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Old 01-20-2012, 11:26 AM   #1
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Oil leak = Head gasket?

So I noticed a bit of an oil leak this morning after driving my car to work. The oil is leaking onto the heat shield above the header, and smoking up my whole engine bay.

Does this mean head gasket is gone? Where do you guys recommend to get this done? cost?? I'm in Markham area, so hopefully somewhere not too far...
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:38 AM   #2
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:46 AM   #3
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valve cover gasket
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:47 AM   #4
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Find where the leak is coming from first....
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:01 PM   #5
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Found a similar case reported on this thread:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=882732



Where do you recommend to get this done?
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:08 PM   #6
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The oil is leaking from your valve cover gasket...any independent shop can complete the repair,,,
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:41 PM   #7
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If your in the Markham area, i highly recommend MVSMotors.
Great trustworthy guys. Check them out at MVSMotors.com
They deal with Porsches and BMW'S basically anything European, and then some.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:47 PM   #8
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I doubt it's the head gasket, but if you're unsure, which sounds like you are, take it to one of the reputable shops on here. Bimmersport, RMP, and Pfaff just to name a few...all great shops with good BMW credibility.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:52 PM   #9
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Be thrilled its just a vale cover gasket

Common repair btw, 2 bimmers, 2 valve cover gaskets lol
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:23 PM   #10
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agreed. Vcg is a common issue after 7 years or so, had mine changed at rmp. might as well get the thermostat changed, belts, etc at the same time.
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Old 01-21-2012, 06:46 PM   #11
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changed mine twice in 3 years, common and no big deal to change
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:06 PM   #12
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thanks guys. Pretty straightforward DIY. Changed the VCG in about 2.5 hours. =)
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