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BMW X3 External Engine Parts

BMW X3 External Engine Parts Looking for parts under the hood of your BMW? This section is for parts and accessories mounted to, and around, the engine. 'External' engine components covers parts and systems up to and after the cylinder head. Examples include crankcase vent valves, secondary air systems, idle control valves, oil filler caps, valve cover trim, and more. For parts within the engine and cylinder head see our 'Internal Engine Components' section.
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Valve Cover
  • All-in-one valve cover overhaul
  • Preventative replacement saves time and trouble later on
  • Includes new oil separator system
  • Replace valve cover gaskets before a leak becomes worse
  • Replace valve cover before it cracks


For the 2007 model year BMW switched to a plastic valve cover on the N51 and N52 engines. As we have seen over time the plastic can crack which leads to oil leaks, vacuum leaks, poor running, and other issues. Unfortunately, it's not just the gasket that needs periodic replacement but the entire valve cover itself. This kit includes a new valve cover, gaskets, eccentric shaft seal, and hardware. The valve cover also incorporates the oil separator which is not a replaceable item on its own. So a complete valve cover replacement will tackle multiple problem areas at once. The valve cover is the same for N51 SULEV and N52 engines.

Cracked Valve Cover. The plastic used for the N52 valve cover is thin and weak in certain spots. This makes it prone to hairline or larger cracks that will leak oil and cause vacuum leaks. You might also notice rough running, especially at idle. Often a technician will go looking for a failed ignition coil, spark plug, or failed vacuum hose on the engine. And without a fault code to assist in diagnosis this can often mean wasted time and money. A cracked valve cover is a new problem area that many techs don't think to check.

Oil Separator/Crankcase Vent. BMW integrated the oil separator system into the valve cover on these later engines. An internal manifold creates a cyclone effect and centrifugal force separates vapor from the liquid oil. The liquid oil is supposed to drain through the valve cover and back to the oil pan while the remaining vapor is burned up during combustion. It's a very efficient and environmentally-friendly design with very few moving parts. Unfortunately it's not perfect and eventually the internal passageways will become clogged. This problem is made worse in cars that have short drive cycles, sit for long periods of time, do not have frequent oil changes, do not see regular runs to redline, and cars in freezing climates. If the engine never reaches optimal operating temp the oil remains in liquid form or becomes sludge. This is bad news for the entire engine, leading to fouled spark plugs, rough running and misfires and even premature failure of catalytic converters and oxygen sensors. Since the oil separator system in the valve cover is not available on its own, and cleaning it is nearly impossible, the complete replacement of the valve cover is the only option. Other oil vent tubes and vacuum hoses are also recommended to get replaced at the same time.

Valve Cover Gaskets. As with any rubber part, failures occur when the rubber becomes dry and brittle. The pliable rubber no longer forms a seal between the cylinder head and valve cover where it will develop an oil leak. Valve cover gaskets that leak can allow oil to seep into the spark plug holes and contaminate ignition coil boots and plugs. That can lead to rough running and misfires. A new valve cover includes new gaskets.

Eccentric Shaft Seal. The seal for the eccentric shaft sensor is a known spot for oil leaks. When the seal to the valve cover fails oil can end up in the sensor itself and ruin the sensor (an unecessary $300 expense). Usually a new seal (o-ring) will stop the leaks but sometimes the valve cover is at fault too. A new eccentric shaft seal is included.

All new hardware is included to avoid re-using and over-tightening the original bolts (they have a very low torque rating).

Replacement requires accessing the rear of the engine with a lot of the upper plastic shrouding removed. The vent hose on the valve cover should be replaced as it is almost always broken anyway (#11157559528). The metal fuel line must also be removed and disconnected from the fuel injectors. Professional installation is encouraged if you have never done this kind of work before. Serious DIY types should have a Bentley Service Manual to use which greatly explains the process. You may also want to combine this work with the oil filter housing gasket replacement.

There is no maintenance or replacement interval for the N52 valve cover. However, we have seen cracks and other failures in the 50,000-90,000 mile range. Our best advice is to plan on a major top end overhaul around the 70-80,000 mile mark. There's no mechanical downside to replacing it as prevention and it will make the engine run better and last longer.

