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      01-02-2013, 09:57 PM   #1
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Drives: 2007 328i Sport Wagon
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: California

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Oil leak on top left side of engine

Got an oil leak, appears to be coming from the Valvetronic or Valve cover gaskets with a little bit coming from the valve cover case. I've read about the bolts breaking on the valve cover, but I think I'll replace the valvetronic gasket first since that's easy and cheap.

When I got the car three months ago, I went around a hard left and a bunch of oil went on the catalytic converter. I had it towed to the dealer and they said a tech forgot to put the oil cap on and they said the cleaned the whole engine.

I drive for another 3,000 miles and notices a little smoke again.

I pull off the engine cover and immediately tell that was not the issue as there is no sign of there ever being any oil residue around the oil cap.

What's happening in the oil is filling gathering slowly where the coil packs are and when I make a hard turn every couple of weeks, it pisses over the side and drops on to the converter causing smoke.

Dropping down on just above that blank metal cap with two screws here:

80 320i + 07 328i Wagon + 09 Cayman + 65 Volvo 1800S

Last edited by barkles; 01-15-2013 at 12:37 PM.