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      02-06-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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Oil leaks

I did my first oil change, reset the service interval display, changed out a burnt out brake light bulb, and headlamp unit. Now on to the next project, finding and stopping an oil leak. I thought I would start with the valve cover, and move on from there. Any suggestions on typical sources?
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      02-08-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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Check the sides of the engine to determine where the leaks may be coming from. I had the pleasure of doing this in my wife's X3.

If oil residue is visible on the engine block facing the passenger side, you have a valve cover gasket leak. I replaced the VCG two years ago because of a small leak.

If oil residue is visible on the side facing the driver, you could have a leaking oil filter housing gasket (OFHG) or CCV. I cleaned the engine block thoroughly and watched for oil residue to determine where the leak was coming from. After some spirited driving, it was clear the OFHG was leaking. I had this changed at the dealer because I didn't have time to do and I got a X1 loaner

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