This item fits the following BMWs:
2008-2012 E82 BMW 128i
2007-2011 E90 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Sedan
2007-2012 E91 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Wagon
2007-2013 E92 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Coupe
2007-2013 E93 BMW 328i - Convertible
2008-2010 E60 BMW 528i 528xi 528i xDrive
2011 F10 BMW 528i
2007-2010 E83 BMW X3 3.0i X3 3.0si
2007-2008 E70 BMW X5 3.0si
2007-2008 E85 BMW Z4 3.0i Z4 3.0si
2009-2010 Z4 BMW Z4 sDrive30i

Vaico
Part #: V20-2762
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Secondary Air Pump - E46 E53 E60 E63 E83

This secondary air pump helps to reduce emissions by mixing fresh air with the exhaust. When this part fails cause a engine fault code and it will trigger a "service engine soon" light. 

This item fits the following BMWs:
3/2003-2005 E46 BMW 325i 325ci 325xi 330i 330ci 330xi 
2004-2005 E60 BMW 525i 530i
2004-2010 E60 BMW 545i M5
2004-2011 E63 BMW 645ci M6
10/2003-2006 E53 BMW X5 3.0i
2004-2005 E83 BMW X3 3.0i

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Genuine BMW Valve Cover Kit - E82 128i, E9X 328i, E60 528i, E70 X5 3.0si, E83 X3, E85 Z4, E89 Z4, F10 528i N51/N52
  • All-in-one valve cover overhaul
  • Preventative replacement saves time and trouble later on
  • Includes new oil separator system
  • Replace valve cover gaskets before a leak becomes worse
  • Replace valve cover before it cracks


For the 2007 model year BMW switched to a plastic valve cover on the N51 and N52 engines. As we have seen over time the plastic can crack which leads to oil leaks, vacuum leaks, poor running, and other issues. Unfortunately, it's not just the gasket that needs periodic replacement but the entire valve cover itself. This kit includes a new valve cover, gaskets, eccentric shaft seal, and hardware. The valve cover also incorporates the oil separator which is not a replaceable item on its own. So a complete valve cover replacement will tackle multiple problem areas at once. The valve cover is the same for N51 SULEV and N52 engines.

Cracked Valve Cover. The plastic used for the N52 valve cover is thin and weak in certain spots. This makes it prone to hairline or larger cracks that will leak oil and cause vacuum leaks. You might also notice rough running, especially at idle. Often a technician will go looking for a failed ignition coil, spark plug, or failed vacuum hose on the engine. And without a fault code to assist in diagnosis this can often mean wasted time and money. A cracked valve cover is a new problem area that many techs don't think to check.

Oil Separator/Crankcase Vent. BMW integrated the oil separator system into the valve cover on these later engines. An internal manifold creates a cyclone effect and centrifugal force separates vapor from the liquid oil. The liquid oil is supposed to drain through the valve cover and back to the oil pan while the remaining vapor is burned up during combustion. It's a very efficient and environmentally-friendly design with very few moving parts. Unfortunately it's not perfect and eventually the internal passageways will become clogged. This problem is made worse in cars that have short drive cycles, sit for long periods of time, do not have frequent oil changes, do not see regular runs to redline, and cars in freezing climates. If the engine never reaches optimal operating temp the oil remains in liquid form or becomes sludge. This is bad news for the entire engine, leading to fouled spark plugs, rough running and misfires and even premature failure of catalytic converters and oxygen sensors. Since the oil separator system in the valve cover is not available on its own, and cleaning it is nearly impossible, the complete replacement of the valve cover is the only option. Other oil vent tubes and vacuum hoses are also recommended to get replaced at the same time.

Valve Cover Gaskets. As with any rubber part, failures occur when the rubber becomes dry and brittle. The pliable rubber no longer forms a seal between the cylinder head and valve cover where it will develop an oil leak. Valve cover gaskets that leak can allow oil to seep into the spark plug holes and contaminate ignition coil boots and plugs. That can lead to rough running and misfires. A new valve cover includes new gaskets.

Eccentric Shaft Seal. The seal for the eccentric shaft sensor is a known spot for oil leaks. When the seal to the valve cover fails oil can end up in the sensor itself and ruin the sensor (an unecessary $300 expense). Usually a new seal (o-ring) will stop the leaks but sometimes the valve cover is at fault too. A new eccentric shaft seal is included.

