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Purplefade 04-25-2019 11:47 PM

As I said to X5only, I was going to try and video the entire job and then do some editing... but the garage owner wonít let me... he said I was totally cool to pic as much as I wanted to, but no video... Iím still pushing the issue a bit, but being nice enough to lend me his entire garage so that I can pull the X right into the middle and setup all of my LED lighting and shelving to lay everything out on... Iím not going to push too hard ☹️

andrewwynn 04-26-2019 01:11 AM

Use time lapse mode. No video just a picture every second or two.


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X5only 04-26-2019 01:14 AM

Yep, as Andrewwynn says. I cannot reiterate this enough:take as many pics as possible before you make the next move as you work. It saved me in reassembling things back together exactly the way they were before. At times one gets too confident, stops work for the day, and then the next work session becomes a hustle as you put things together.

SlickGT1 04-26-2019 02:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Purplefade (Post 1160993)
Ha! ďDevil gasketĒ, ďMasturbate with a cheese graterĒ - you guys crack my ass up, thatís historical!

I know itís a total bitch... but I have the slightest bit of dampness that I managed to track back to what I think is that mofo bracket... so I figured... while I was in there I might as well do a little suffering... TRUST ME, if I get everything cleaned up nicely and I find it to not be that gasket - I will happily forego that torture for when itís absolutely necessary!!

With FCP being so easy to return to, I figured I would err on the side of have and not need vs need and not have... and then have to wait. That said, for what the odds and ends parts set me back, Iíll shelve them until I do need them since it really isnít if, itís more when...

Very true. That gasket is cheap as a beer. How do you like buying a $5.00 gasket for 10 hours of work? I made a write up on this by the way. Itís a bitch, especially with both axles having to come out. Some people having a nightmare when their axles are stuck in there, I was very fortunate that my originals came out with a regular crow bar love tap.

Itís a devil gasket because BMW gave us the horns by using cheap shit in a spot that is protected by the Jesus bolt. The Jesus bolt is the one that it right behind the diff. As in, Jesus, which mofo put this forking bolt right behind the diff?

Quicksilver 04-26-2019 03:24 PM

I didn't go thru all the post responding to the OP But I did have this problem.
I did find this info but replaced the CVC diaphragms before reading the solutions listed here.
https://xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-forums/...lem-fixed.html. My blue smoke is gone for the time being.
Who knows you may find a simple fix also.

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Originally Posted by Purplefade (Post 1159648)
Hi guys, being a do it yourselfer, I think it is time for me to tackle the dreaded valve stem seal replacement job on my 4.4i.

Iím definitely open to suggestions but at 113k miles and smoking like a mosquito fogger after idling for even a few minutes (nice big plume of white smoke) I think itís time to bite the bullet.

I have replaced all of the CCV components, bumped my oil to 10w40 synthetic and still smoking after any kind of ďminorĒ idle time.

Strange thing is that it came on quick, like one day I didnít notice it and the next day POW, smoke, and it only seems to be getting worse.

No loss of power, no rough idle, no codes, nothing but smoke and sticky tail pipes.

Thoughts?


Purplefade 04-26-2019 07:05 PM

Time laps! I like that, I think that may just work! - Good Call!!

Quicksilver, Iíve been through the CCV and actually replaced the diaphragms once and then all of the tubing and diaphragms a second time... I was hopeful but to no avail...

With the CCV being clean and new, I jumped up to thicker oil and restore, that actually worked for a bit but when the extended idle smoking came back... it came back with a vengeance!

Sitting at just under 115k and looking at all of the posts here and elsewhere... Iím sad to say, I believe I have fallen victim to cheap VSS from BMW ☹️

I have even gone through the majority of the vacuum lines, etc, just as a what if scenario and everything seems solid. I hate to say now that I have everything Iím committed... but planning to keep the X for as long as I possibly can, itís nearly inevitable that I will be doing them sooner or later, so... painfully... I think now that I have everything that Iím just going to dive in and do them.

As for that mondo pain alternator gasket, if I can absolutely confirm that it is dry - that little sucker isnít getting done... yet [emoji106]

Purplefade 04-26-2019 07:08 PM

I officially have everything ready - the pain and suffering will commence this coming Tuesday!

I will keep the masses posted on my progress for sure - wish me luck!

X5only 04-26-2019 08:05 PM

All the best, Purplefade, we got your back, have fun :thumbup:. Be careful of the spring keepers, they tend to fly out and play hide and seek :D.

EODguy 04-26-2019 11:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Purplefade (Post 1161075)
I officially have everything ready - the pain and suffering will commence this coming Tuesday!

I will keep the masses posted on my progress for sure - wish me luck!

Good luck and make sure you have all the little extras.....https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...4a3792874e.jpg

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Purplefade 04-26-2019 11:53 PM

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Good luck and make sure you have all the little extras.....https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...4a3792874e.jpg

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