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Let me explain what I experienced.  I had a bit of a squeal, almost like belt chatter, so I sprayed some belt conditioner on the belts but this did not cure the problem.  Then my SES light came on and I read code P1159 and P1161.  These codes are actually for the O2 Sensors, but I pulled the dipstick and the air was just rushing in and the idle changed a little.  This is NOT normal, so I started with the Rear Manifold Cover and will see what I get.

There is much talk about how hard this is to get off, mainly because of 2 T-30 Torx bolts on the bottom of the Rear Manifold Cover.  I didn’t find it that hard with the tools I selected.  BMW actually recommends [per TIS] that you pull the manifold for this $80 part that btw is prone to failure.  I find that ridiculous and don’t think it is required, unless you feel you need new gaskets.

Parts: This is for a model year ’99, please verify parts numbers for your application prior to purchase.

  • 11 61 7 501 563Rear Manifold Cover

  • 11 61 1 729 728 – Gasket

  • 11 14 1 460 752 – Torx Bolt x1 [I bought just one to test fit a quality torx socket AND to size up bolts because I changed to a standard 10MM Hex head bolts]


  • ¼ inch Drive – 6 inch Flex T Handle

  • Torx T-30 Socket

  • 10 mm Socket for the new hex bolts I will put in to eliminate the PITA Torx.

  • ¼ inch Ratchet Drive

  • Flashlight [see below]

Please Click On Any Picture Below To Enlarge That Picture.

Here are the tools I used, I’ve number a few but I’m sure everyone knows what the rest are:

1.) ¼ inch Drive – 6 inch Flex T Handle

2.) Torx T-30 Socket

3.) 10 mm Socket for the new hex bolts I will put in to eliminate the PITA Torx.

4.) ¼ inch Ratchet Drive

5.) Flashlight [see below]

If you like to chew on flashlights, have at it, but I love my headband light.  It’s dark in the back of the engine compartment and this worked great.  Just please don’t look in a mirror while wearing this thing……..dork alert…:
Here’s a pic of the Torx Socket, just look at those teeth!  This should prevent and stripping:
Let’s get started.  The blue lines and arrow show what I’m replacing.  As you can see it is buried back by the fire wall, so this is the best pic I could get:
Start by removing these.  Simply slide the yellow clips off and then pull off the hoses:
There’s one off, now get the second:
Now let’s remove the only hose that needs to be removed, you can’t get access to 2 of the torx bolts unless you remove this.  Very little coolant will spill so don’t worry much about that:
Now, slide this off.  I had best luck using a long flat head screwdriver to slide it back and then lay it down.  This is spring loaded and takes some time and force to get it undone.  It slides back like the pic dictates.  Then remove the brake booster line you see here, it’s the “Y” looking thing.  For this, just cut the clamp and pull it off the Rear Manifold Cover.

***NOTE:  If you have a '98 and below, you should have a "flap" that you pop up and then slide this off.***

Now remove the 7 [seven] T-30 torx bolts that hold the Rear Manifold Cover on.  This can be tricky, but I took my time and had NO issues at all cracking them loose.  I’d actually say it was fairly easy; I just made sure the torx socket was fitted properly prior to loosening.  No pics, but you get it…..I hope….!  Once the bolts are out SLOWLY pull off the Rear Manifold Cover.

I’ve read something about a metal tube that the Rear Manifold Cover hooks to and there is a possibility that you could pull it out IF you chose to not remove the manifold, well I say not true on the ’99 plus.  Here’s a pic, it looks to me like it is all enclosed.  Now I’m not saying tear it out and blah, blah, blah:

Here’s the old Rear Manifold Cover I broke open:
Classic symptom:

Now, if you already haven’t done it, using your mirror locate the old gasket back there and pull it out.  Then take your new gasket and put it in.  The gasket is perfectly shaped and fit in nicely, even though you can’t see shit.

Here’s the bolt and washer I bought to re-install.  You need 7 [seven] of them:

Here are a few pics of the new Rear Manifold Cover.  Oil up the blue gasket so it’s slick and slides nicely when fitting the spring loaded cover thing back over it:
Another, the 2 arrows depict the hardest 2 torx bolts to get at:
And another:

I applied a light coat of oil around the main gasket prior to fitting the Rear Manifold Cover in.  Now put the Rear Manifold Cover on, and hand tighten all 7 [seven] 10mm hex bolts, then go around and tighten them all down using the variation of the Flex Drive and Ratchet .  Now put the spring loaded thing back on, the brake booster hose back on with a new clamp, put the heater core hose and clamp back on and finally put the 2 top hoses and yellow clamps back on.


Here’s another pic of the spring loaded clip.  I don’t really know what it is, but don’t forget to put it on:

To verify your Rear Manifold Cover has failed, simply start the car and pull the dipstick while the car is idling.  If you here a feel a lot of suction and a strong whoosh of air like this video clip, mare than likely your Rear Manifold Cover is shot.  This video clip was BEFORE I replaced the Rear Manifold Cover:  

Well there you have it; I’ve replaced the Rear Manifold Cover without pulling the manifold, not stripping a single torx screw and not breaking anything else.

After this replacement I cleared the codes I had and upon the first start up I noticed a huge plume of smoke, but that is normal and has not done it since.  I cleared the codes I had P1159 and P1161, drove the car and all seemed good.  I will see what happens tomorrow after another drive cycle.

***Update:  All has need good with this for several thousand miles, so my diagnosis was accurate.***


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