All new hardware is included to avoid re-using and over-tightening the original bolts (they have a very low torque rating).

Replacement requires accessing the rear of the engine with a lot of the upper plastic shrouding removed. The vent hose on the valve cover should be replaced as it is almost always broken anyway (#11157559528). The metal fuel line must also be removed and disconnected from the fuel injectors. Professional installation is encouraged if you have never done this kind of work before. Serious DIY types should have a Bentley Service Manual to use which greatly explains the process. You may also want to combine this work with the oil filter housing gasket replacement.

There is no maintenance or replacement interval for the N52 valve cover. However, we have seen cracks and other failures in the 50,000-90,000 mile range. Our best advice is to plan on a major top end overhaul around the 70-80,000 mile mark. There's no mechanical downside to replacing it as prevention and it will make the engine run better and last longer.

This item fits the following BMWs:
2008-2012 E82 BMW 128i
2007-2011 E90 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Sedan
2007-2012 E91 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Wagon
2007-2013 E92 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Coupe
2007-2013 E93 BMW 328i - Convertible
2008-2010 E60 BMW 528i 528xi 528i xDrive
2011 F10 BMW 528i
2007-2010 E83 BMW X3 3.0i X3 3.0si
2007-2008 E70 BMW X5 3.0si
2007-2008 E85 BMW Z4 3.0i Z4 3.0si
2009-2010 Z4 BMW Z4 sDrive30i

Genuine BMW
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Idle Control Valve - M50, M52, M52TU, M54 Rough or hunting idle? Stalling? Sputtering? These are all symptoms of poor fuel delivery or a vacuum leak in your intake system. The idle control valve is one of the areas that you can check to fix these issues. The ICV is basically a electrically-driven throttle body that regulates the air/fuel mixture at light throttle openings. Over time, the ICV can become gummed up with oil and carbon, resulting in slow or blocked operation. Worst case, the electric motor inside will freeze which will stall the engine.

The ICV will typically need to be cleaned or replaced every 100k miles. It can be cleaned with carb cleaner but for seriously dirty or old ICVs you may want to replace the whole unit with a new one. There is also a hard rubber seal between the ICV and the manifold and this should be replaced as well. You may also want to replace the Crankcase Vent Valve as it can also fill up with oil and carbon and replacement can be done at the same time as the ICV.

Add a new ICV to your M50 Manifold Upgrade to save time and money!

This is a new OEM Bosch idle control valve. We offer a new sealing grommet as an option below in case you need to replace your dry or cracked seal..
13411744713 - idle control valve
13411733217 - sealing grommet (optional)

This idle control valve fits the following BMWs:
1992-1998 E36 BMW 323is 323ic 325i 325is 325ic 328i 328is 328ic M3
1999-2005 E46 BMW 323i 323ci 325i 325ci 325xi 328i 328ci 330i 330ci 330xi
1989-1995 E34 BMW 525i
1997-2003 E39 BMW 525i 528i 530i
2004-2005 E60 BMW 525i 530i
2000-2006 E53 BMW X5 3.0i
1997-2002 Z3 BMW Z3 2.3 Z3 2.5i Z3 2.8 Z3 3.0i M Roadster M Coupe (except S54)
2003-2005 E85 BMW Z4 2.5i Z4 3.0i
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Valve Cover / Injection Rail Trim Cap - E36 E46 E34 E39 E60 X3 X5 Z4 This plug cover serves several different purposes. It covers the bolts in the valve cover on some cars and it also covers the bolts on the fuel injector rail cover on other cars.
When doing any sort of repair or maintenance there is no replacement for genuine factory parts. Turner Motorsport carries the Genuine BMW brand with pride and has the parts you need to complete your next project with confidence.

