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Can I drive my bmw 1 series 118i Se with a worn valtronic

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can I drive my bmw 1 series 118i Se with a worn valtronic assembly and worn hydraulic lifters and if so for how long. other issues i have been advised about are various oil leaks and slight noise from the timing chain.
the garage have already replaced a hydraulic lifter and vanos bolt. they said that the valtronic unit needed to be replaced because of wear and tear and that I could not drive it without doing this, but now say that it can be driven like that OK without replacement.
the car is old 2005 but low mileage 67,000. i bought it in March this year.
Thanks.
Andrea
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: BMW
Expert:  Steve replied 1 year ago.
Does the car have any warning lights on?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the engine block warning light and the oil pressure warning light.
Expert:  Steve replied 1 year ago.

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you should definitely NOT drive the car if the oil pressure warning light is on, you could destroy the engine if oil pressure is low.

Driving for a few weeks with worn valvetronic assembly and lifters would be okay, but still not a great idea to try to go too long without addressing the issues.

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