We were learning how to do compression tests at tech school today and I thought for shits and grins I’d do the M3. While taking out the coil packs I noticed oil on the ends of the boots. Which means my valve cover gasket is bad, yaay.

So coil packs and valve cover comes off.

Not bad for a 180k mile engine!

I am SO GLAD the internals of the engine looked pretty damn clean. The timing chain was nice and tight too which is SO AWESOME.


$66 later, valve cover gasket is being delivered to the auto parts store as we speak, and I got new, fresh boots.


My car is currently sitting in the shop at school with the valve cover off awaiting new parts. Which means I have to drive the Safari tomorrow :(

Update: Woo, new gasket is here!