Cylinder head cover gasket replacement

John Avis by | December 25, 2018 | My 1998 318is

There was oil around the exhaust side of the cylinder head cover gasket and also in one of the spark plug tubes so time to replace this gasket.
There was oil around the exhaust side of the cylinder head cover gasket and also in one of the spark plug tubes so time to replace this gasket.

I last did one of these on my first E30 318is and that didn't go well because I discovered that most of the threads were damaged and needed to be fixed.

The cover came off easy and I cleaned up the surfaces and put on the new gaskets. As I tried to put it back on the engine the gasket fell off so I tried a little liquid gasket to hold it in place.

This worked well but it was very hard to tell if the half-moon shaped pieces at the rear went into position. Using a mirror they seem okay, so hoping for the best.

With a torque wrench set to 10 nm the bolts seemed to be too tight and one felt to be stripping so I stopped on that one and stopped using the torque wrench and just used my best judgement.

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I am a bit of a 3 series fanatic, having owned a couple of E30s and a few E36s, plus a few parts cars. I like the combination of the compact size, good performance and handling, and that they are more sports sedan than an impractical and extrovert sports car. This blog is a place to share my experience and knowledge.

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