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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 02-27-2010, 02:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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85 318i slight hint of gas in oil

ok guys, break it to me easy. is it a head gasket or something else, like rings or valve guides
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check your compression on all cylinders... take compression readings for both "wet" and "dry"... and that will tell you where the prob lies.

gas in oil =

stuck or leaking intake valves, (maybe adjusted just a little to tight on the intake valve clearance)

worn rings

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ok, ill give that a try and post my results, what is the valve lash settings for that year?
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cold engine:

0.008in/0.20mm COLD for both intake & exhaust.

done 1 cylinder at a time, of course, with each cylinder at TDC at time of adjustment
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hey darkhorse, i know its been awhile but i found this old post of mine and im still having trouble with the injector, #3 to be exact, i took the valve cover off and i cannot see any way to adjust the valves, been a mech. for years. are the hyd. ? by chance? its an 85 318i
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old thread but I'd guess leaking injector over all the other choices.
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