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Replacing Your Valve Cover/Seal on your BMW
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Valve Cover/Seal on your BMW

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

****

Tools:

Set of sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers

Applicable Models:

BMW 325i Sedan (2006)
BMW 325xi Sedan/Wagon (2006)
BMW 328i Coupe/Conv (2007-13)
BMW 328i xDrive Coupe (2009-13)
BMW 328i xDrive Sedan (2009-11)
BMW 328i xDrive Wagon (2009-12)
BMW 328i/xi Sedan (2007-11)
BMW 328i/xi Wagon (2007-12)
BMW 328xi Coupe (2007-13)
BMW 330i/xi Sedan (2006)
BMW 335d/i/xi Sedan (2007-11)
BMW 335i xDrive Coupe (2009-13)
BMW 335i xDrive Sedan (2009-11)
BMW 335i/is Coupe/Conv (2007-13)
BMW 335xi Coupe (2007-13)

Parts Required:

Valve cover gasket, valve cover bolt set, eccentric shaft sensor gasket, valvetronic motor gasket, RTV (silicone sealant)

Hot Tip:

Work with a cool engine.

Performance Gain:

Repair oil leaks

Complementary Modification:

Change engine oil and filter. Change spark plugs. Replace eccentric shaft sensor.

The valve cover gasket is one of the most common places to have an oil leak on your BMW E90. If you have an oil leak down the exhaust side or front of your engine, start at the top and replace the valve cover gasket. When the valve cover gasket leaks, it can create quite a mess and seem much worse than it is. Engine oil can also leak into spark plug hole in cylinder head, contaminating the ignition coil. You will have to repair the oil leak and clean or replace the ignition coil. Inspect valve cover once gasket has been removed. They can crack from heat or impact. I find cracks around the grommet sealing holes or at front near VANOS actuator. If you find a crack, you will have to replace valve cover. The valvetronic motor gasket can also leak. This leak usually fills the center top of valve cover with engine oil. If you have a BMW E90 with a metal valve cover, you will have to replace the valve cover fasteners each time you remove them.

Remove engine covers. See our tech article on engine cover removing.

Disconnect negative battery cable. See our tech article on battery replacing notes.

Also see our tech article on Valvetronic Motor Replacing.

Working at front of radiator support, remove two T20 Torx fasteners from the intake duct.
Figure 1

Working at front of radiator support, remove two T20 Torx fasteners from the intake duct. (green arrows)

Working at intake air duct connection on air filter housing, using a small flathead screwdriver, release retaining tabs on each side and pull duct off.
Figure 2

Working at intake air duct connection on air filter housing, using a small flathead screwdriver, release retaining tabs on each side and pull duct off. Normally-aspirated engine shown. For turbocharged engines, the duct on the radiator support unscrews the same as the previous step, the duct for the air filter housing is also removed the same way, the air filter housing is in a different spot. Follow duct and release tabs to remove duct.

Then, pull intake duct out of radiator support and remove from vehicle.
Figure 3

Then, pull intake duct out of radiator support and remove from vehicle. (green arrow)

Working at wiper cowl, remove plastic cover using a small flathead screwdriver.
Figure 4

Working at wiper cowl, remove plastic cover using a small flathead screwdriver. (green arrow)

Working at wiper cowl, remove strut brace E20 fastener (green arrow).
Figure 5

Working at wiper cowl, remove strut brace E20 fastener (green arrow). Then remove strut brace E14 fastener (yellow arrow). Once fasteners are removed, remove right section of strut brace from vehicle.

Working at back of valve cover, squeeze breather hose release tabs and pull off valve cover.
Figure 6

Working at back of valve cover, squeeze breather hose release tabs and pull off valve cover. (green arrow)

Next, you will have to disconnect all six ignition coil electrical connector.
Figure 7

Next, you will have to disconnect all six ignition coil electrical connector. (green arrows)

Unlock ignition coil electrical connector by pulling tab up 90
Figure 8

Unlock ignition coil electrical connector by pulling tab up 90°. (green arrow)

Next slide electrical connector out of ignition coil.
Figure 9

Next slide electrical connector out of ignition coil. (green arrow) Then remove all ignition coils.

Remove ignition coil from cylinder head by pulling straight up.
Figure 10

Remove ignition coil from cylinder head by pulling straight up. If coil resists, twist when pulling up to break free from spark plug. The ignition coil rubber boot can become stuck to spark plug over time.

You can also use a flathead screwdriver to lever coil up and out of cylinder head.
Figure 11

You can also use a flathead screwdriver to lever coil up and out of cylinder head. Be very careful using this method as coil is made of plastic and easily damages.

Unplug the eccentric shaft sensor electrical connector by detaching locking tabs with a small flathead screwdriver and pulling up and out of sensor.
Figure 12

Unplug the eccentric shaft sensor electrical connector by detaching locking tabs with a small flathead screwdriver and pulling up and out of sensor. (if equipped). NOTE: If there is oil in the connector, the eccentric shaft sensor MUST be replaced. 

Next, I like to remove the E-box cover.
Figure 13

Next, I like to remove the E-box cover. You don't have to do this, but it provides extra clearance when you remove valve cover. Unlock two sliding locks (green arrows) then disconnect locking tabs (yellow arrows) and remove E-box lid.

