BMW Exhaust Manifold Gasket Leak

Have you noticed a hissing or tapping noise coming from your BMW engine? Or maybe you’ve noticed a decrease in acceleration recently? These are both signs of an issue in your exhaust system and should not be overlooked. If you are in central Arkansas, a simple appointment at a trusted specialist shop like SL Autoworks can identify the cause of your problem, and provide the solution. We are specialists in BMW repair and maintenance, and we have seen it all!

What is the exhaust manifold gasket?

The exhaust manifold gasket seals and pressurizes the entire exhaust system in your vehicle, which is very important. If you have a cracked exhaust manifold gasket you may have issues with performance and drivability. Like most vehicle issues, the longer you leave it unaddressed the worse (and more expensive) the problem will get.

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3 Signs You Have A Problem With Your BMW Exhaust Manifold

  1. Noisy Engine – This is usually one of the first signs there is a problem with your exhaust manifold gasket. You will hear a leak coming from your exhaust that sounds like a hissing or tapping noise.
  2. Less power, acceleration, and fuel efficiency – You will likely notice a decline in the performance of your BMW. This might be a minor decrease at first, but it will get worse if you do not address it. 
  3. Burning smell – You might notice a burning smell from your engine bay. A gasket leak can burn nearby plastic pieces or wiring, causing a burning smell. You may even see some smoke, this should be addressed as soon as possible.

Do I have to go to the BMW dealer?


Your local BMW dealership might tell you they are the only ones capable of servicing your BMW. This is not true!


An independent, BMW specialty shop, like SL Autoworks, provides these services with the proper parts and knowledge of your vehicle at a lower cost.

Don’t Wait! Save money by maintaining your vehicle. 

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North Little Rock, AR 72114
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How much does it cost to fix?

Costs will depend on your specific vehicle make and model. The cost for an exhaust manifold gasket replacement starts at $300. As BMW experts, we always use the right parts and fluids specified by the manufacturer, while providing you with trusted and honest service.

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Or Call: 501-214-1091

501 West 8th Street
North Little Rock, AR 72114