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Old 09-10-2009, 01:53 PM
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How to replace Engine Valve Cover Gasket for X5 4.4?

Hello everyone,
I have X5 4.4 2002 early model with 125K miles.
Last weekend I replaced the spark plugs and noticed some engine oil sitting around plug 7 and 8. not much though. I managed to clean it and replaced all with new plugs.
Question here is: Do anyone of you know how (DIY) to replace the valve gasket on 4.4 model?

I managed to took all 11 screws out but I could not remove the valve cover to remove the gasket, do I need to remove the plugs as well?

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Old 09-10-2009, 01:59 PM
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earlier post with pics somewhere here - not just valve cover, but valve gaskets need to be replaced - just had that done at my Idaho dealer - will stop by my dealer to find out what needs to be removed for access
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Did you have to replace both or just one side? if you don't mind, how many hrs did the dealer charge on labor?
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have to look that up, but I don't think they broke it down - reason?..., my Idaho dealer gives me some price breaks (or at least the service mgr & mechanic do) - had that done with spark plugs, fuel filter ($208), both differential service, brake service, radiator flush, tranny service, and replaced broken rear door lock ($341) for a total of $1616. individual prices are what I can remember from original workup, plus labor rate is less out here. they had it for 5 days, as some parts needed to be ordered - will get the bill from the car later and will post what I can here

of, yeah, some hoses also - the ones behind the 4.4 engine (2- ~30mm dia) 2nd time for these as they wear out from the inside (42k & 104k) - to check yours, feel if they are flexible and feel soft, then they need replacement - believe these are coolant hoses
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Hi Ahadi try this link its same as e39 v8 4.4

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I will give it a try.
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Old 09-10-2009, 05:17 PM
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okay, got the bill (still have to get to the dealer) - right front valve cover gasket was leaking (+ 100k tuneup)

spark plugs, distributor for trans. fluid, fuel filter w/ pressure re., brake fluid, antifreeze, door lock w/motor actuator, torx-bolts w/washer, clip natur(?), water hose, rubber seals, one set of profile gaskets = $683 parts + $868 labor, then tax & misc +$1616

the workup prices included parts & labor, so the door lock was $215(p) + $126(L) = $341

fuel filter $107(p) + $101(L)

mostly I don't quibble over prices, they have a standing order from me to replace anything that is marginal, or due to be replaced - work consisted all in the above post plus transfer case service
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hold the phone chaps ,
there are more diy`s on e38 tips and tricks , link is on this forum home page .
here is a pic showing the clips that hold the connector box to the injectors , better pics are on the link .
ok found all relevant pics so here ya go and good luck.
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Thank you all!!!
I will give it a try.
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hold the phone chaps ,
there are more diy`s on e38 tips and tricks , link is on this forum home page .
here is a pic showing the clips that hold the connector box to the injectors , better pics are on the link .
ok found all relevant pics so here ya go and good luck.
Thanks for the write up!
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