Pull wiring harnesses out of mount.
Figure 14

Pull wiring harnesses out of mount. (green arrow)

Remove two 8mm ignition wiring harness ground fasteners.
Figure 15

Remove two 8mm ignition wiring harness ground fasteners. (green arrows)

Detach ignition wiring harness from valve cover by disconnecting locking tabs (green arrows) and pulling up.
Figure 16

Detach ignition wiring harness from valve cover by disconnecting locking tabs (green arrows) and pulling up. Lay hardness aside.

Next, remove all six ignition coil insulators from valve cover.
Figure 17

Next, remove all six ignition coil insulators from valve cover. This also provides more clearance when removing valve cover. Using 90° snap ring pliers, compress insulator and slide up and out of valve cover. Do this for all six ignition coil insulators.

The fuel injector harness has to be removed next.
Figure 18

The fuel injector harness has to be removed next. The harness is one solid plastic connector with individual connectors for each fuel injector. There are wire clips that hold the harness onto each fuel injector. You can disconnect each wire clip, then pull harness up off fuel injectors. I like to use an alternative method. Use a small prybar and lever between the harness (green arrow) and cylinder head. When doing this, you have to use one swift action to disconnect harness. Once the first two unclip, the remaining clips can be disconnected by pulling up. Be careful when using this method, if you lever at an angle or force an injector to move, you may damage a fuel injector.

Lift fuel injector wiring harness up and lay aside.
Figure 19

Lift fuel injector wiring harness up and lay aside. Remove Valvetronic motor (if equipped). See our tech article on Valvetronic motor replacing.

Working at center of valve cover, remove three 10mm mounting fasteners.
Figure 20

Working at center of valve cover, remove three 10mm mounting fasteners. (green arrows)

Remove nineteen E8 fasteners from perimeter of valve cover.
Figure 21

Remove nineteen E8 fasteners from perimeter of valve cover. (green arrows) Note locations of each fastener, there are a few that have a special collar on them, you want to be sure these get reinstalled in the correct position. Check valve cover fasteners with a magnet, if they are aluminum, discard. You will need new fasteners when installing.

Then lift valve cover up and off cylinder head.
Figure 22

Then lift valve cover up and off cylinder head. Feed valve cover out from under wiring harness and remove from engine.

Once the valve cover is removed, check that the breather connection on valve cover did not fall off.
Figure 23

Once the valve cover is removed, check that the breather connection on valve cover did not fall off. It is quite common for this happen. Look in area indicated by yellow arrow, the cap (green arrow) will stay on cylinder head if it fell off.

If breather connection on valve cover did fall off, use crazy glue to reattach it to valve cover.
Figure 24

If breather connection on valve cover did fall off, use crazy glue to reattach it to valve cover. (green arrow)

Thoroughly clean valve cover, then install new gasket into gasket recess in valve cover.
Figure 25

Thoroughly clean valve cover, then install new gasket into gasket recess in valve cover.

Gently lever eccentric shaft sensor seal out of valve cover using a flathead screwdriver.
Figure 26

Gently lever eccentric shaft sensor seal out of valve cover using a flathead screwdriver. (green arrow) Do not install new seal yet. Leaving out while installing valve cover makes installation easier. Place valve cover on cylinder head and install all fasteners finger tight. Then tighten fasteners in a cross-cross pattern.

With valve cover installed, press new eccentric shaft seal into valve cover.
Figure 27

With valve cover installed, press new eccentric shaft seal into valve cover. I like to use a socket to press seal into valve cover. A 30mm socket should work, depending on the brand of socket, you may need something larger or smaller.

This photo shows eccentric shaft seal installed properly.
Figure 28

This photo shows eccentric shaft seal installed properly. (green arrow) Reinstall ignition coils and install and route wiring harness as previously installed.

Remove two T30 Torx fasteners for the Valvetronic motor gasket.
Figure 29

Remove two T30 Torx fasteners for the Valvetronic motor gasket. (green arrows)

Using a flathead screwdriver, gently lever gasket out of valve cover.
Figure 30

Using a flathead screwdriver, gently lever gasket out of valve cover. You will not need a lot of force to do this, gasket will pop right out. Once gasket is free from valve cover, remove and discard.

When installing new gasket, be sure black stripe is facing up.
Figure 31

When installing new gasket, be sure black stripe is facing up. (green arrow).

Then press into valve cover until fully seated.
Figure 32

Then press into valve cover until fully seated. Install Valvetronic motor in reverse order of removing. Use a 4mm Allen bit to rotate motor clockwise while installing into cylinder head. Once flush with cylinder head, install fasteners and tighten. Remember, if you removed aluminum fasteners, replace them each time they are removed. Be sure wiring harness is routed as it was before and engine covers are properly aligned. Turn key to ON position for 30 seconds, then OFF, then ON again for 30 seconds before starting vehicle.

