Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Just had valve cover gasket changed, and now slight burning smell under hood...

  1. #1

    Just had valve cover gasket changed, and now slight burning smell under hood...

    Recently had the valve cover gasket replaced (for preventative maintenance, not because it was leaking) about 500 miles ago. I now notice a slight burning smell under the hood after I get out of the car after a drive. Some people have told me it is probably the residual oil left on the valve cover gasket. Is this normal after a valve cover gasket replacement?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Lexington, KY
    Posts
    4,503
    Yes, should be gone in a few days.
    325i, 2005, 5MT, Silvergrey, leatherette, Sport package; CDV delete, KONI STR-T & KYB Excel-G, Weisslichts, Stewart H2O pump

    328i, 2010, 6MT, Spacegrey, dakota leather, M-sport packages; has a 330 intake but no tune - yet
    http://s900.photobucket.com/user/othibau/media/Junesig.jpg.html][IMG]http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac208/othibau/Junesig.jpg

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    Sacramento, CA
    Posts
    12
    I would take a quick look under the hood and check for leaks from the valve cover. It's possible the new gasket was pinched when the valve cover went back on and is leaking. More likely, though, it's just residual oil that leaked onto the engine during the install, or a combination of that and degreaser (if they cleaned up some of the old oil leak).

Similar Threads

  1. ? about valve cover gasket
    By edlvrt in forum Maintenance
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 10-29-2012, 04:23 AM
  2. Is my Valve Cover Gasket going?
    By fryebaby161 in forum Mechanical | Troubleshooting
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 05-17-2012, 09:33 AM
  3. Valve Cover Gasket
    By M3TA5IN in forum Mechanical | Troubleshooting
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 12-08-2011, 10:11 AM
  4. For Sale: Valve cover gasket
    By nike001 in forum ZHP-Related Parts & Accessories (no vehicle sales)
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-15-2011, 08:56 PM
  5. Fs: CT ZHP valve cover gasket
    By S85FTW in forum ZHP-Related Parts & Accessories (no vehicle sales)
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-29-2011, 11:49 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •