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Burning oil smell in my 2000 bmw 528i

I am getting a burning oil smell when the engine heats up. what are the usual places to look. I took it to 1 shop and he told me $1500 to fix.

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  • awright793 May 10, 2009

    Can I just use a water hose and engine cleaner to clean the engine and should the car be running. I also have a small pressure washer can I use this. I dont want to cause more problems??



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Possible valve cover leaking,at least this is more likely the cause, they make a die that you can use too help determine where it is leaking but some dies require ablack light too see the die,

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    michael May 10, 2009

    you can use gunk engine cleaner read, the can and i wouldnt use a high pressure washer , not up close anyhow they seem too force water into places they dont need too be. good cleaning and regular hose should work fine


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Check on your top cover gaskets they may leaking oil onto the sides of your engine ,when the engine heats the smell emanates from the oil fumes of the leaked may also check on the engine breather pipes since lose clips on the same may lead to small a mounts of leakages onto the engine.remember these leakges may be droping on the hot exhaust pipe hence the burning oil smell.

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