeep puts on either side of their grills.
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It holds a LOT of stuff.
And I'm pretty impressed with the coils on this car. They don't feel like the plastic crap I see in everything else. And they're heavy.
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The video..
 

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It is very rare to see a newer BMW at my shop.
Yeah, they all go to the dealer till the warranty runs out. They do everything, all maintenance, while it's under warranty. 50k miles. I'm kinda regretting not forking over the 3grand for another 50k miles. Kinda .. we did get another 30k miles with nothing but tires and oil changes... But I've got a break job and transmission service to do next.
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Wow. And I thought the DOHC Subies were bad. Dennis
 

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Going back together with it today.
I started to mention last night that it has been an injury free repair and that was worrying me. Gotta have a little blood sacrifice.

But then the cover bit my finger when I removing the vacuum pump seal.
Now I'm debating whether or not to leave the blood in the cover... But that might impart more power than the car can handle.

The seal did NOT want to come out. And all of my usual tricks like chisel and hammer are a HUGE no-no with a $230 plastic valve cover.
The stress was unbelievable.
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Did you replace the valve cover and seal or just the valve cover?

I am a part of a mechanic shop co-op that some buddies have set up. One of the guys is a BMW parts counter guy. There is a dude two doors down that works on a lot of BMW vehicles for a living. They both say it is a valve cover AND seal job. There are also coolant bits you are supposed to preventative maintenance on those things while you are in there. Also...electric water pumps! I haul off all of the scrap from the BMW dealership and I would say I've hauled off more electric water pumps than any other singular part (other than rotors).
 

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Did you replace the valve cover and seal or just the valve cover?

I am a part of a mechanic shop co-op that some buddies have set up. One of the guys is a BMW parts counter guy. There is a dude two doors down that works on a lot of BMW vehicles for a living. They both say it is a valve cover AND seal job. There are also coolant bits you are supposed to preventative maintenance on those things while you are in there. Also...electric water pumps! I haul off all of the scrap from the BMW dealership and I would say I've hauled off more electric water pumps than any other singular part (other than rotors).
I replaced the cover gaskets (big one and the two around the coil areas), high pressure fuel pump seal and vacuum pump seal. Oh, O-ring for the PCV tube.
Might have been another little seal in there, can't remember.
No seals available for the two little doohickeys on the front of the cams. I didn't get anywhere near the cooling system.

I do need to start doing some PMs on it though. 93K-ish miles on it and I haven't done anything but oil changes and add half a quart of coolant every two years.
I don't know what the dealer did in it's first 50k of life. Figure I'll start girding my loins for brakes, coolant flush, trans service, diff service. Do the same on my Dodge just to compare the two.. The Dodge has 183k on it now.

Electric water pump.. Well, its got an electric steering box so why not an electric water pump too..
 
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