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Old 06-28-2006, 06:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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88 325 iX broken rocker arm , Need help in fixing !!!

Here is deal,
Car its for salefor cheap (around $200) and Its 88 325 iX with 231k miles 5 speed, guy who have this car for sale broke rocker arm on cilynder #2 on exhaust side last winter , he was stuck in driveway and he floor it for a few seconds, and than he broke rocker arm , since they car is started 2 times but only for a few seconds, it back fire on intake because exhaust valve is closed non stop

Timing belt is still on, it maybe jump BUT i'm not sure, i pulled valve cover , spring on this exhaust valve is still good and valve is all the way up, i pushed down and it goes down smooth , it does not looks like its bent

I was wandering what parts i gonna need to get fix this and where i can find it
I gonna put new head gasket,timimh belt,water pump and some other parts BUT i'm not sure where to get rocker arm and rest of parts that i gonna need (exhaust valve if is bent ,valve seals etc)

On local Junk Yard there is 86 325 es (it does not says "es" at trunk but it got all "es" interior and trunk spoliler )

So can i use rocker arm from this 86 325 e or es
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Old 06-29-2006, 02:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yes, but you're better off replacing the whole head. It will be a little more expensive, but will save you alot of time. My E30 that I recently purchased had a blown timing belt that caused a broken rocker arm. I replaced the whole head rather than rebuild it.
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Curse you for finding such a good deal

goodluck with it
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My guess is that within its life time it had broke the timing belt and bent valves. Who ever was fixing it didn't replace all the rocker arms, just the ones that broke, and the stressed rocker arm gave out after a while. And for you to risk a repeat of that after taking the head off is just, well, dumb.
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Listen to Mavin...

I thnk the problem is to replace the rocker arm you have to pull the shaft and to do that you should pull the head and well there you are...

time for a new head

LOL

I knocked a rocker down the shaft and just re seated it and it was OK for a week.

Now I nee a whole new motor.. ha ha
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