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      02-02-2017, 07:17 PM   #1
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Need help DIY replace valve cover gasket

Anyone has link or instruction manual to replace the valve cover gasket? I want to do it myself but idk how tedious the work is. Thanks in advance!
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I'm starting mine, so hoping someone will chime in. Thanks
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      02-17-2017, 02:41 PM   #3
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I'm starting mine, so hoping someone will chime in. Thanks
I'm working on mines tomorrow I'm buying the part today.
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      02-17-2017, 02:49 PM   #4
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I've not done one, but I don't really think it would be much harder than changing one's spark plugs. The only sticking point might be IF you have to pull/remove the injectors or not. I think you would only need to remove the fuel injector feed lines(and maybe replace a crush ring o-ring inside those lines. ? ) Take a look at my spark plug DIY...

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http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=602804


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Take some pics and make a DIY for use guys(!) IF you do this job.
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      02-17-2017, 02:55 PM   #5
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I've not done one, but I don't really think it would be much harder than changing one's spark plugs. The only sticking point might be IF you have to pull/remove the injectors or not. I think you would only need to remove the fuel injector feed lines(and maybe replace a crush ring o-ring inside those lines. ? ) Take a look at my spark plug DIY...

135i Spark Plug replacement DIY...
http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=602804


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Take some pics and make a DIY for use guys(!) IF you do this job.
I will. I'll post it in the next few days
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      02-17-2017, 03:36 PM   #6
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Search on you tube. Take a look ahead of time and pick one that you can follow easily. I did spark plugs and eccentric sensor while I was in there. I also used a little gasket sealer on the vc gasket. Take your time and good luck.
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Search on you tube. Take a look ahead of time and pick one that you can follow easily. I did spark plugs and eccentric sensor while I was in there. I also used a little gasket sealer on the vc gasket. Take your time and good luck.
What is an eccentric sensor ???

BMW says not to use silicone sealant but I would use just a smidge on the edges of the camshaft half moons and maybe on the four corners of the VCG. Actually loctite #518 is great for this bc it seals up to 4mm gaps.
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Eccentric shaft sensor. I have a 128
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Eccentric shaft sensor. I have a 128
Ok gotcha. I had never heard of this sensor before. I just Google'd it and found this DIY over on the e90forum...

Eccentric Shaft Sensor Replacement
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=697252


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Btw... ray-ray89 Here is a DIY on How to change the N54 valve cover/gasket...

DIY E90 N54 Valve Cover Gasket
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=775317


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I did this on my 135i about a month/two months ago. I also replaced the spark plugs at the same time. There's a DIY on here somewhere that I followed...

Ah..

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=775317
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      02-24-2017, 12:05 PM   #11
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Eccentric shaft sensor. I have a 128
Ok gotcha. I had never heard of this sensor before. I just Google'd it and found this DIY over on the e90forum...

Eccentric Shaft Sensor Replacement
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=697252


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Btw... ray-ray89 Here is a DIY on How to change the N54 valve cover/gasket...

DIY E90 N54 Valve Cover Gasket
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=775317


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This is a great help thanks!!
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      03-23-2017, 09:00 PM   #12
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ray-ray89 So how did your valve cover turn out? Any update ???
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      03-23-2017, 09:02 PM   #13
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ray-ray89 So how did your valve cover turn out? Any update ???
It turn out good it's just that the old oil that's leaking it was still smoking when I took it for a test drive
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      03-28-2017, 10:39 PM   #14
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I am literally shoulder-deep in mine right now. I'm gonna tell you now, this isn't for the faint-of-heart. The theory itself isn't the issue, putting it into practice is. Be prepared for scraped knuckles and a lot of swearing.

I do have a question, how did you get the valve cover to come out? I've got it all unbolted, and it's loose, just can't get the clearance to get it out. Thought about removing the cross-bar, but not sure how the other end is attached? I'm tired of messing with it for the night. I'm replacing the gasket and the valvetronic gasket as well. Also need to figure out how to replace the breather tube. The other ends are underneath the intake manifold.
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      03-30-2017, 08:53 AM   #15
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Ok.. Figured it out. For anyone who has never done this, but needs to - Some tips:
You will need to remove the stabilizer bar going from the cowling to the strut tower, and also remove the cover to the white electrical interconnect box. I also used a bungy cord to hold the cabling up that crosses over the engine.
Once off, look for the breather caps that may fall off (this breather cap). The walkthrough on Pelican Parts says to Crazy Glue that back on, but I couldn't get the glue to hold. Ended up using JB Weld. Worked like a charm. I don't want that coming back off inside my valve train!
I did the valvetronic gasket and eccentric solenoid gasket while I was at it. I don't want to have to go back in there.
Not done yet, but I used this guide to get it done:

Pelican Parts e90 Guide

I hope this helps someone!!
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Do you think the N52 will be much different? I have to do this asap as I am losing a half quart every 1500 miles or less. I'd rather not pay someone way more than it should cost to do something I'm positive can't be that difficult.

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Ok gotcha. I had never heard of this sensor before. I just Google'd it and found this DIY over on the e90forum...

Eccentric Shaft Sensor Replacement
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=697252


Attachment 1574574





Btw... ray-ray89 Here is a DIY on How to change the N54 valve cover/gasket...

DIY E90 N54 Valve Cover Gasket
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=775317


Attachment 1574589
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      05-16-2017, 01:03 PM   #17
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Do you think the N52 will be much different? I have to do this asap as I am losing a half quart every 1500 miles or less. I'd rather not pay someone way more than it should cost to do something I'm positive can't be that difficult.
Should be pretty much the same procedure on a 128i. I would say as long as your semi mechanically inclined... go ahead and attempt the repair. Having a friend around to help you out is also not a bad idea. Often times having two sets of eyes on a problem can be helpful.

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