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      02-09-2018, 07:20 PM   #1
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Replacing Eccentric Shaft Sensor...what else?

Found out that my eccentric shaft sensor needs replacing due to the infamous oil leak around it. While I am in there, here is a list of items I am going to replace so this is a one time gig. Also, does it matter if I get OEM for any of these parts? Ill probably get OEM for the VCG but the eccentric shaft sensor is really expensive. Id rather VDO or a cheaper brand if its reliable. I plan on getting the ECS kit if it comes back in stock. I have also seen $80 Eccentric sensors from China on EBAY. Should I stay away from those?

Eccentric Shaft Sensor
Valve Cover Gasket
Eccentric Shaft Sensor Gasket
Aluminum Valve Cover Screws
Eccentric Shaft Actuator Gasket

The questions I have are: should I get an entire new valve cover? And are there any other misc parts I should replace such as the sleeves, etc?
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I got this kit. It got everything you will need except for eccentric sensor.

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...-11127582245kt

Depending on the mileage you can swap out your plugs. When putting everything back on, make sure your coils are properly seated (wires seated inside socket).
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If you're going to the trouble of removing the valve cover - look into doing MILVS.
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If you're going to the trouble of removing the valve cover - look into doing MILVS.
Not interested in spending another 300$ lol not sure what it really does either.

Any reason I can't buy this kit? Seems like they have sold alot with all positive reviews:https://www.ebay.com/itm/Engine-Valv...ZYgMwY&vxp=mtr
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why would you spend money on new valve cover if your old one is not broken?
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why would you spend money on new valve cover if your old one is not broken?
They are prone to hairline cracks and mine is covered in oil. If its not cracked, i guess it will stil work, but for an extra $100 or so it seems like a no brainer. I also just want to see if anyone has an objection to that kit? for $135 you get the Cover, the gasket, bolts and the eccentric gasket. So ill id have to buy would be the sensor its self. Not a bad deal if you ask me.
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Not interested in spending another 300$ lol not sure what it really does either.

Any reason I can't buy this kit? Seems like they have sold alot with all positive reviews:https://www.ebay.com/itm/Engine-Valv...ZYgMwY&vxp=mtr
Interesting link. It sure is cheap - about 60% of the next cheapest one I've seen, but I wonder about the quality. Not exactly a job you want to do twice.

Made by JDMSPEED. I've not heard of them, but that prolly doesn't mean much as I don't keep track of these aftermarket companies. I'd dig into other reviews of their parts and see where that takes you.
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Interesting link. It sure is cheap - about 60% of the next cheapest one I've seen, but I wonder about the quality. Not exactly a job you want to do twice.

Made by JDMSPEED. I've not heard of them, but that prolly doesn't mean much as I don't keep track of these aftermarket companies. I'd dig into other reviews of their parts and see where that takes you.
I think I am going to buy it. It has a one year warranty. At the end of the day it seems they are all plastic, sure they may have different qualities, but from what ive read sounds like the engine cover fitment is the main item that varies.
To be safe, I think I am going to buy all OEM gaskets and small parts. Although you have to question whether OEM is any good considering they are all shit at 60K miles...

The last piece of the puzzle is figuring out which Eccentric sensor to buy. Again, there seems to be some at $90, some at $150-200$ and then OEM at $400. I think alot of people have used the VDO brand which is $195, however theyre out of stock...
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I think I am going to buy it. It has a one year warranty. At the end of the day it seems they are all plastic, sure they may have different qualities, but from what ive read sounds like the engine cover fitment is the main item that varies.
To be safe, I think I am going to buy all OEM gaskets and small parts. Although you have to question whether OEM is any good considering they are all shit at 60K miles...

The last piece of the puzzle is figuring out which Eccentric sensor to buy. Again, there seems to be some at $90, some at $150-200$ and then OEM at $400. I think alot of people have used the VDO brand which is $195, however theyre out of stock...
If you get it give it a good comparison to your OE cover while you have it off. I wouldn't be surprised if it were made with the same mold as it's quite intricate. Look for brace webbing in the same locations, etc.

VDO is good stuff. Check any ebay vendors or the like?
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