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      08-21-2014, 09:47 AM   #1
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Oil Leak - 335D

Hey y'all,

Took my car to a local trustworthy garage who I've used for the other cars in the family and upon inspection he said it's the sump gasket which is leaking. I had turned up there with the red boost pipe + fittings from Forge Motorsport thinking it's that that needs replacing..

He advised I take it to an indy to have the sump gasket done and the silicone pipe changed simultaneously for peace of mind and now that i already have it.

I just wondered what sort of costs are associated with this please, parts and labour?

I'm not going to skimp on costs but I rang the dealer just to get an idea on price and it was incredible (and i was only quoted the labour for the 1st hour). I don't understand why anybody even goes to the stealers.

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i wouldnt imagine the gasket itself cost more than 20 and rest is in labour to drain oil, drop sum, replace and refil with new oil/filter. i would hazzard a guess maybe an hours labour charge

reagrds to the boost pipe i had the seals replaced at local garage who charged me 30 and took him 20 mins to do.
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This is a big job.You have to drop the subframe to get the sump off.If I recall around a 4 hour job.
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That sounds about right.. hence why my local garage didn't want to do it as it's a new motor for them LOL..

But Mistryn thanks for the heads up matey.
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Is you're driveway perfectly flat?had the engine been running before you checked level?
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This is a big job.You have to drop the subframe to get the sump off.If I recall around a 4 hour job.
it's fairly rare Kris you get asked to do this sort of job can't recall in the 2 years 4months I've been doing this job I've seen one being undertaken but times use you're quoting a figure that does seem logical(though I can't be 100%)due to wonders of the subframe being in the way, which I know you get into re say a 318i/320 from memory.

I was thinking also and I've spoken to Sam today of a few things as Sam was explaining on the phone and it's not easy to get a handle on what you're facing until the cars on your ramp but a few things spring to mind but it's so damn difficult without seeing the car.

Things like oil level sensors leaking(you and I know this happens/they fault too)giving issues if this is allowing oil to wash down and it's mixed with air flow/rain water/puddles it'll create a mess making it more difficult to spot, hence it's worth having the car cleaned underneath to ensure you've got a clean sheet to look at/work with to make a leak diagnosis(if there's a leak)easier to confirm.

Other issues like oil filter housing gasket if leaking /dripping downwards again it'll cover the underside and water/air flow will push the residue oil rear wards coating the underside?

It's all possible as are other issues but again I could name several other areas issues that will/can cause leaks oil drips or is pushed downward forced back again with the airflow and this can/may cloud the picture.
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it's fairly rare Kris you get asked to do this sort of job can't recall in the 2 years 4months I've been doing this job I've seen one being undertaken but times use you're quoting a figure that does seem logical(though I can't be 100%)due to wonders of the subframe being in the way, which I know you get into re say a 318i/320 from memory.

I was thinking also and I've spoken to Sam today of a few things as Sam was explaining on the phone and it's not easy to get a handle on what you're facing until the cars on your ramp but a few things spring to mind but it's so damn difficult without seeing the car.

Things like oil level sensors leaking(you and I know this happens/they fault too)giving issues if this is allowing oil to wash down and it's mixed with air flow/rain water/puddles it'll create a mess making it more difficult to spot, hence it's worth having the car cleaned underneath to ensure you've got a clean sheet to look at/work with to make a leak diagnosis(if there's a leak)easier to confirm.

Other issues like oil filter housing gasket if leaking /dripping downwards again it'll cover the underside and water/air flow will push the residue oil rear wards coating the underside?

It's all possible as are other issues but again I could name several other areas issues that will/can cause leaks oil drips or is pushed downward forced back again with the airflow and this can/may cloud the picture.


True it is a rare job,but I would say I've even been conservative with the time.I recall a little while back a guy with an e90 330D had an oil leak and someone had cross threaded the sump plug so needed a new one.One of our guys was on it a good 2/3 of the day due to seized bolts/captive nuts etc.
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True it is a rare job,but I would say I've even been conservative with the time.I recall a little while back a guy with an e90 330D had an oil leak and someone had cross threaded the sump plug so needed a new one.One of our guys was on it a good 2/3 of the day due to seized bolts/captive nuts etc.
Yep seen a sump or 2 knackered by hammer and spanner in the past, you can sometimes helicoil the sump (if you're lucky)

I've also seen cracked sumps condemned (yet have been perfectly serviceable with a fine decent quality weld repair)something that's as an Indy you can do but taking one of these sumps off which I'm supposing is dealer etiquette is shall we say time consuming.

It's a game all this though. But Sam be interesting to find out what exactly is tasking place very interesting indeed
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I have recently had my sump replaced after it cracked, due to misfitting of a new clutch by previous owner.

New Sump was circa 250+vat, total cost of fitting, including oil change + breather hose was 850 on a 320d at BMW specialist Indy
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