This item fits the following BMWs:
1992-1998 E36 BMW 323is 323ic 325i 325is 325ic 328i 328is 328ic
1995-1999 E36 BMW M3 - Only for Fuel Injection Rail Cap
1999-2005 E46 BMW 323i 323ci 325i (M54) 325ci (M54) 325xi 328i 328ci 330i 330ci 330xi
1991-1995 E34 BMW 525i
1997-2003 E39 BMW 525i 528i 530i
2004-2005 E60 BMW 525i 530i
2004-2006 E83 BMW X3 2.5i X3 3.0i
2000-2006 E53 BMW X5 3.0i
1997-2002 Z3 BMW Z3 2.3 Z3 2.5i Z3 2.8 Z3 3.0i
1998-2000 Z3 BMW M Roadster M Roadster (S52) - Only for Fuel Injection Rail Cap
2003-2008 Z4 BMW Z4 2.5i Z4 3.0i
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Oil Filler Cap - E90 E92 E60 F10 F01 E83 F25 F70 Genuine BMW Cap For Oil Filler - 11128655331

When doing any sort of repair or maintenance there is no replacement for genuine factory parts. Turner Motorsport carries the Genuine BMW brand with pride and has the parts you need to complete your next project with confidence.
Genuine BMW
Part #: 11128655331
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Genuine BMW Cylinder Head Cover - 11127512839 - E39,E46,E53,E60,E83,E85

For vehicles with production date from 09/2002


Genuine BMW Cylinder Head Cover -
This item fits the following BMW Chassis:
E39,E46,E53 X5,E83 X3,E85,E60,E61

Fits BMW Engines including:
M54
 

 

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Part #: 11127512839
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Electric Valve - For Secondary Air System Or Exhaust Flap

This electric valve serves one of several purposes depending on which car it is used on. Please read the application listings below to ensure you are purchasing the correct part. 

Pierburg pumps are some of the most trusted and widely used on the market. From fuel, water, air and vacuum Pierburg has you covered with OE quality and reliable performance year after year.


This item fits the following BMWs:
Secondary Air System Valve
1996-1998 E36 BMW 323is 323ic 328i 328is 328ic M3
1999-3/2003 E46 BMW 323i 323ci 325i 325ci 325xi 328i 328ci 330i 330ci 330xi
2003-2005 E46 BMW 325i 325ci (M56)
1997-2003 E39 BMW 525i 528i 530i 
2000-2006 E53 BMW X5 3.0i 
1997-2002 Z3 BMW Z3 2.3 Z3 2.5i Z3 2.8 Z3 3.0i 
1997-2000 Z3 BMW M Roadster M Coupe (S52)

Pierburg
Part #: 11747810831
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Billet Aluminum Oil Filter Housing Cap - N20 N52 N54 N55 S55 BMW uses a lot of plastic in their engine components to save weight and money. Unfortunately, plastic is damaged easily and the factory oil filter cap needs a special tool to remove. This aluminum cap is much more sturdy and features a standard 17mm hex post on the top. 17mm is also the size of your engine oil drain plug, reducing the number of tools that you need to complete an oil change. This cap is designed to use the original o-ring seal so no special parts are required. You only have to remove the original 'filter cage' from the original cap and transfer it to the new aluminum cap. The satin black anodize blends in with the rest of your engine bay making this a smart and subtle upgrade.
ECS
Part #: 003296ECS01
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Genuine BMW Oil Filter Housing Cover - E36 E46 E39 E60 X3 X5 Z3 Z4 This Genuine BMW oil filter housing cover is the plastic cap that screws onto the top of the oil filter housing on cars with the M52, M54 or M56 engines.

This item fits the following BMWs:
1995-1998 E36 BMW 323is 323ic 328i 328is 328ic
1999-2005 E46 BMW 323i 323ci 325i 325ci 325xi 328i 328ci 330i 330ci 330xi
1997-2003 E39 BMW 525i 528i 530i
2004-2005 E60 BMW 525i 530i
2004-2006 E83 BMW X3 2.5i X3 3.0i
2000-2006 E53 BMW X5 3.0i
1997-2002 Z3 BMW Z3 2.3 Z3 2.5i Z3 2.8 Z3 3.0i
2003-2006 E85 BMW Z4 2.5i Z4 3.0i
Genuine BMW
Part #: 11421744000
Price: $38.27 (USD) 
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Billet Aluminum Oil Filter Housing Cap - M52 M54 BMW uses a lot of plastic in their engine components to save weight and money. Unfortunately, plastic is damaged easily and the factory oil filter cap needs a special tool to remove. This aluminum cap is much more durable and features a standard 17mm hex and 36mm hex posts on the top. 17mm is also the size of your engine oil drain plug, reducing the number of tools that you need to complete an oil change. This cap is designed to use the original o-ring seal so no special parts are required. You only have to remove the original 'filter cage' from the original cap and transfer it to the new aluminum cap. The satin black anodize blends in with the rest of your engine bay making this a smart and subtle upgrade.
ECS
Part #: 002605ECS01A
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OEM Hella Intake Temperature Sensor - E36 E46 E39 E38 X3 X5 Z3

The temperature sensor is mounted in either the intake manifold or the intake air box assembly depending on the model of car. This OEM Hella replacement will insure proper readings and fuel/air mixtures for the given temperature.

