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There's oil leak in front of the e46 engine where there is a black seal on a far front of the engine which looks like a cover attached to the engine

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Sounds like the oil pan. You'll need to remove it and replace the seal.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

Testimonial: "It is not actually there, but between two blocks, in front just a bit above the oil pan. There's a visible black seal that forming a U-shape like in front most part of the engine. "

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Look for Castrol TWS 10W60 Motor Oil. This car should not burn so much oil, you need to use a different kind. It is recommended by BMW as well. I also heard the VANOS isnt an issue anymore, can be fixed with a different MAFF. Good luck!

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Ok ralph first off clean motor with engine brite found at any auto parts stores
next recommendation add oil base dye to motor oil allow to run for 30 min to circulate dye useing a uv lamp or black light and inspect front cover most cases the front seal is themost likely source of leaks due to contant revolutions on front main seal
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