When repairs are performed on the Valvetronic assembly the limit stops have to be relearned.
Figure 33

When repairs are performed on the Valvetronic assembly the limit stops have to be relearned. You will need access to a BMW scan tool to do this procedure. The limit stops are the mechanical limit stop, end to end of rotation of the eccentric shaft. The DME (digital motor electronics) records these stops via the eccentric shaft sensor to determine mechanical adjustment limits of the eccentric shaft. With that said, when removing the motor to replace the gasket you are not changing the mechanical position of any Valvetrnoic assembly components, a relearn is not always needed. Now use this with caution and when in doubt, perform the relearn. Do your research and check with up to date repair information before beginning. Install remaining items in reverse order of removal. Be sure all wiring harness are properly connected and routed as before. Start and idle engine, inspect valve cover and surrounding areas for oil leaks. Once complete, reinstall engine covers.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Androdz Comments: Strut brace is an e18 not an e20.
November 27, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jeff Comments: I have a 2007 328i with an oil leak. I replaced the valve cover with a 2006 325i valve cover because I was told it was compatible. I threw away the gasket in the process due to frustration of getting it on. I did not replace the bolts or grommets. The leak has since worsened and is now leaking onto the exhaust causing a LOT of smoke, especially when I stop. Can you clarify for me - Is the valve cover I have compatible or not? If I install the gasket for current valve cover and/or replace bolts/grommets could it fix it or do I need the valve cover for the 328i? It looks like the leak is coming from the area that the oil separator would be on the valve cover for the 328i. Is there anything I can do to salvage the one I have now without replacing the entire valve cover again? Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.
November 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would assume the cover is damaged. The plastic covers has a tendency to warp or crack. I would remove and inspect it, replace with new if needed.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Fred Comments: Using this guide to replace Eccentric shaft sensor. Between figure 11 and 12 the valve cover changes from metal to plastic. Therefore the ignition wiring harness is layed out slightly different. The metal one has 2 aluminum bolts that hold the harness to the metal valve cover. Was wondering if these aluminum bolts specifically can be reused?
October 23, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Aluminum fasteners can't be reused. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sam Comments: Valve stem seal and valve cover gasket are the same thing?
October 20, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No. Completely different. One seals the stem of the valve, the other the cylinder head cover. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ivan Comments: So i just recently changed my valve cover gasket and spark plugs and now im getting missfire in cylinder 3 i swapped coils , and sparks plug and still at cylinder 3 . any suggestion please ?
should i swap fuel injectors? and if i do do i have to re code them ?
THANKS!
October 17, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would assume a ground or something else was left off. First, determine what is missing during the combustion cycle, causing the misfire. I would check spark, fuel and compression on all cylinders. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
335xi2007 Comments: Dealership said I didn't tighten the ignition coil grounds enough after I replaced my VCG - and this lead to my DME going bad. Have you ever heard of this?

"The damage is not necessarily immediate, but is caused by the rapid arcing and voltage spikes caused but the ignition coils."

2007 335xi e90 n54
PS. I already spent $2200 because they replaced the camshaft bearing ledge and a vanos unit. error 2aa4 & 3100 it didn't fix the problem, codes are still there, and they still have the car. Now they're saying it's a faulty DME and I need to replace that. Can loose ignition ground coils cause this type of problem?
August 10, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I have seen a loose ground cause a voltage spike, but usually only resulting in misfires. What is wrong with the DME? Are the coil drivers shorted? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Vinny Comments: Nothing on the step was mention using the RTV silicone sealant on the gaskets only for the section parts required?
July 31, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, no silicone. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
vonk2002 Comments: In figure 5 you say: "remove strut brace E20 fastener green arrow" On my 2009 E92 328i the fastener is an E18, E20 is loose but will probably work, E18 is the correct one though.
July 17, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Fastener sizes may vary. Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jim Comments: Good idea It is a 325i. no fault codes. has spark, and fuel. I removed the valvetronic motor and this time a threaded it in. still won't start, just turns over.
Is there some alignment that needs to happen with valve tronic motor?

July 6, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You may have to relearn the limit stop using an advanced BMW scan tool. like Autologic. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jim Comments: I replaced the valve cover gasket. The car will not start now. Could it be the valvetronic motor? It turns over but will not start. Fuel? Spark?
July 3, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You didn't mention what vehicle you are working on. Does the vehicle have fuel, spark and compression? It could be something as simple as a connector not seated correctly. Start by checking for fault codes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
garicktsui Comments: I almost get this job done, thank you so much for this write up. However, I found it is uneasy to install the spark plug heat shield back probably Even by using a C-clip tool. Now the heat shield is not sitting "low" enough in its "tube". Are there any tips to do that? My valve cover is now back to place and all harnesses are connected.
June 13, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Squeeze the heat shield and twist it as you push down, it should snap into place. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
photoman142 Comments: If I am just replacing the head gasket and the other seals do I need to do step # 33, calibration etc?
May 16, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, especially is replacing the head gasket. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jonty Comments: Cover Replacement Actually I also need to replace it but I face some issues. This is helpful blog to me. Thanks for sharing information regarding BMW 3 Series E90 Cover Replacement.
May 8, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Frankie Comments: I got stuck here last night. I don't know what tools I need to get this guy off referring to the blue arrow.
April 8, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: External Torx. The fastener types are noted in the article. http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techarticles/BMW-3-Series-E90/FUEL-Valvetronic_Motor_Replacing/FUEL-Valvetronic_Motor_Replacing.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts  
chelo Comments: do you know the name of this part or where can I buy it?
April 7, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That is part of the valve cover. Pelican Parts has it. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Frankie Comments: What happens if you do not have a BMW scan tool to conduct the relearn? Where can I get a BMW scan tool to do this?
April 7, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will need to take it to a shop that has one. You can use an Autologic scan tool or BMW ISTA. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ichiban Comments: Hi Nick. I have a 2007 328i and a 2006 325i that I'll be changing the VCG's on because they both are leaking oil onto the exhaust manifolds and smelling the place up. All the VCG bolts that I can get to with a magnet are steel. Do I need to replace them or some of them or should they be okay? Thanks.
February 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If steel, you will only have to replace the rubber grommets that seal the bolt bores. Some valve cover kits come with bolts with preinstalled grommets. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jeff Comments: When replacing the valve gasket on a 2007 BMW X3, can I reuse the valve cover bolts and do it appears they do not have any rubber grommets associated with them - is this correct?
February 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will need to replace them. I recall they come with the sealing grommets. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
JakeD Comments: Thanks for the walk-through, I had a very minor oil leak in the spark plug tubes so I replaced the VCG on my 01' X5 4.4i.

