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Engine Cover Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

10 min

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

Hands

Applicable Models:

BMW 320i Sedan (2013-16)
BMW 320i xDrive Sedan (2013-16)
BMW 328d xDrive Sedan (2014-16)
BMW 328d/i Sedan (2012-16)
BMW 328i xDrive Sedan (2013-16)
BMW 330e Sedan (2016)
BMW 335i Sedan (2012-15)
BMW 335i xDrive Sedan (2013-15)
BMW 340i Sedan (2016)
BMW 340i xDrive Sedan (2016)
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Sedan (2013-15)

Hot Tip:

Wiggle and pull at the same time

Performance Gain:

Access to the engine systems

Complementary Modification:

Change cabin air filter

Like most modern cars the engine in the BMW 340 is hidden by a vanity cover. This cover is made from plastic and doesn't really do anything but hide the components of the engine from display and tidy up the appearance of the bay. I guess it can be handy if when opening the hood you suddenly forget what type of car you own.

You will need to remove the cover to service the components and systems on the top of the engine including things like the coils and plugs.

Removal is quick, easy, requires no tools and can be done in minutes. About the only thing you need to worry about is to not put the cover down face first so you will not scratch it.

The engine cover (red arrow) is made of plastic and covers the entire top of the engine with the exception of the oil filler cap.
Figure 1

The engine cover (red arrow) is made of plastic and covers the entire top of the engine with the exception of the oil filler cap.

It is held in place by four rubber cups incorporated into the cover that sit on plastic studs mounted to the engine.
Figure 2

It is held in place by four rubber cups incorporated into the cover that sit on plastic studs mounted to the engine. Start at one corner and wiggle and lift the cover straight up.

With the cover off you can see the four mounting studs on the top of the engine (red arrows).
Figure 3

With the cover off you can see the four mounting studs on the top of the engine (red arrows). These are the areas where you want to place your hands near to when lifting the cover.

The plastic studs (red arrow) are incorporated into different components on the engine so use care when working on them or around them to not damage them, they are not cheap or easy to replace.
Figure 4

The plastic studs (red arrow) are incorporated into different components on the engine so use care when working on them or around them to not damage them, they are not cheap or easy to replace.

This photo illustrates the rubber cups the studs fit in.
Figure 5

This photo illustrates the rubber cups the studs fit in. These can dry out over the years and if yours are getting old and brittle you may want to use a little White Lithium grease on them. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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