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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 03-22-2005, 11:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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used Why should i let someone else do the valve adjustment on the car? i mean, aside from this special tool needed, i know the clearance necessary. Does it get a little more invovled than i think, or what?

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Well, if you've worked on your car before (not just changing the oil--but its about as hard) then you shouldn't have a problem doing this. It's pretty straightforward once you take the valve cover off. Make sure you remove the sparkplugs or you're in for a workout. Do this with the engine stone cold--let it sit overnight for like, 6-8 hrs (however long you sleep). As for rotating the engine, you can either get a 22mm socket and rotate it as such with the car in neutral, or you can be spiffy (and only if you have a manual transmission) and stick it in fifth and push the car to rotate the engine. I'm not sure what the firing order is. I'm sure you can find out somewhere else. Other than that, its easy and makes your engine run nicely!
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thanks. Now is this special tool really worth it, or does it just save a little time? I'ld like to know, cuz it's kind of a tossup between the tool and rewiring for push button start.
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Special tool as in the valve feeler gauges? If that's the case, then yes you must have it.

If thats not what you're talking about, please elaborate, haha.
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Special tool as in the valve feeler gauges? If that's the case, then yes you must have it.

If thats not what you're talking about, please elaborate, haha.
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the feeler guages are only like 5$ so why dont you so both?
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Originally posted by Kowalski+Mar 23 2005, 05:28 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Kowalski @ Mar 23 2005, 05:28 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-llll1l1ll@Mar 23 2005, 01:44 PM
Special tool as in the valve feeler gauges? If that's the case, then yes you must have it.

If thats not what you're talking about, please elaborate, haha.
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the feeler guages are only like 5$ so why dont you so both?
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Yeah, that's what I meant. Feeler gauges are mad cheap.
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