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After running engine five minuts a little smoke is comming from back right of engine 2000 bmw323i

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BMW valve cover is lean to the right where they also mount exhaust manifold right there. If the car has more than 50K miles I almost 80% sure your valve cover gasket leaks. I've done a couple of those.

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Tappet cover leaking oil-replace as necessary

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