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Re: Stupid engine cover (brackets) 540 (archive)

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Posted by RKL on December 12, 2000 at 12:16:42:

In Reply to: Stupid engine cover (brackets) 540 posted by Mike O on December 11, 2000 at 18:48:21:

Not bakelite, the rubber has hardened due to heat and age. I used two, black, heat resistant, zip ties to fix each one of the brackets. One goes in the horizontal direction and the other vertical. Before securing the broken pieces, use some black, automotive, silicon to cement the old rubber to the metal pieces.

-RKL '94 540ia 95K - still Nik'd

I have the standard engine cover between the cylinder banks on my 540i. I don't particularly care about it, other than it probably provides noise dampening.

What drives me nuts is the brackets that hold it to the intake manifold. Each seems to be comprised of two steel (understandable) pieces linked with hard rubber or bakelite material (what were they thinking?). If the nuts are tigtened on the outside of the cover or the threads stick, loosening the outside nut spins the top 1/2 of the bracket and breaks it off from the bottom. The cover will stay in place without the brackets holding it (conformed to intake manifold), but...

WHAT were they thinking? Am I missing something? Seems like solid brackets would solve the entire issue. Anybody else have this problem? What did you do besides pay the stealer $50 a set?

94 540i 73K Tight Nik

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