Now I have codes P1341, P0201, P0202, P0208, P1343, P1357 and P1345.

Any ideas?? It's not drivable as it shakes a lot....

February 14, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Something is either connected improperly, or the faults are coincidentally on. Start by double checking the seals, hoses and wiring. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Eazy Comments: I had no engine codes or SES light, but had an oil leak that was dripping onto the exhaust. Thus performed valve cover gasket VCG replacement. Afterwards the car started fine, however after about three seconds idle becomes extremely erratic for few seconds and then settles to perfect idle. Car drives fine. Ran codes and there were several. Mechanic cleared and car ran perfectly. After turning off and sitting a few minutes it was back to the erratic idle a few seconds after start. Now only one code P0012. Everything I have read says camshaft or intake/exhaust solenoids, but you would think I would have had the codes before the VCG replacement. Thoughts?
February 8, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would think they would be there before. It is worth having the valvetronic motor limits relearned. That may fix your issue. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Trav Comments: I replaced the valve cover seal and now get random misfires but mostly in 4&6 all new plugs and coils , 2008 335xi
February 7, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You either have an issue with a connection or a vacuum leak Recheck all the hoses, connectors and engine seals. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
JJ2Y Comments: Hi, I am having a hard time taking the valve cover off. My car is a 2006 325xi N52. I must have broken the breather hose in the back and the head may be in the way see picture. Where do I squeeze the hose to pull the remaining head out? Also, any suggestion how I can maneuver the valve cover out?
February 3, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The ribs on the collar in your photo, squeeze both sides with the ribs and pull the hose off. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Raul Comments: Nick,

I can't thank you enough. I am trying to diagnose all issues with my car and a video would best show where i am finding oil. You said previously that i need to replace the VCG, would you recommend anything else? Also, I am worried that I will find more problems that can't be fixed the same day if i attempt to replace the VCG. How often does replacement go smoothly?

https://youtu.be/c0Cqb4bf6p4

Background:
80K replaced new spark plugs and coils pending oil change
70K oil change +1 quart at 79K...car said it was low
car drive fine however i hear a rattle that sounds a "leak" out of the manifold? Hard to describe, possibly nothing.

