Go Back   United Bimmer Community - BMW Forum > UnitedBimmer- Model Categories > E36
FAQ Members List Calendar Advertise With Us Mark Forums Read

E36 General discussion and technical help for (E36) 1992-1999 3 series cars. 318, 323, 325, 328.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-24-2006, 12:34 PM   #1
billycuth
 
billycuth's Avatar

Name: billycuth
Title: Senior Member
Status: Offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Southeastern PA
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2004 Acura TL
Valve cover leaking oil?

I got my car inspected today in PA, and unfortunately, the only mech I trust to fix my bimmer is the dealer. I have had issues with most other mechs in the area. Anyway, a problem they found, but does not need to be fixed for the car to pass is a leaky valve cover. I figure it is an easy fix, but needed to ask you guys if you have ever had the problem and what is required to fix it.

Thanks in advance.

PS they wanted $18 to change a burnt out brake light

$200 to fix this leak... I am sure I can do it for cheaper.
__________________
I am worth $2,022,318 on HumanForSale.com
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2006, 01:04 PM   #2
pracklam

Name: pracklam
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Kansas City
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 1994 325is
Very easy repair. Gaskets should run about $25. Be sure you get both the gasket that runs around the perimeter of the valve cover and the (2) gaskets that go around the spark plug holes. The spark plug gaskets are the most prone to leaking. Also, you should put some silicone sealer at the front of the main gasket where the VANOS unit mates to the head and at the back of the gasket where the two semicircular depressions are located. Refer to the tech article on pelicanparts.com for a good DIY.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2006, 02:10 PM   #3
Dudesky

Name: Dudesky
Title: Run Far
Status: Offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Rate My Car: 106 / 340
Your Ride: E39 530iA
^^^ Yes. Everything he said.
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2006, 05:12 PM   #4
Antiburn
 
Antiburn's Avatar

Name: Antiburn
Title: Senior Member
Status: Offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Jersey
Rate My Car: 193 / 340
Your Ride: 92 525, 88 325 hardtop'ed vert and 83 320iS
Dont forget the 18 or so rubber washers that the bolts go around. its always good to change then too.
__________________
1992 525i, 1988 Hardtop'ed Vert and 1983 320iS
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2006, 09:53 PM   #5
billycuth
 
billycuth's Avatar

Name: billycuth
Title: Senior Member
Status: Offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Southeastern PA
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2004 Acura TL
Im gonna need help on the silicone sealer, there boys. remember, I am fairly new to the engine bay. I have only added a CAI, new coil packs/spark plugs, I change my own oil, but that's about it.

whats a good silicone sealer? How much do I have to pull apart to put this gasket in? Is there anything else I should look to replace while I have it pulled apart?
__________________
I am worth $2,022,318 on HumanForSale.com
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2006, 09:57 PM   #6
c1apton
 
c1apton's Avatar

Name: c1apton
Title: Upgraded Member
Status: Offline
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Pompano Beach,Fl /Edina,Mn
Rate My Car: 134 / 340
Your Ride: 93 E34
Permatex black or orange are the best (used with gaskets) Both are aneroebic (doesn't contain some acids that eat slowly into aluminum heads) TIP: when using silicone gasket sealer on anything - apply your sealer then WALK away for 10 to 20 minutes - let it cure a little before assembly. (the pelican parts DIY is a pretty good instructional)
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2006, 10:30 PM   #7
billycuth
 
billycuth's Avatar

Name: billycuth
Title: Senior Member
Status: Offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Southeastern PA
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2004 Acura TL
thanks C1. I just bought Wayne's book for my e36 too. Plenty of projects to keep me busy.

I am enjoying every project I do more and more. I am never going to want to let this car go.

I am so glad I took that GTO back.
__________________
I am worth $2,022,318 on HumanForSale.com
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2006, 10:36 PM   #8
c1apton
 
c1apton's Avatar

Name: c1apton
Title: Upgraded Member
Status: Offline
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Pompano Beach,Fl /Edina,Mn
Rate My Car: 134 / 340
Your Ride: 93 E34
They can be very addictive (as you've probably noticed...lol) and if you treat them right they'll last you longer than most rides out there. Just don't overlook basic maintenance. If you keep basic maintenance upfront then do your mods then things go smooth. It's when mods come first they tend to amplify the neglected maintenance then you go backwards & it turns into a nightmare.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2006, 10:44 PM   #9
billycuth
 
billycuth's Avatar

Name: billycuth
Title: Senior Member
Status: Offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Southeastern PA
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2004 Acura TL
I am learning! I have had her for almost 4 years now, and I havent really stepped back and looked at all I have done to her.

She needs a new interior, a new paint job, and obviously, a new valve cover gasket. But other than that, she's good to go. Tranny fluid will need to be exhanged soon, but she runs really well. I never let maintenance items go. Oil change ever 3k miles, filter clean every 10 or so.

The one item I would like to get better at is the cooling system. I want to make sure my water pump is the metal kind and in good condition and I also want to change that fluid out, but I am always tenative to mess with it.

oh well, one at a time.... )
__________________
I am worth $2,022,318 on HumanForSale.com
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2006, 11:10 AM   #10
pracklam

Name: pracklam
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Kansas City
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 1994 325is
You will only need to remove the black plastic trim covers, coils and the 18 (+/-) bolts that fasten the valve cover to the head. I didn't replace the rubber donuts on each bolt, but I would recommend it.

Now would be a good time to strip and paint your valve cover if it is peeling as is typical. I used high temp paint from Advance Auto and it matched the original color almost perfectly. Be sure to prepare the surface well before painting and only apply light coats at one time per the spray can directions or you will get orange peel. I wanted to have mine stripped and clear anodized (or powder coated) but time and money would not allow.

After you get the valve cover off, I would inspect the cam lobes for any scoring and wear. Also check the secondary chain tensioner. It should be putting enough pressure on the secondary chain so that there is no visible chain slack and gives a pretty good resistance when pressing down on the middle of the chain. I have found the timing chains to be very rugged so I would expect that the chains are still in good condition.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2006, 12:05 PM   #11
c1apton
 
c1apton's Avatar

Name: c1apton
Title: Upgraded Member
Status: Offline
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Pompano Beach,Fl /Edina,Mn
Rate My Car: 134 / 340
Your Ride: 93 E34
Good Advice "prack"
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I'm leaking oil, any suggestions nick_318is E21, E30 27 03-03-2012 03:15 PM
Oil in coolant- oh noes! Dudesky E36 11 02-11-2010 11:44 AM
s52 valve cover vs m50 valve cover cabrit E36 5 06-22-2006 02:30 PM
Amsoil rocks. catalyst E36 26 02-23-2006 11:35 AM
History of gasoline! what is gas? and why it is NOT gasoline we pay for at the pump? delmarco United Off Topic  **FOR MEMBERS ONLY** 4 11-28-2005 02:29 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:21 AM.

A vBSkinworks Design

 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright © 2005-2013 UnitedBimmer.com