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Old 06-11-2014, 12:29 AM   #1
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Hello everyone. I new to this forum. I recently purchased a 2002 330ci with a blown headgasket as a project car. I found this site to have a lot of information on the subject and decided to join.
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:35 AM   #3
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I got the head removed and would suggest anyone who wants to take on a project like this to do their research before you get started. I used the Bentley repair manual I found free online. This website has a terrific amount of information as does pelican parts under the tech section. I also read some from german auto solutions website....I personally waited a few days while I waited for some of the tools that I ordered to arrive before I got started. The camshaft locking tool and the crankshaft locking pin was all I needed to get started.
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The head was returned from the machine shop the next day. Valve job and resurfacing and pressure testing for cracks $158. They said it was slightly warped in the middle and that a standard thickness replacement gasket will be fine. Cylinder #5 showed signs of steam cleaning, the gasket did not have any obvious markings leading me to believe the problems is in the headbolts.
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:50 PM   #5
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Just a couple of quick notes to remember when removing the head...the exhaust manifold nuts were a little troublesome to get to. After trying every socket and extension from above and below the car I had to resort to using a standard open/closed wrench! Lol. It took a little time but was eventually successful....once off I placed it on the tailgate of my truck on two pieces of 4x4 to remove the cams. I used the techniques that I read about from some of the sites I mentioned to remove them. I would suggest taking a few pictured before getting started. Although the journals are marked and numbered it helps double check the orientation when reinstalling.
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:57 PM   #6
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I'm new to this forum posting stuff. Just realized that maybe I should be posting under general and not here.
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Nice!! Sounds fun.


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Old 06-12-2014, 04:32 PM   #8
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Yea it's been a challenge so far. Looking forward to getting to drive it.
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:31 PM   #9
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Not bad price for the head work. I paid like $75 just to get a Grand Prix ecotec 4 banger re surfaced at this little shop near where I live.


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