As always, many thanks! Your service has won me over as a customer.
January 19, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hard to say without seeing the vehicle. If you have a valve cover gasket leak, start there and look for other leaks as you work or after it is repaired. Sometimes it takes starting at the top and working your way down the engine. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Atran04 Comments: Great article I will use it to replace my cracked valve cover, I see in the pictures there are both the aluminum and plastic valve covers. Do you happen to know if I could use a aluminum valve cover from an 06? I have an 07 328i, if I buy the valve cover gasket for it and new bolts? Thanks
January 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can't add an aluminum cover to a plastic cover equipped car.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
chris Comments: I just performed all of these steps EXACTLY as stated and now my car wont start. Quadruple checked all of the connections and everything is installed correctly. The engine is cranking, but not igniting. I am thinking that the valvetronic motor may need to be "relearned" as stated. If so, is this consistent with the problem? I have a 2009 328i, and i am POSITIVE everything has been connected correctly. This valvetronic motor is the only thing i am not familiar with. If so, what is the BMW scan tool that I need? Is there a specific part number? Thank you so much for your help in advance
January 2, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the motor limit is incorrect after this repair, it would be minimal and likely not cause a no start. When your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and fuel pressure, volume, quality and engine compression. Are there any fault codes? Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Aaron Comments: So I did this over the weekend, when the valve cover was coming out, a cap that sits on top one of the tubes on the back of the valve cover broke off, chipping a piece of plastic off the tube itself. I reseated this cap and bonded it with epoxy, there was a tiny pin hole which would allow air / oil to move between this tube. I believe this is part of the CVV system and now the car has rough idle, SES, and codes P0171 and P0174. Would this compromised part cause the issues I am seeing?
December 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It could be. Steps 24 - 25 illustrate reattaching it. I would check for vacuum leaks to start. That would be more common. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Missal Comments: Great right up.Attempting valve cover gasket replacement on an 08 328i
November 20, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Adeel Comments: Can you please provide some guidance on how the Valvetronic assembly limit stops are relearned?
November 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Using a scan tool, you select the function to perform the adaptation. The DME handles the rest. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Cypress 328 Comments: I removed the right rear motor cover bracket and removal/install was much easier. Tape a torx bit into a 1/4 inch socket and use a 1/4 inch drive with extensions and a swivel. Kind of tricky to get it on and off but the valve cover will be much easier to get out and in.
October 25, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
posulli Comments: What would be the indicator that the vavletronic stops do need to be re learned?
October 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: A fault code or when you replace or remove a component that would require the adaptation. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
posulli Comments: If I am just replacing valve cover gasket do I need to reset valvetronic stops? Car is 2008 BMW 328xi Coupe
October 12, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Most times, no. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Travis Comments: Just wanted to clear up some confusion I had with one of the part names in the list of required parts. Here the part is listed as "valvetronic motor gasket", but in your parts catalog it is listed as "Eccentric Shaft Actuator Gasket". On RealOEM it is listed as simply "Gasket" Part# 11377516302. Just for consistency's sake they should at least match names between this tech article and your own catalog since it took me a half hour to figure out what this part is really called.
October 6, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
kenster90 Comments: Does the Baverian Technic Scan Tool provide the software means to relearn the Valvetronic assembly limit stops?
October 6, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't have any experience with that tool. I would give them a call to find out. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
rock07 Comments: Hello nick question i have an oil leak coming what i assume is from my valve cover but there is oil on the top slots next to the spark plug chambers i also notice a vibration which rattles parts inside the seating compartment its not really bad but i never really noticed it before my 07 bmw 328i convertible has 134k miles would having a leak from my valve cover create a vibration to the enging?
September 3, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the valve cover is cracked, the engine will run poorly. Check if the valve cover is cracked or the breather portion is faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dave Comments: This may seem like a dumb question but what is the RTV sealant used for?
August 25, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: usually for sealing the sharp bends or curves in a gasket. Not necessarily needed on this engine. It is in the queue to be removed from the list. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
kenzen Comments: Hi I'm kenzen driving 323i was taking a turn then car lock cluch n brake, I switch it off then wen I want to start the car cnt coz the cluch cnt press, what cn be the problem?
August 14, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I can't help without knowing what is missing from the system when you are trying to start it. When your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and fuel pressure, volume, quality and engine compression. Are there any fault codes? Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sebrina Comments: I got it all back together but now I am having a ticking noise. Can it be the valvetronic motor? I reset it twice before starting. Also smoking from back of engine. Gonna recheck my seal.
June 16, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Ticking sounds can be anything from an exhaust leak to an oil pressure issue. Where is the ticking originating from? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mattypiper Comments: I successfully performed this DIY a few weeks ago. Thanks for the steps. To get the valve cover out, I had to remove the radiator hose going to the reservoir. It was easy to remove the hose as I had already drained the coolant during the oil filter housing gasket replacement earlier in the day. It made the valve cover much easier to slide in and out. I replaced the eccentric shaft sensor too, man that thing was expensive. My old one was covered in oil, as is the norm it seems. The gasket around that sensor had become very brittle and was a pain to pry out. I think that replacing that gasket and the gasket for the valvetronic motor were very critical in fixing the oil leaks on my engine.

One other tip, to get the fuel injector harness off, I would definitely use a small pick to remove each individual little clip and then remove the harness. This article mentions just prying it off with a big flathead. In my case, I tried it and was sweating profusely and decided I was going to break something. Going in and delicately sliding off the little clips made overall removal much easier for me.

The bad news is that I broke the crankcase breather hose that connects to the back of the valve cover. I just patched the hose with some tape for now while I ordered the crankcase breather hose. For a 2007 328i, the part number for the hose is 11157559528. Now I'm trying to figure out how to put it back on without removing the intake manifold. I think I can do it by pulling off the alternator, so I went ahead and got new bolts for that. Now I just need to pull the belt, the alternator, and try to get the old hose out and the new hose in. Another job for another weekend. Tips for doing this will be appreciated! The pelican tech article on working with the breather valve involves removing the intake manifold, but that just seems like too much work for this hose and could cause more problems than running the engine with a duct-taped breather hose!
June 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for sharing your installation process and experience. These type of comments add so much to the Pelican tech community.


