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Old 08-06-2013, 09:16 AM   #1
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Is there a good M52T head gasket DIY?

I looked around, but haven't been able to find a good DIY for changing the head gasket in a '99 328i with the M52T engine.

I have done the job on my E36 M3 with the S52, which is sort of similar to the newer engine in the E46. But the VANOS is different, and of course the M3 has an iron block instead of aluminum. I would expect the job to be similar overall, but would like to know about any differences or "gotchas" before I dive into it.

I have seen several references to using timeserts for the head bolts. Can anyone provide a source and part number? That seems like a very smart thing to do while the head is off.
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