Valve cover

Tiny
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  • 2002 BMW 745
  • 4.4L
  • V8
  • RWD
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  • 189,934 MILES
I replace the valve cover gasket now I can't get the cover all the down to get the screws started. What I am doing wrong?
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Monday, March 14th, 2016 AT 5:07 PM

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Tiny
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Is this rocker cover gasket a rubber seal inserted into a grove on the bottom of the rocker cover?
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 AT 2:12 AM
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Yes the valve cover gasket a rubber seal inserted into a grove on the bottom of the rocker cover
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 AT 2:28 AM
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After market and genuine seals may alter slightly in depth, make sure all old gasket and any sealant is removed from the rocker cover, place the gasket in the slot and with a soft hammer, lightly seat the seal into the slot, just tap very lightly and no sealant is required, this should seat the seal home and you should be able to start the bolts easily, do up firm all around any you should not have a problem.
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 AT 2:56 AM
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I did what you said with the soft hammer and everything else but that did not work. Do you have any other ideas
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 AT 4:48 AM
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Just to confirm you cant start the bolts because the gasket is too thick. Is this genuine or after market gasket?
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 AT 4:50 AM
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It's the top valve cover nuts I am having problem with
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 AT 4:55 AM
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It's the top and bottom nuts won't reach screw studs.
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 AT 4:59 AM
Tiny
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Are the spark plug tubes installed with new seals and sitting fully in the recess? And do you have new top spark plug tube seals? Make sure all are lubed slightly so nothing binds while fitting the rocker cover.
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 AT 5:03 AM
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See pics
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 AT 5:08 AM
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No I did not put new spark plug tubes in but the old ones are fully seated, every time the valve cover is remove you have to put in new spark plug tubes in
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 AT 6:51 AM
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Only if they are compressed and look like leaking, but it is good practice to replace anyway as they do become hard and brittle and will leak at some stage before you need to do the R/C cover again
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 AT 1:39 PM

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