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    328i 1998 valve cover gasket replaced

    car has 85K miles on it and it was leaking oil along the passenger side of the engine.
    not enough to cause oil loss that u see on the dipstick but
    u would get a bad smell in the car from burning oil as the car heated up.

    anyway wasnt too bad of a job.
    DOnt have to remove the plug wires from the valve cover.
    it just unscrews.

    be carefull with some of the small nuts . dont let them fall in the spark plug hole.
    had to pry off the valve cover with a screwdriver.used the part of the engine that has the ring for the hoist as leverage.
    after that came off rather easy .

    part of the gasket was in real bad shape .
    although didnt get oil in the spark plug holes. the gaskets around the plug area was very brittle.
    i could tell it was going to leak into the plug area soon.

    probably made a mistake getting the gasket from the Stealer for 60 bucks when mail order had it for 20
    but with gaskets i didnt want to take a chance
    also replaced all plastic bolt seals but the old ones werent cracked.

    took almost 3 hours.

    leaks gone.

    btw how long do the head gaskets in these cars last ???


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    That's a common leak, but head gasket not so

    I think it's safe to say all the valve cover gaskets leak eventually.

    But head gasket failures are not common. It's usually caued by over-heating the engine or very heavy duty use.

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    I'm new to this site. I own a 1995 325i bmw,its been over heating so i had some work done on it;changed water pump(from plastic to metal prapeiler on pump),flushed raidiator,new therm,and i still keep over heating!
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