whats happening everyone? new to the forum here and after a bunch of searches and not really turning up what i was looking for i figured id go ahead and post here.
I just picked up a 90 325i today from a guy i did some work on one of his other vehicles. He didn't want to pay to have the starter replaced so he gave it to me. Here's the issue.
The starter is obviously shot. It has quite a bit of oil on it and when you turn the key you can hear that some of that oil must have gotten into it cause it makes a gurgling sound. I'm going to take the intake off to replace the starter and replace the valve cover and intake manifold gasket. probably do the water pump and timing belt while im at it.
Question is, there is quite a bit of oil and grime all over the motor. Would I be better served just to drop the transmission and pull the motor out? Or is there a particular place these cars leak oil from thats a known issue (i.e rear main seal, oil pan, etc)? It didn't leak a whole bunch when he had it until he had the oil changed last and the starter went out a few days after that. any advice or input would be greatly appreciated.