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M54 valve cover #5405146 04/16/20 02:52 PM
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At 116K miles, my BMW needed another valve cover gasket job. The first one was done at 52K miles.

After replacing the gasket, while the shop was putting the valve cover back on, it cracked, so they gave me a new one. Here is the old one. This is what short tripping during winter months up north looks like.

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Re: M54 valve cover [Re: Quattro Pete] #5405150 04/16/20 02:56 PM
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Ouch! I am assuming that based upon this (during the winter months), you will either shorten your OCI or take some longer drives?


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Re: M54 valve cover [Re: Quattro Pete] #5405152 04/16/20 03:02 PM
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Does a lot of moisture!
if I was doing annual oil changes, i would do it in the middle of winter after a long nice run.

Have you replace the PCV system???

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that is some sweet sweet mayonnaise! LOL


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Re: M54 valve cover [Re: CarbonSteel] #5405162 04/16/20 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by 2015_PSD
Ouch! I am assuming that based upon this (during the winter months), you will either shorten your OCI or take some longer drives?

I do try to take longer drives on weekends, but I won't go out of my way and just waste fuel for no reason - that's what I have the SRT for. smile

This BMW is my winter beater, and I don't drive much in general. I put on about 4K miles per year on it and change the oil once a year in early Spring.


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Re: M54 valve cover [Re: OVERKILL] #5405165 04/16/20 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by OVERKILL
that is some sweet sweet mayonnaise! LOL

Might go well with some kraut and bratwurst. smile


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Originally Posted by LazyDog
Have you replace the PCV system???

CCV. Yup. Twice.


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that is some sweet sweet mayonnaise! LOL

Might go well with some kraut and bratwurst. smile


cheers


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Re: M54 valve cover [Re: Quattro Pete] #5405197 04/16/20 03:43 PM
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They sure don’t make valve covers like they used to.


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Originally Posted by PimTac
They sure don’t make valve covers like they used to.


Believe it or not, these are the "better" ones. Newer ones list for 550 and have an integral PCV.


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Originally Posted by Audios
Originally Posted by PimTac
They sure don’t make valve covers like they used to.


Believe it or not, these are the "better" ones. Newer ones list for 550 and have an integral PCV.



Plastic valve covers are $550??!?!?!?! wow..

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Originally Posted by amblerman
Originally Posted by Audios
Originally Posted by PimTac
They sure don’t make valve covers like they used to.


Believe it or not, these are the "better" ones. Newer ones list for 550 and have an integral PCV.



Plastic valve covers are $550??!?!?!?! wow..


its a bmw, endless money pits.


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Originally Posted by amblerman
Originally Posted by Audios
Originally Posted by PimTac
They sure don’t make valve covers like they used to.


Believe it or not, these are the "better" ones. Newer ones list for 550 and have an integral PCV.



Plastic valve covers are $550??!?!?!?! wow..

AND they get hard/brittle with age and heat.
Never had that problem with alum valve covers on the old ones.


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I have heard that the plastic parts on BMW's go belly up as they age.

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Originally Posted by 50jeffrey
I have heard that the plastic parts on BMW's go belly up as they age.

Not just BMW, but any car with plastic engine/cooling components.
Just ask Scotty Kilmer
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