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All the parts you need to replace – Rocker Cover Gasket for 5 Saloon (E39) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: rocker cover gasket – BMW 5 (E39). Tools you might need:
All-purpose cleaning spray
Electronic spray
Sealant
Torque wrench
Drive socket # 8
Drive socket # 10
Ratchet wrench
Seal scraper
Flat screwdriver
Crow bar
Fender cover
Replacement: rocker cover gasket – BMW 5 (E39). AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • Replace the gasket every time the valve cover is removed.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: rocker cover gasket – BMW 5 (E39). Use the following procedure:
  1. Step 1
    Open the hood.
    Step 2
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
    Step 3
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    Unscrew the engine cover fastener. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  2. Step 4
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    Remove the engine cover.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: rocker cover gasket – BMW 5 (E39). Do not use excessive force when removing the part as this may damage it.
  3. Step 5
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    Unscrew the engine cover fastener. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench. Use a flat screwdriver.
  4. Step 6
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    Unscrew the oil filler plug.
  5. Step 7
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    Remove the oil filler cap.
  6. Step 8
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    Remove the engine cover.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: rocker cover gasket – BMW 5 (E39). To avoid damaging the part when removing it, do not use excessive force.
  7. Step 9
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    Install the oil filler cap.
  8. Step 10
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    Tighten the oil filler cap.
  9. Step 11
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    Unplug the connectors from the ignition coils. Use a crowbar.
  10. Step 12
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the ignition coils. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  11. Step 13
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    Take out the ignition coils from the spark plug wells.
    Replacement: rocker cover gasket – BMW 5 (E39). Tip from AUTODOC:
    Remember the sequence of steps for ignition coil demounting.
  12. Step 14
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    Unscrew the fastener of the chassis (ground) terminal of the ignition coils. Use a drive socket #8. Use a ratchet wrench.
  13. Step 15
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    Raise a little the wiring of the ignition coils and move it aside. Use a flat screwdriver.
  14. Step 16
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    Clean dirt, dust and debris from inside the spark plug wells.
  15. Step 17
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    Remove the crankcase ventilation hose.
  16. Step 18
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    Unscrew the fastener of the chassis (ground) terminal of the ignition coils. Use a drive socket #8. Use a ratchet wrench.
  17. Step 19
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    Unscrew the engine valve cover fasteners. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  18. Step 20
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    Remove the engine valve cover.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: rocker cover gasket – BMW 5 (E39). Do not use excessive force when removing the part as this may damage it.Be careful to prevent dust and dirt getting into the engine.
  19. Step 21
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    Remove the valve cover gasket. Use a seal scraper.
  20. Step 22
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    Clean the engine valve cover mounting seat. Use a seal scraper. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
    Replacement: rocker cover gasket – BMW 5 (E39). Tip:
    Be careful to prevent dust and dirt getting into the engine.
  21. Step 23
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    Install the engine valve cover gasket.
  22. Step 24
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    Treat the engine valve cover mounting seat. Use a sealant.
  23. Step 25
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    Install the engine valve cover.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: rocker cover gasket – BMW 5 (E39). To avoid damaging the part during installation, do not use excessive force.
  24. Step 26
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    Clean the valve cover fasteners. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  25. Step 27
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    Tighten the engine valve cover fasteners. Use a drive socket #10. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 15 Nm torque.
    Replacement: rocker cover gasket – BMW 5 (E39). AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Tighten the fasteners in the order shown in the diagram in the manufacturer's instructions.
  26. Step 28
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    Tighten the chassis (ground) terminal of the ignition coils. Use a drive socket #8. Use a ratchet wrench.
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