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#1 (permalink) Old 10-22-2004, 12:53 AM
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my car is 1993 318is, should i change now?

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????? complete sentence help.....

what are you trying to ask is it a 318 or 325????
it has a belt or not?????
look and see, if its a belt is it cracking????

your post is very confusing, can you help us out and clarify EXACTLY what you mean?!??!

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my 95 325I has a timing chain, not a belt.. shop I took it too said I'll likely never have to replace it.. honestly wouldn't worry bout it.. even at 130 k
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????? complete sentence help.....

what are you trying to ask is it a 318 or 325????
it has a belt or not?????
look and see, if its a belt is it cracking????

your post is very confusing, can you help us out and clarify EXACTLY what you mean?!??!

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sorry, i wrote some unclear sentence, i changed...

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If you are concerned about the timing chain. At least replace the tensione rwhich would extend the life of the timing chain.
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anybody have a pic from the manual as to where the tensioner is? I'm still waiting for my manual to get here... (3 more days!)

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it shouldn't be hard. my 318 is likey a very similar system. the tensioner is accessible from removing only the upper timing cover. however, as was recommended to you you likley wont need to work on it; considering you keep your oil topped off well the chain wont wear excessivley. in the case that it begins to, it will become very obvious from the loud rattling noise that will seem to come from the valve cover. To inspect, remove your valve cover (the gasket is a rubber reusable so inspecting takes only tools and time). From there you can see your cams, camgears, timing chain and the top chain guide; it'll be pleasing to find a clean shiny chain. To get to the tenioner you must then remove the timing chain cover (there will be paper gasket that will need to be replaced).
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there is a DIY link on this thread I started....maybe it will help, but it is on a M3. still should give some insight

http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/index.php?...0&st=0&p=217551
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