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Old 09-18-2005, 05:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1998 318is - Adjusting valve gear?

Hi,

I have a 98 318is. Ive noticed that the valve gear is fairly nosiy in operation between 2-3k RPM. Not a worn 'ticking' sound, but just loud in general. My car has only got 70k miles on it and a full history - uses no oil - hence my reason for thinking its just noisy and not worn.

Under inspection 1 in the manual i'm pretty sure theres a valve clearance check. Is this right for the 1.9 M42 engine? If so im thinking having this done may quieten things up. Although i'd guess that the followers are all self adjusting?

Can anyone shed any light?

Thanks,

Alex
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Old 09-18-2005, 07:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You should have the M44 engine, not the M42
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M42 or M44 both have HVA (hydraulic valve adjustment) and this needs no maintenance, the normal problem with these engines are timing chains and adjusters try a new adjuster first itís the cheapest
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Sorry my mistake, I think it is an M44.

My other thought was the timing chain adjusters. I will look into prices. Thanks for the reply

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