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    Unhappy Oil Leak

    Saturday I removed the cover on my RT and found oil inside. The bike had been parked on it's sidestand for a week without use. Traced it back to the left side cylinder, most likely from the valve cover gasket. WTF? I have 9200 miles on my 2016RT, first the saddlebag problem, then the throttle position sensor and now this. MAX will pick it up for winter storage this month so hopefully they'll replace the gasket.

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    When was it last serviced, or more precisely, when was that valve cover last removed? Maybe the gasket is just not seated properly. Happened to me after a service, and simply went back and had it re-seated.
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    Check out my " https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...oil-leak!-argh " thread. Same issue with more leakage. Max took care of it...but it looked like they even got into the head gasket for my leak.[I can't tell from paperwork quoted below] nevertheless, they were easy to deal with - but you have to say something- they don't seem proactive to me, but they are responsive.

    Paperwork states: "Installed 11 12 8 542 057 :seal kit, cylinder head ... REPLACED VALVE COVER GASKET [caps on original document]

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick601 View Post
    ...but it looked like they even got into the head gasket for my leak.[I can't tell from paperwork quoted below]
    Paperwork states: "Installed 11 12 8 542 057 :seal kit, cylinder head ... REPLACED VALVE COVER GASKET [caps on original document]
    That part number is for the cylinder head cover gaskets (Valve Cover)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    That part number is for the cylinder head gaskets (Valve Cover)
    Thank you sir!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcopolo View Post
    When was it last serviced, or more precisely, when was that valve cover last removed? Maybe the gasket is just not seated properly. Happened to me after a service, and simply went back and had it re-seated.
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    6000 mi service but I don't think they removed the valve cover, just changed fluids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick601 View Post
    Check out my " https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...oil-leak!-argh " thread. Same issue with more leakage. Max took care of it...but it looked like they even got into the head gasket for my leak.[I can't tell from paperwork quoted below] nevertheless, they were easy to deal with - but you have to say something- they don't seem proactive to me, but they are responsive.

    Paperwork states: "Installed 11 12 8 542 057 :seal kit, cylinder head ... REPLACED VALVE COVER GASKET [caps on original document]
    ******
    I informed MAX in CT., they will pick the bike up for storage this month so I will be sure to remind them to check it out. I have parked it on the center stand now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick601 View Post
    Thank you sir!
    Oops, I meant to type Cylinder Head Cover Gasket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Oops, I meant to type Cylinder Head Cover Gasket.
    Oh yeah? well thanks anyway...and again! BTW- is that actual removal of the head? or are the valves somewhere else? and it isn't called a valve cover gasket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick601 View Post
    and it isn't called a valve cover gasket?
    I consider it a valve cover, but the BMW parts fiche calls it a cylinder head cover.

    Here's what you see when the valve cover is removed.

    Valve Check (4).jpg

    Valve Check (1).jpg
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