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BMW V8 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement – M60, M62 – DIY How To – 530i, 540i, 740i, 740il, 840i, 840ci, X5

Feb 15 12

See the Fall 2009 issue of our Fast Times newsletter for a DIY how-to article on replacing the valve cover gaskets on the BMW M60 and M62 V8 engines.  These engines are installed in the following BMW models:  530i, 530it, 540i, 540it, 740i, 740il, 840i, 840ci, X5 4.4i, X5 4.6is, X54.8is.

Click below for the Fall 2009 Fast Times:

Valve Cover Gaskets (search “valve cover” after clicking link below):

Rubber gasket sealant Reinzosil (for 1/2-round cut-out sections on gaskets):

BMW 3-Series E36 Washer Wiper Module Location – Replacement How To

Feb 15 12

This answer is applicable for many BMWs in addition to the one listed below.

car year: 1994
car model: 325is
Please, I really need help finding the wiper, washer control module on my car. The wipers went from working occasionally to making a swipe once in a blue moon, to not at all now. I have the new module, but it is not covered by my Haynes manual nor my Bentley Service manual. I have looked everywhere for the old one. Can you please help?

The Bentley repair manual for the E36 chassis (3-series 92-98) shows the wiper/washer module location in the Electrical Components Locations section, on page 610-4 (figure-10).  The module is located forward of the glove box in the module mounting rack.  Remove the glove box to access the rack and the module.  Click the link below for a DIY video that shows the glove box (glovebox) removal (video is for installation of the DICE FM-RDS audio input device).

Click HERE for E36 glove box removal (go to the 4th video in the post)

Wash-Wipe Module:

Bentley Repair Manual:

BMW E46 3-Series Lighting Control Module (LKM) or Street Parking Light, Parking Light Stays On

Feb 15 12

This answer is applicable for many BMWs in addition to the one listed below.

car year: 2001
car model: 325xi
When I turned off the car this morning, the driver side parking light remained on, although the lights and vehicle were turned off. The lights have remained on since (2 hours). Is the car trying to tell me something? Checked the manual and didn’t see anything.

We would assume that you either have a faulty Lighting Control Module (LKM) or you have the street parking lights activated.

The street parking lights are activated by switching the turn signal switch to the left or right direction, with the key removed, then exiting the vehicle. The front and rear parking light on the side that is activated will stay illuminated.

If only the front parking light is on, the LKM is likely at fault.  The LKM controls all of the exterior lighting on the vehicle.  Common faults for the LKM may be various lights that operate (or do not operate) intermittently or perhaps permanently.  If a bulb is staying lit (on), this is likely an LKM fault.   On the E46 chassis (3-series 99-05) the LKM is incorporated into the main headlight switch. The headlight switch and module assembly are relatively easy to replace. Just pry off the horizontal trim panel that surrounds the switch and then remove the screws that secure the switch to the dash … pull the switch assembly out.  The procedure is covered (with photos) in the Bentley repair manual.  The replacement module and switch assembly must be coded to the vehicle, as well.

The switch/LKM unit is specific to model production dates and various options on the car.  Please feel free to give our agents a call at 800-535-2002 for ordering assistance.

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