Tip: Get the lower portion installed first, work with the intake ducts and throttle housing removed. Once snapped in, the upper connection is easy to work with. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
JD Comments: Hello Nick! I have a question regarding about replacing hydraulic valve lifters on bmw 325i 2006, should i replace hydraulic valve adjuster only on exhaust side or bought side? Please help me.
June 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If doing one, do them all. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Lui Comments: Hey nick what are the torque specs for the valve covers torx screws /
May 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You didn't mention what vehicle you have. turbocharged: 75 in-lbs
normally-aspirated: 63 in-lb. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
clubsfl Comments: thanks for your response. it wasn't a line that broke but the plastic part fell off that you advise to glue on Figure 24. I didn't glue it basically didn't use that part at all. and now i don't have that part anymore to glue it back it looks like a plastic tab figure 24 for vapor or something. i was wondering if it is okay driving without that little plastic in place?
May 4, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You need that piece. You may need to replace the valve cover if it is missing. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
clubsfl Comments: ..breather connection which I also didn’t’ take with me. Probably disposed already
If it is important do you know where I can find that part? I can’t seem to find it anywhere.
What I want to ask is do you think I will run into problems without one of those connections in place?
Also my second question is I am observing excessive fuel consumption 9-12mpg after the VCG change. It used to be around 18mpg.
The VCG is sealed well, no oil leak or vacuum leak present. I did run the engine for a few minutes with vacuum leak in the beginning before I noticed the problem and redid the VCG replacement with no leaks.
Do you think it is something to do with the placement of ignition plugs or coils? I remember couple of the spark plugs was dipped in a bit of engine oil?
Looking forward to your advice.
May 1, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
clubsfl Comments: Hi there and thanks for the great tutorial. Too bad I found your tutorial after I completed the DIY. Would have helped me a lot.
I have two questions. I did the DIY at a DIY garage and as you mentioned one of the breather connections on valve cover fell off.
We tried to glue it with some sort of grease i don't really remember the name of the product let it rest but it didn't hold well. Now I know we should have tried a krazy glue.
Long story short it didn't hold well and we decided to discard the
May 1, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If one of the lines break, you have to replace it. Glue will not fix it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
rricardo99 Comments: hello I'd like to know if I need to apply silicone sealant on Valve Cover Gasket BMW 325i 2006
April 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No. There are no surfaces unions that require it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
PC Studio Comments: Thanks Nick -
I traced it back to the Power Distribution Block on top of the Battery. I guess one of the fusible links blew. Once I replace the Power Distribution Block all fired error codes cleared themselves.
April 29, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Awesome. Thanks for the follow up. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Tylerfw Comments: I have one E10 bolt left to remove from the valve cover and it's behind this round stainless piece and I'm not sure what it is. It looks like it would be easy to remove the two bolts holding it in place but when I attempted this, there was a huge spark... and the battery is disconnected!!! Can you please explain how to work around this? Thanks
April 28, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can remove the secondary air valve. It should have two 10mm nuts holding it on. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
PC STUDIO Comments: HI Nick - The 40A Fuse with no power is the one in the E-box with the white cover rear of the front engine compartment on the passenger side where the CAN system is located. That is the only fuse in there and it appears that from the Valvetronic Motor wiring, that is where it id fed from. I've been staring at it for a week trying to figure it out so any help is really appreciated!
April 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: On your model the valvetronic motor is directly powered from the DME. If you have a main fuse that has no power, I would start there. Check if the fuse block is missing terminal 30 or 15. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
PCSTUDIO Comments: Hi Nick - Thanks for the help. I checked the 40A fuse in the E-Box. I also checked all the fuses in the Power Block behind the glove compartment and tested OK. The car runs and can go 50 MPH and I had previously checked the Valvetronic motor seating and all was OK. It just seems I'm getting no power to the Valvetronic motor I checked it with a meter.
April 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you found a fuse with no power, I will need the fuse number to help any further. I would have to see if I have the correct wiring to trace down the open circuit. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
PCSTUDIO Comments: Thanks - It seems that I have no power at the Valvetronic motor. I checked the 40A fuse and relays which are good in the e-box and there doesn't seem to be power there either. Is there another fuse somewhere?
April 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What fuse number did you check? Most of the large fuses get terminal 30, from the main supply at the battery. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
PC Studio Comments: PCSTUDIO Comments: Hi, I have a 2008 328xi. Last week I had an engine misfire on cylinder 5 and the check engine light came on. Since it has 125k miles, I figured it was time for plugs & coils. While I was in there I changed the leaky valve cover gasket. After an initial difficulty starting, the car starts up but I get a P1056 & P105b code. It's in a limp mode now. I checked all my connections and sensors. Any thoughts?
April 24, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the Valvetronic motor was removed, see if the limit needs to be relearned. You will need a BMW scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
tom nguyen Comments: man , very good , i understand very clear, thanks
April 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Randall Comments: I'm about to decide whether or not to proceed with an eccentric shaft sensor replacement and I am wondering-Since the later plastic valve covers seem to be problematic, would it make sense to replace with the earlier aluminum version?
April 20, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You would have to retrofit the early breather system as well which MIGHT have a different intake manifold. Stick with the plastic one, and definitely replace the eccentric shaft sensor! - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Gabe Comments: Hi Nick, Wanted to say thanks for your awesome write-ups. I just removed my valve cover 2006 325i and inside I saw bits of hard black plastic. My valve cover is the metal one with red gasket. Could this be from my oil filter housing or should I be replacing my pcv hoses as well? Thanks
March 18, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Can you share a photo of the plastic pieces?

I don't want to jump to conclusions here, as plastic can come from a few places. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Yoshida Comments: Hi Nick:
which crazy glue is recommended?
February 21, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Gorilla brand glue works well. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Tony Comments: Hello,

I replaced my valve cover step by step as you have it outlined. I finished put everything back together, start it up the car and it Started rattling. Waited a couple minutes turned it off then on again same noise took it for a test drive and 300 feet out it cut off on me. Needless to say j had to push it back. It signals battery on my dash but I'm not sure if it's that now? Any help.
Thanks
February 18, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Start by checking all the electrical connections and making sure they are correct.

