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Valve Cover Gasket Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Valve Cover Gasket Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$10

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm deep socket, torque wrench

Applicable Models:

BMW E10 2002 Coupe/Conv (1967-76)
BMW E21 320i Coupe (1977-83)

Parts Required:

Gasket

Hot Tip:

Clean around the covers before removing

Performance Gain:

No oil leaks

Complementary Modification:

Replace worn out hoses

A leaking valve cover can do more to ruin a clean engine bay quicker than almost any common problem you are going to have with your 2002. The gaskets on the 2002 are not paper and are not prone to leaks. However, if you start to see a small leak, change your gasket right away before it becomes a big one and causes a mess. The gasket is quick, cheap and easy to replace.

You are looking at one of the most beautiful BMW 2002's engine bays you will ever see because we had the pleasure of working on the Clarion Build's BMW 2002 right after it finished its restoration.
Figure 1

You are looking at one of the most beautiful BMW 2002's engine bays you will ever see because we had the pleasure of working on the Clarion Build's BMW 2002 right after it finished its restoration. While there is nothing you have to move out of the way to get to the valve cover, there are a few things attached to it that you need to remove. Depending on the condition of your vehicle, the year and induction system your vehicle runs and the brackets may vary.

The Clarion Build's BMW 220 has dual Webber side draft carburetors.
Figure 2

The Clarion Build's BMW 220 has dual Webber side draft carburetors. Part of the throttle return spring is mounted to one of the valve cover nuts. Begin by removing the throttle return spring (red arrow).

Next, remove the breather hose from the valve cover (red arrow).
Figure 3

Next, remove the breather hose from the valve cover (red arrow).

There are six 10mm nuts and one 10mm bolt that hold the cover in place (red arrows).
Figure 4

There are six 10mm nuts and one 10mm bolt that hold the cover in place (red arrows).

The hardware on your motor will determine which tool you need to use.
Figure 5

The hardware on your motor will determine which tool you need to use. Due to the hardware on the Clarion car we had to use a 10mm deep socket to clear everything (red arrow).

If your motor has the spark plug retaining wire clip this is also held in place by one of the valve cover nuts (red arrow).
Figure 6

If your motor has the spark plug retaining wire clip this is also held in place by one of the valve cover nuts (red arrow). Use care when removing this so that you don't scratch the valve cover.

Remove the hardware working from the center outwards.
Figure 7

Remove the hardware working from the center outwards. Then remove the valve cover.

Remove the old gasket (red arrow).
Figure 8

Remove the old gasket (red arrow). The gasket is not paper and should not stick to the head or valve cover.

Clean both mounting surfaces on the head and cover.
Figure 9

Clean both mounting surfaces on the head and cover. Do not use anything metal or sandpaper that could scratch, gouge or make the surfaces uneven.

Install the new gasket and replace the valve cover on the head.
Figure 10

Install the new gasket and replace the valve cover on the head. Torque in two stages working with the torque pattern in this photo. You just want to compress the gasket and make sure not to over tighten it. First stage torque is 70 inch/lbs. The second stage torque spec is 85 inch/lbs.


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