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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 12-27-2005, 01:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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tomorrow i'm going to replace:

-timing belt
-spark plugs / check if they need replacing
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-valve cover gasket
-oil filter
-distributor cap/rotor if i don't need to replace spark plugs

i'm wicked (east coast/north east saying for "really") excited to break out the new hydro pump and jack stand

any words of advice ?
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Old 12-27-2005, 05:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not a terrible job. Takes me about three hours if all goes well. One important point is to make sure that you replace the belt tensioner pulley if the car still has the original one which can fail. Check the Bentley manual for details. There is a number stamped on the tensioner to help identify it, and a number or letter will have been punched out on the mod-marker on the drivers door if the factory did the mod.
Other than that the job is straight forward. The only really scary thing is if you have the one piece crank pully. The two piece comes apart easily, but the one piece requires a huge wrench to loosen it. Most are the two-piece type.
Lastly, make sure to rotate the engine by hand (wrench) several times to check the crank-cam alighnment. It is critical.
Oh, and buy some "fast orange" hand cleaner it makes clean-up easy

Good Luck!! Jim
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Old 12-27-2005, 11:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I just got done changing my timing belt, water pump, tensioner pulley, and all the drive belts.....in the proccess I broke the rotor...so I had to wait to get one shipped in.

It took me a while on the whole job---but I took my time and didn't rush anything. I am convinced that if I had the choice to do it again or pay some one else $400 to do it for me (that's what they charge in my town) then I would definenlty pay someone else. But then I don't enjoy the grease monkey stuff as much as some people.

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