Then, I would check the DME for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jabbott27 Comments: In your parts listing, silicone sealant is shown, but it's not mentioned in the steps. How is it used?
February 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Ah, sorry about that. You don't need it on E90 models. I will have that removed from the parts list. Thanks for catching that. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
JimMoore Comments: Another quick question if you don't mind. Can I get a repair manual from this site? Is the manual from Bentley the OEM? Thanks again.
February 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, we have Bentley repair manuals. BMW does not sell a paper manual.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
JimMoore Comments: Hi guys. I'm planning to change the valve cover gasket on my BiL's 2008 335i. I don't know about Bimmer nomenclature, but it has the twin turbos. Anyway, I want to make sure I order the correct parts. I see the valve cover gasket p/n 11-12-565-286-BOE, right?, but I don't see where to order the eccentric shaft sensor gasket, the valvetronic motor gasket, or the valve cover bolts. Can someone send me a link to point me inthe right direction? Should I just call the parts phone number? Thanks in advance.
February 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Your vehicle won't have the Valvetronic motor. I believe the turbocharged models received them in 2011, going by memory.

Best bet is to call. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Teson Comments: Thanks for the info very helpful what is the torque necessary for the bolts on vc of a 328i 2008 sedAn? Thank you .... Also do you have article on how to change breather Hose on valve cover ?
January 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't have the torque specs handy. I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799.


Here is an article on the breather components:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techarticles/BMW-3-Series-E90/ENGINE-Crankcase_Breather_Valve_Replacement/ENGINE-Crankcase_Breather_Valve_Replacement.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Will Comments: Hey nick, what are the specific torque specs recommend from factory for the valve cover bolt screws?

Do you think the torque wrench is recommended?
January 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would recommend torquing the fasteners. I however do not have them handy. I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
joe Comments: My mechanic replaced the entire valve cover and not just the seal for an oil leak. Before i ask him, do you know why this might have been done?
January 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The valve cover may have been warped. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jaysodapop Comments: I have a 2006 330i and i bought a genuine valve cover gasket. do i need to buy a silicon sealer for it? if so which one would you recommend and which area do i apply it on the new gasket?
January 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You should not need any sealant with this valve cover. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
rricardo99 Comments: Thank I like to know how can I remove one broken fastener
in front the engine and what kind the tool I need to do this job.
January 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: A drill and a bolt extractor. Specific tot he size of the bolt you have to remove. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
e90-us Comments: After doing this job, it makes sense to cut a notch for the valve cover on the back. That back is flexible, and I happened to use a big flat head screw driver to lift the back area up, but a notch probably would have been easier. I used a dab of rtv on each corner to make the gasket stay in place when dropping it on. I would comment that even following the instructions to a T, I received an SES light after a bit. I happen to have a Bavarian Technic, which has the relearn option in it, which settled everything down and cleared the codes. Expect the hose on the back of the manifold to break, it will very brittle and should probably be replaced at this point anyway. I would also check very carefully the eccentric sensor and clean out any oil, there is bound to be some in there at this point, that gasket is also brittle at this point. And if the new one doesn't fit, I'll bet the ring from the old one is still on and needs to be tapped off. It's easy to pull the old rubber and think you have it, when you have only grabbed the center. And you probably want to replace oil cap gasket, it is also probably shot.
December 16, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
mako Comments: Thanks for the great documentation. I'm doing this for an '07 E83 X3 with the N52. I know some things are different but the motor itself should be identical. My question is with the fit of the valvetronic gasket. I lined up the T30 torx screw holes perfectly with the stripe on the gasket pointing up. However once I placed the gasket into the VC I could still shift/slide it around. I had a hard time believing this would form a good seal and stop the leak and it hasn't. After installation the car ran perfectly with no codes but after a 15 minute drive I noticed some oil pooling in the pit between the spark plug wells which I had cleaned thoroughly with a towel and qtips prior again. It was minor but there.

Should it have snapped into place snugly?

And are there any torque specs to observe for the 2 screws that mount this gasket as well as for the 3 E8 bolts that mount the valvetronic motor?

Thank You!
December 13, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, it should fit tight. You may have the wrong part. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
kenzen Comments: Hi, I have 323i 06 E90 I'm about to start the project, I'm asking about the sillicon, where to apply it. Thank u.
November 10, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: These models don;t need it like the older models, due to the lack of camshaft cutouts in the cylinder head. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
twinky64 Comments: Hello Nick. I have two questions. Can you help me answer, please?

1. Does rotating the valvetronic motor via hex actuate the exposed shaft length longer/shorter or is it a worm shaft? About how many rotations of the valvetronic motor is expected for removal and installation?

2. I have an automatic transmission for N51 328xi 3 stage manifold. On a slight incline and keeping the accelerator constant 5%-10% throttle, I experience slight engine pulsing which feels like the throttle is slightly/gently blipped at a frequency of once per second. It feels like somebody slightly gently presses the throttle for a brief moment and lets off with the same intensity; over and over provided I keep a light load on a slight incline. What can cause this issue? Note: DS mode and Manual mode does not have this characteristic. Only D has this issue.

warm regards
November 6, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is a worm drive. Rotating it allows you to slowly lower the Valvetronic camshaft to it;s rest position.

The pulsing could be caused by fuel delivery issue or air delivery. You will need to look at fuel control to see what it is doing when the problem is present.- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Cabobimmer Comments: Hi, I am just doing this repair but when following the steps I realized that my ignition coil insulators don't have the little holes to compress them. My car is N52 325i 2006 with metal valve cover. Please help. I stopped the repair because I have no idea how to remove the insulators.

Thanks a lot
September 1, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You should not have to remove anything from the aluminum valve cover. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rich Comments: Can the aluminum valve cover bolts be reused?