Hella is a premium manufacturer that supplies automotive parts to numerous car brands across the world. Everything from electrical to mechanical genuine parts have been made and supplied directly to BMW before the vehicles ever leave the production floor. Their high quality, long lasting parts have made them a trusted brand chosen to help keep your BMW on the road for many years to come.

As a leading source of high performance BMW parts and accessories since 1993, we at Turner Motorsport are honored to be the go-to supplier for tens of thousands of enthusiasts the world over. With over two decades of parts, service, and racing experience under our belt, we provide only quality performance and replacement parts.  All of our performance parts are those we would (and do!) install and run on our own cars, as well as replacement parts that are Genuine BMW or from OEM manufacturers. We only offer parts we know you can trust to perform!

This item fits the following BMWs:
1996-1998 E36 BMW 318i 318is 318ti 318ic 323is 323ic 328i 328is 328ic M3
1999-2000 E46 BMW 323i 323ci 328i 328ci
2001-2005 E46 BMW 325i 325ci 325xi 330i 330ci 330xi - M54 engine only
1997-2003 E39 BMW 525i 528i 530i 540i
1997-2001 E38 BMW 740i 740il 750il
2004-2006 E83 BMW X3 2.5i X3 3.0i
2000-2006 E53 BMW X5 3.0i
1997-2002 Z3 BMW Z3 1.9 Z3 2.3 Z3 2.5i Z3 2.8 Z3 3.0i
1998-2000 Z3 BMW M Roadster M Coupe

Hella
Part #: 13621739510
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OEM Bosch Idle Control Valve - M50, M52, M52TU, M54

Rough or hunting idle? Stalling? Sputtering? These are all symptoms of poor fuel delivery or a vacuum leak in your intake system. The idle control valve is one of the areas that you can check to fix these issues. The ICV is basically a electrically-driven throttle body that regulates the air/fuel mixture at light throttle openings. Over time, the ICV can become gummed up with oil and carbon, resulting in slow or blocked operation. Worst case, the electric motor inside will freeze which will stall the engine.

The ICV will typically need to be cleaned or replaced every 100k miles. It can be cleaned with carb cleaner but for seriously dirty or old ICVs you may want to replace the whole unit with a new one. There is also a hard rubber seal between the ICV and the manifold and this should be replaced as well. You may also want to replace the Crankcase Vent Valve as it can also fill up with oil and carbon and replacement can be done at the same time as the ICV.

Add a new Bosch ICV to your M50 Manifold Upgrade to save time and money!

This is a new OEM Bosch idle control valve. We offer a new OE BMW sealing grommet as an option below in case you need to replace your dry or cracked seal..
13411744713 - idle control valve
13411733217 - sealing grommet (optional)

Bosch is one of the largest OEM producers of Genuine BMW and aftermarket parts in the world, providing parts for almost every major automotive manufacturer. Bosch has likely supplied many of the original electrical (and mechanical) parts for your BMW. Thanks to their quality, high durability, and reliability, you should expect a long service life from Bosch products.

As a leading source of high performance BMW parts and accessories since 1993, we at Turner Motorsport are honored to be the go-to supplier for tens of thousands of enthusiasts the world over. With over two decades of parts, service, and racing experience under our belt, we provide only quality performance and replacement parts.  All of our performance parts are those we would (and do!) install and run on our own cars, as well as replacement parts that are Genuine BMW or from OEM manufacturers. We only offer parts we know you can trust to perform!

