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2004 bmw 545i oil leak left side front of motor dripping alt bracket

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2004 bmw 545i oil leak left side front of motor dripping alt bracket
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By left side do you mean the passenger side out the drivers side?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

drivers side , car has 105,0000 miles should i go ahead and replace vc gaskets

i do have a repair shop but mostley acura honda lexus repairs

The valve cover gaskets are a common leak on this engine as well as the upper timing covers. Just make sure the leak is not coming from the timing covers before replacing the valve cover gaskets.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
would you replace timing cover gaskets first , that looks like where the leak is coming from ,r they just a small paper gasket. one more bit of info please labor time for left & right thanks kelly
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
left & right timing cover gaskets

Thank you very much for the accept and the bonus!


If you suspect the timing covers then I would replace them first because you have to remove the valve covers to get the upper timing covers off. labor is 13.65 hours for both upper timing case covers.

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