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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 10-19-2008, 01:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hoew would i go about adjusting the valves in an automatic.....or do i have to turn the motor with no plugs in????
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turn the engine with no plugs in.... or just bump you starter
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To turn the engine when wanting to adjust the valves on an auto trans car, get a socket to fit the nut on the crankshaft pulley wheel, so with socket and long socket bar with the plugs out you can turn the engine very slowly and set the valves one by one rather than by the key trying to get right it will take hours.
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^ not really if you have a starter button clips from positive side of the batt to the starter relay...
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^ not really if you have a starter button clips from positive side of the batt to the starter relay...
i cant believe im on your side...bump it with a push start, safer and saves you mucho head ache
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Im actually doing mine thursday( have to buy valve cover, throttle body, and intake gasket) if you go and buy a repair manuel it will tell you what you need to do turning the crank sounds easier than bumping the ignition use a long screw driver to find TDC thats all I'm going to do the clearence .10 use a feeler gauge
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the actual way to do adjust the valves is...remove the plugs to release compression, put a 22mm socket on the crank bolt and have a partner crank the engine counterclockwise....watch until the valves are completely closed on both the intake and exhaust side and then adjust.... best of luck
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