This idle control valve fits the following BMWs:
1992-1998 E36 BMW 323is 323ic 325i 325is 325ic 328i 328is 328ic M3
1999-2005 E46 BMW 323i 323ci 325i 325ci 325xi 328i 328ci 330i 330ci 330xi
1989-1995 E34 BMW 525i
1997-2003 E39 BMW 525i 528i 530i
2004-2005 E60 BMW 525i 530i
2000-2006 E53 BMW X5 3.0i
1997-2002 Z3 BMW Z3 2.3 Z3 2.5i Z3 2.8 Z3 3.0i M Roadster M Coupe (except S54)
2003-2005 E85 BMW Z4 2.5i Z4 3.0i

Bosch
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Genuine BMW Oil Pan - 11137519432 - E46,E83 Replace your cracked or damaged oil pan with this Genuine BMW part that fits models with the M54 engines. The BMW aluminum oil pans can be damaged by road debris or even by putting the drain pan bolt in incorrectly.
When doing any sort of repair or maintenance there is no replacement for genuine factory parts. Turner Motorsport carries the Genuine BMW brand with pride and has the parts you need to complete your next project with confidence.

This item fits the following BMWs:
2001-2005 E46 BMW 325xi 330xi
2004-2005 E83 BMW X3 2.5i X3 3.0i - M54
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Valve Cover Vent Hose - N51 N52 - E9x, E60, E70, Z4, E82 This valve cover vent hose helps to vent the crankcase fumes on BMW's with the N51 / N52 6 cylinder engines. If replacing the the valve cover we recommend purchasing this item as well as it often will break while removing it from the valve cover.

This item fits the following BMWs:
2008-2013 E82 BMW 128i
2006-2011 E90 BMW 325i 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive 330i 330xi - Sedan
2006-2012 E91 BMW 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Wagon
2007-2013 E92 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Coupe
2007-2013 E93 BMW 328i - Convertible
2004-2010 E60 BMW 525i 525xi 530i 530xi 528i 528xi 528i xDrive
2006-2010 E83 BMW X3 3.0i X3 3.0si
2007-2013 E70 BMW X5 3.0si X5 xDrive30i
2006-2008 E85 BMW Z4 3.0i Z4 3.0si
2009+ E89 BMW Z4 sDrive30i
Genuine BMW
Part #: 11157559528
Price: $51.22 (USD) 
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Complete Valve Cover Kit - E82 128i, E9X 328i, E60 528i, E70 X5
  • All-in-one valve cover overhaul
  • Preventative replacement saves time and trouble later on
  • Includes new oil separator system
  • Replace valve cover gaskets before a leak becomes worse
  • Replace valve cover before it cracks


For the 2007 model year BMW switched to a plastic valve cover on the N51 and N52 engines. As we have seen over time the plastic can crack which leads to oil leaks, vacuum leaks, poor running, and other issues. Unfortunately, it's not just the gasket that needs periodic replacement but the entire valve cover itself. This kit includes a new valve cover, gaskets, eccentric shaft seal, and hardware. The valve cover also incorporates the oil separator which is not a replaceable item on its own. So a complete valve cover replacement will tackle multiple problem areas at once. The valve cover is the same for N51 SULEV and N52 engines.

Cracked Valve Cover. The plastic used for the N52 valve cover is thin and weak in certain spots. This makes it prone to hairline or larger cracks that will leak oil and cause vacuum leaks. You might also notice rough running, especially at idle. Often a technician will go looking for a failed ignition coil, spark plug, or failed vacuum hose on the engine. And without a fault code to assist in diagnosis this can often mean wasted time and money. A cracked valve cover is a new problem area that many techs don't think to check.

Oil Separator/Crankcase Vent. BMW integrated the oil separator system into the valve cover on these later engines. An internal manifold creates a cyclone effect and centrifugal force separates vapor from the liquid oil. The liquid oil is supposed to drain through the valve cover and back to the oil pan while the remaining vapor is burned up during combustion. It's a very efficient and environmentally-friendly design with very few moving parts. Unfortunately it's not perfect and eventually the internal passageways will become clogged. This problem is made worse in cars that have short drive cycles, sit for long periods of time, do not have frequent oil changes, do not see regular runs to redline, and cars in freezing climates. If the engine never reaches optimal operating temp the oil remains in liquid form or becomes sludge. This is bad news for the entire engine, leading to fouled spark plugs, rough running and misfires and even premature failure of catalytic converters and oxygen sensors. Since the oil separator system in the valve cover is not available on its own, and cleaning it is nearly impossible, the complete replacement of the valve cover is the only option. Other oil vent tubes and vacuum hoses are also recommended to get replaced at the same time.