If they should be replaced, do you sell a kit with all the different bolts?
July 23, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Each time an aluminum bolt is removed it has to be replaced. We do have kits for the valve cover. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Cabobimmer Comments: Sorry my lack of knowledge, but what meas 3AZ, 4AZ and 5AZ ON ALUMINIUM BOLTS TORQUE SPECS? thanks a lot
July 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: 3AZ, 4AZ and 5AZ are references for the BMW factory repair document where the torque specs are located. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Marion325i Comments: One little hint that I think helps. On my 06 325i I removed the part on the firewall though which the strut braces go. It's held on with 3 screws, 2 of which are thread cutting type. It seems to provide just a little extra clearance for what I think is the EGR tube on the back of the valve cover. I also remove the screws holding the bracket for the O2 sensors on the lower rear side of the cover. It is held on with a couple of small torx screws. I'm not sure this one is so helpful but it is something else to consider.
May 26, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jon Comments: I've removed the valve cover bolts and there was 3 bolts with longer washer. I don't recall where it goes and didn't see it in your illustrations. Please advise!!
March 25, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You must have holes with no bolts. I cannot comment more without seeing the bolts. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
06-325i Comments: Thanks for the writeup.

You mentioned RTV in the "Parts Required" section, but didn't mention using it in the writeup. Is this optional or mandatory to use? Where exactly should it be used?
March 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not required. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jscully Comments: It was part of a valve gasket, eccentric shaft sensor job. I had to remove the motor to replace the gasket on the valve cover and reinstalled it by just pushing it back in.
March 21, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Ok, thanks for the info. Usually you will not have to perform a relearn during that procedure. However if you are having an issue I would have it checked using a BMW scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jscully Comments: I have a similar situation with above mentioned more power but less mpg. How can you tell if a valvetronic relearn is necessary? Thanks
March 20, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you didn't change anything with the Valvetronic, a relearn is not needed. Were any parts removed or replaced? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sactown Comments: This article was invaluable, I probably couldn't have done it without this. I have a 2007 328i. It took me two days to at a relaxed pace to complete the gasket replacement. Having said that, removing the two valve cover bolts on the lower, rear corner is tough, but removing and installing the valve cover would cause a nun to swear. Like xclaude above, I also notched the lip of the wiper cowl so the valve cover breather could squeeze by. Also, E20 sockets aren't sold in stores so plan ahead. I had to resort to using a 14mm with an impact wrench for the strut brace center bolt. Thanks to Pelican Parts for this very informative DIY.
February 26, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback and additional info (tips). Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Brandon Comments: one thing that is missing is the torque values, what are they on the bolts, so you do not break one?
January 14, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Type Thread Tightening Value

1AZ bolts cylinder head
(Steel bolt)

N52 M10x125 Replace screws

Tightening Torque 30 Nm

1st angle 90 A

2nd angle 90 A

Third angle 45 A

2AZ bolts cylinder head
(Steel bolt)

N52 M9x95 M9x125 Replace screws

Tightening Torque 30 Nm

1st angle 90 A

2nd angle no

Third angle 45 A

3AZ bolts cylinder head
Aluminum bolts are marked in blue.

N52 M9x30 M9x70 Replace screws
Thread only restore using AL-Helicoil

Strictly observe the moment and tightening angle


Tightening Torque 15 Nm

Torque angle 90 A


4AZ cylinder head cover to cylinder head
Aluminum bolts are marked in blue.

N52 M7x33, 5 M7x43, 5 Replace screws
Thread only restore using AL-Helicoil

Strictly observe the moment and tightening angle


Tightening Torque 7 Nm

Torque angle 90 A

5AZ motor to the cylinder head cover, aluminum bolts are marked in blue N52 M6x21 Replace screws
Thread only restore using AL-Helicoil

Strictly observe the moment and tightening angle


Tightening Torque 4 Nm

Torque angle 90 A

- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Ned Comments: Hello,

Can you do you a write up for the e90 320i 4 cylinder?

Thanks.
January 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't have that vehicle here in the US. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
sammy Comments: Thanks for the great write up. I was able to follow it and replaced my gasket 2 weeks ago. Now that the oil leak is gone but I notice the car seem to have more power but less gas mileage. Would this be related to the valvetronic motor? Can you please advice?
December 12, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, the adjustment should not have moved if all you did was replace the gasket. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Flyer80t Comments: Completed replacing valve cover gasket set and other gasketsbut now after a some driving I have a loud knocking sound not the cold ticking noise. I run out of daylight so could not check in to it more but it does sound like it's coming from the engine. I'm parking it until next weekend when I have time to work on it again but wondering if you might know what it is? Have not had a chance to connect INPA yet as I'm getting ready for travel. Thanks for any insight.
October 20, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking the engine oil level. Does the noise sound like it is coming from the valve cover area? Could something be hitting inside the valve cover as a result of your repair? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
xclaude Comments: After completing this job I would increase both the talent level and time to complete this job. It took me about 10 hours to complete while taking my time of course and had difficulty removing the fuel injector wiring harness as well as getting the valve cover back on. I ended up cutting a notch at the top of the engine compartment to provide clearance for the valve cover when reinstalling...which made the job much easier. In my case 06 BMW 325i my valve cover gasket and cover are metal and not rubber. Hope this helps!
October 1, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info and feedback. This job can be challenging, I'm sure your notes will help people in the future.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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