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Thanks guys. Yes, perhaps it is with specific models.
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x5 warped valve cover

So, I got some pictures and sure enough the left side has a ~3mm gap. ie warped. Here are the photos. Looks like I need a new VC.
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Does anyone know where I can get Viton FKM VCG’s?
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Question X5 left valve cover gasket fix only or more

So, I am in two minds with something. I have a leaking left valve cover gasket but the other side is ok. The left timing cover gasket is almost there for leaking but still ok. I understand you have to take off the valve covers to replace the timing cover gaskets? Is this correct? So, letís say I replace the left valve cover gasket and a bit down the track the left timing cover gasket needs replacing. Do I then need to do the whole job again.

I am also thinking of cost and time. Doing it all (both left and right VC covers, gaskets, both TC cover gaskets, vanos solenoid seals, coolent transfer pipe fix (the easier way), etc is not cheap plus the car would be out of action for some time. BMW valve covers are also quite expensive.

Just on a tight budget at the moment and yes I have been told: then donít by a bmw X5. However, I have grown fond of it. Is this the curse of this model? ) At the moment I dont have a full time job so cant upgrade just yet.


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Ok, apparently not...found the answer..https://xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-forums/...ve-covers.html
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Ok, apparently not...found the answer..https://xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-forums/...ve-covers.html
Hopefully you read the entire thread and came to the conclusion that it's prudent and wise to replace the timing cover gaskets at the same time as the valve cover gaskets. The timing cover gasket are so cheap and doesn't take much time to install.
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Yes, its seems like the case. But I will restrict myself to only doing one side at a time. I am going to have to get another valve cover which is a pain. I guess I should replace the pressure regulating valve as well while I am there and the vanos valve gaskets. So, I need some silicon lube for the spark plug tubes and grey rtv sealant for the vgc.

The other pain is I have a rear main seal leak but it is only minor.

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Yes, its seems like the case. But I will restrict myself to only doing one side at a time. I am going to have to get another valve cover which is a pain. I guess I should replace the pressure regulating valve as well while I am there and the vanos valve gaskets. So, I need some silicon lube for the spark plug tubes and grey rtv sealant for the vgc.

The other pain is I have a rear main seal leak but it is only minor.

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3 MM is not much. Since money is tight you could try adding a thin line of gasket sealer or gasket maker and over torque that side just a very little bit. Might not leak. Or there may be an aftermarket source that makes a slightly thicker gasket or out of another material that solves the problem.
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