DIY: Do It Yourself
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|01-25-2012, 01:49 AM||#1|
Join Date: Sep 2009
My Ride: 330 Ci convertible
Project: M54 engine
Links to parts of the project
Disection of an Idle Control Valve
Versatile Torque Wrench
Pistons and Conrods
Rear Crankshaft Oil and Seal
Timing Chain Cover
Vibration Damper, Front Crankshaft Oil Seal
Oil Pan and Pump
Coolant Pump and Thermostat
Timing Tools 1
Timing Tools 2
Idle Control Valve (ICV)
Oil Filter Housing
Fuel Injection Rail
Power Steering Pump
Hi all, I'm about to start a project.
I'm currently living overseas, and the plan is to stay here for the next couple of years. My beloved 330 convertible is in storage back home, and I'm going a bit crazy not getting my hands dirty.
I have read my Bentley manual for both my car and my wife's over and over just to keep myself busy, but I just need to get my hands on something.
So I've bought myself something to play with.
I stumbled across an old M54 engine (2.5L). My plan is to pull it to bits. It came with a few accessories, which I plan to pull to pieces as well.
In the past when I did any work to my car, I'd take a bunch of photos and write all over them in photoshop so if I ever had to do it again, I would have some instructions.
I'm planning to do the same thing with this engine.
So what do I want to do?
1.Find out how it all works.
2.Pull it apart and put it back together numerous times so that I can find out which way I think is the best way to do it.
3.See if I can come up with some alternatives to the numerous BMW tools that are required to do the job.
My intentions are not to steal anyone else's glory by taking their ideas as mine. Obviously there is a mountain of information on this site and others that is fantastic.
A lot of it I have read and have no idea where to find it again. So I just want to create bunch of photos and notes for later.
If people are interested I'm going to put it all up here.
This is going to take some time so don't expect the crankshaft out in a month. I'm expecting it to take at least a year, if not more. When I finish a particular job, I'll post it up.
Below are a couple of initial photos I took of it with components marked. This may be of some help to some who are just starting to work on their E46.
What is obvious to me is that working on an engine that is on an engine stand is much easier than one that is in a car's engine bay. That being said, some of what I might write as being the way to do it may be bollocks because of the issues when the engine is installed. Feedback will be appreciated. Also, I'm sure I'll be asking for some help along the way. Thanks in advance.
Finally, just for clarity, I'm not going to talk driver/passenger side. I'm an Australian, and I drive from the right hand seat, so things would get confusing very quickly. Also right/left depends on where you are looking from. I'll just speak about the intake side, and exhaust side.
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|03-29-2012, 11:37 AM||#9|
10 years plus club
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Southern California
My Ride: M54B30
good stuff. ive been wanting to do this too.
|03-29-2012, 10:00 PM||#10|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: United States/Colorado
My Ride: 2002 325xi
Outstanding annotated photos and descriptive text. After reading a few of the articles, I now know 10x more about by 325 than I did yesterday.
What a wonderful collection of work! Thank you. I'll continue reading with great interest.
|04-09-2012, 01:06 PM||#11|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: USA - GA
My Ride: '04 330i 6mt ZSP ZPP
Dude, you are the man. If only I had a garage, engine stand, and worthy engine, I would be doing the exact same thing.
BMW CCA member - Peachtree Chapter
|09-26-2012, 03:25 AM||#14|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: TC, MN
My Ride: Tial Of Dragon
Thank you, thank you for all your hard works putting these DIY thread for us. I plan to do oil separator and oil filter housing gasket replacement, your DIY really give me confident to tackle these jobs or other jobs. Godbless!
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