Valve Cover Gaskets. As with any rubber part, failures occur when the rubber becomes dry and brittle. The pliable rubber no longer forms a seal between the cylinder head and valve cover where it will develop an oil leak. Valve cover gaskets that leak can allow oil to seep into the spark plug holes and contaminate ignition coil boots and plugs. That can lead to rough running and misfires. A new valve cover includes new gaskets.

Eccentric Shaft Seal. The seal for the eccentric shaft sensor is a known spot for oil leaks. When the seal to the valve cover fails oil can end up in the sensor itself and ruin the sensor (an unecessary $300 expense). Usually a new seal (o-ring) will stop the leaks but sometimes the valve cover is at fault too. A new eccentric shaft seal is included.

All new hardware is included to avoid re-using and over-tightening the original bolts (they have a very low torque rating).

Replacement requires accessing the rear of the engine with a lot of the upper plastic shrouding removed. The vent hose on the valve cover should be replaced as it is almost always broken anyway (#11157559528). The metal fuel line must also be removed and disconnected from the fuel injectors. Professional installation is encouraged if you have never done this kind of work before. Serious DIY types should have a Bentley Service Manual to use which greatly explains the process. You may also want to combine this work with the oil filter housing gasket replacement.

There is no maintenance or replacement interval for the N52 valve cover. However, we have seen cracks and other failures in the 50,000-90,000 mile range. Our best advice is to plan on a major top end overhaul around the 70-80,000 mile mark. There's no mechanical downside to replacing it as prevention and it will make the engine run better and last longer.

This item fits the following BMWs:
2008-2012 E82 BMW 128i
2007-2011 E90 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Sedan
2007-2012 E91 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Wagon
2007-2013 E92 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Coupe
2007-2013 E93 BMW 328i - Convertible
2008-2010 E60 BMW 528i 528xi 528i xDrive
2011 F10 BMW 528i
2007-2010 E83 BMW X3 3.0i X3 3.0si
2007-2008 E70 BMW X5 3.0si
2007-2008 E85 BMW Z4 3.0i Z4 3.0si
2009-2010 Z4 BMW Z4 sDrive30i

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Genuine BMW Aluminum Water Pump Screws - 11510392553 As aluminum screws/bolts are one time use only, be sure to replace yours with brand new bolts if/when you need to remove your water pump for any reason.
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Part #: 11510392553
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Oil Level Sensor - E9X, E82 E60 E63 E70 F10 This is the oil level sensor / sender for BMW E9X E53 E65 E70 E71 E82 E83 When this part fails it will illuminate a check light on the dash which indicates it needs to be replaced. Includes o-ring.
When doing any sort of repair or maintenance there is no replacement for genuine factory parts. Turner Motorsport carries the Genuine BMW brand with pride and has the parts you need to complete your next project with confidence.

This item fits the following BMWs:
2008-2013 E82 BMW 128i 1M Coupe
2008-7/2011 E82 BMW 135i 135is
2006-2011 E90 BMW 325i 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive 330i 330xi M3 - Sedan
2006-2012 E91 BMW 325xi 328i 328xi 328i xDrive - Wagon
2007-2013 E92 BMW 328i 328xi 328i xDrive M3 - Coupe
2007-2013 E93 BMW 328i M3 - Convertible
2006-7/2011 E90 BMW 335i 335xi 335i xDrive - Sedan Coupe Convertible
2004-2010 E60 BMW 525i 530i 528i 528xi 528i xDrive 535i 545i 550i M5
2004-2010 E63 BMW 645ci 650i M6
2004-2006 E83 BMW X3 2.5i X3 3.0i
2004-2006 E53 BMW X5 4.4i X5 4.8is
2007-2013 E70 BMW X5 4.8i X5 xDrive35d X5 xDrive48i X5 xDrive50i X5M
2006-2008 E85 BMW Z4 3.0i Z4 3.0si Z4 M Roadster M Coupe
2009+ Z4 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Z4 sDrive35i Z4 sDrive35is
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Part #: 12617607910
Price: $174.95 (USD) 
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